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Introduction to Rotary Wing Performance and Flying Qualities Flight Test

48 Lecture Hour(s)
5 Flight Hour(s)
8 Simulation Hour(s)
2 Week(s)
Minimum of 2 Aircraft Types Flown

This course is an introduction to rotary-wing flight test methods aimed towards the average aviation professional. Course content includes the basic theoretical concepts required for a short course, while its primary learning objective is the understanding of the practical flight test methods used for performance and flying qualities evaluation of rotary-wing aircraft.
The course includes a total of 8 flight test exercises on a minimum of 2 aircraft types (one single and one multi-engine RW aircraft) and 1 simulator type (AW139) in all of which the student participates as on board crew. The AW139 simulator used is part of the ITPS Advanced Aircraft Simulation Center and is specially configured as flight test training tool.
The final flight test exercise is a hands-on flight for each student providing the opportunity to the student to practice the flight test principles and techniques learnt. The course concludes with each student delivering a short oral presentation on the hands-on flight findings.
All flight test exercises are combined with detailed pre- and post- flight briefings led by instructors, emphasizing the test techniques, data collection and top-level data analysis. Special concern has been given to the delivery pace which guarantees all students receive maximum benefit and have an enjoyable learning experience regardless of their flight experience or technical level

Admission: No pre-requisites. This course is targeted to aviation professionals with no prior flight test experience.


  • Introduction to Flight Test
  • Safety and Risk in Flight Test
  • Civil and Military Specifications
  • Test Planning
  • Report Writing
  • Air Data and Pressure Error Corrections
  • Engine and Rotor Governing Assessment
  • Hover Performance
  • Vertical Flight Performance
  • Level Flight Performance
  • Climb and Descent
  • Flight Control Characteristics
  • Longitudinal Static Stability
  • Lateral Directional Static Stability
  • Dynamics
  • Handling Qualities & ADS33

Start date:       On-site in June & October 2024
Duration:         2 weeks

The new facility features a 27,000 sq.ft. hangar, big enough to house ITPS’s expanding fleet of aircraft. The administration and classroom building have been extended by 15,000 square feet and feature six additional classrooms, a simulator centre, a state of the art Telemetry Room, additional student facilities and change rooms. The new building features additional briefing rooms, a flight crew ready room and much enlarged canteen area.

CYXU is a modern regional airport 5 nm north east of the city of London, Ontario. The airport is an international gateway airport with direct flights from Chicago and Detroit and Immigration and Customs facilities. It is as of 2009 the 20th busiest airport in Canada, which makes for efficient school operations with little to no delays due to traffic. The airport is south of Toronto and outside the Toronto (CYYZ) FIR and has close access to large sections of Class E and G airspace minimizing transit times for the execution of flight exercises which can be flown up to FL180 on a VFR flight plan but are Controlled VFR (CVFR) with flight control by Toronto Center above 12000 feet. Two dedicated test areas Delta and Juliet a low altitude one to 12000 and a high altitude one over Lake Huron, up to FL350, north west of London may be used by the school under an agreement with NAV Canada, the Canadian Air Traffic Control Authority. The school therefore enjoys a very favourable air traffic environment for its training operations.

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