ITPS PRESIDENT, TEST PILOT, FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER
Giorgio has 34 years of flying experience, 20 of which have been in flight testing. He holds a postgraduate certificate in Aerospace Engineering from Bristol University in the U.K. and an Airline Transport Pilot Licence. He is a graduate of NTPS 1990, Flight Test Engineer Course.
Giorgio’s flight testing experience as a pilot and flight test engineer spans fixed-wing and helicopter, civil and military. He has been contracted by a number of major aircraft manufacturers on Part 23, 25, 27 and 29 certification projects. In these positions, he worked with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Austro Control of Austria, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada.
Projects have included performance and stability and control flight tests, cockpit workload (AW-139, 109LUH at Agusta), natural icing flight tests (Embraer-145, Alenia C-27J, IPTN CN-235-200, Diamond DA-42), powerplant and systems certification and avionics systems (Grob G-180Spn).
Contracted by Diamond Aircraft to set up a flight test department in Canada, he conducted the initial proof of concept flight test for the D-Jet prototype as well as the whole Diamond piston-engine line.
Giorgio’s military experience includes participating in the flight test of the Mirage IIIBZ upgrade for the South African Air Force. Subsequent experience includes stores certification and weapons testing, navigation systems, targeting pod and laser warning receiver tests.
Giorgio has over 24 years of experience training test pilots and flight test engineers and in designing and managing military training programs for customers from around the world. He has flown over 3,000 hours on more than 60 aircraft types. Giorgio is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.
Dr. Andre Celere
Andre has over 24 years’ experience in the Aerospace industry, including over 11 years at Embraer in Brazil. Andre is a graduate of the 1999 Flight Test Engineer course at the International Test Pilot School in the UK. Andre’s experience in flight tests following his time at ITPS included being the Flight Test Engineer Co-ordinator at the Embraer Flight Test Centre in Sao Jose dos Campos, where he designed the flight test campaign for the EMBRAER 170 Jet, coordinated asset usage and optimization. Planned all flight test campaign for E170, interfacing with all engineering sectors. Coordinated one aircraft and team of 4, all configuration and maintenance aspects. Participated in the aircraft conception phase as flight test an design and test engineering. Saved 3.5% from total budget and 14% from budgeted flight hours. Certified aircraft on time in Brazil, US and Europe. His next position was that of Flight Test Engineer Supervisor where he managed team of 6 for the EMBRAER 195 Jet Flight Test Campaign. He was part of the crew that performed first flight of E195 prototype. He designed and managed the Flight Test Campaign, for the 195 jet airliner leading to successful certification. His next position was that of Engineering Manager, where he was responsible for the Design Organization structure, hired and implemented team. Managed Multidisciplinary projects going from conceptual design to detailed engineering, manufacturing, assembly, testing, certification. Andre graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently a PhD in Aeronautical of Engineering and an MBA from the Universidade de Sao Paulo.
Adam T. Lowes
Adam Lowes has 17 years of flight test experience with the Canadian Forces and has recently retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force after 26 years of service. A 2004 graduate from the United States Test Pilot School and a proponent of life-long-learning, he holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business. Adam has had the privilege of flying the venerable Sea King for eight years which included operational deployments spanning the globe. Adam was instrumental in the testing and conversion of the Sea King to ANVIS compatible lighting and during the past 17 years, he has conducted extensive evaluations on IR countermeasures and door guns including the Dillon M134, GAU-21 (M3M), and C-6 GPMG. He has also evaluated multiple EO/IR sensors and Helmet Mounted Displays. During his last four years in the Canadian Forces, Adam worked exclusively in developmental flight test on the CH148 Cyclone helicopter which included: performance, Handling Qualities, Fly-By-Wire/Flight Director mission mode development (Sonar Cable Angle Hold and Crew Hover), icing and avionics. He was the lead Canadian Forces test pilot for Shipboard Helicopter Operating Limits which culminated in five months at sea establishing the day, night and aided envelopes of the CH148 for the Halifax Class Frigate.
Cédric is a recently retired helicopter pilot from the French Air Force. During his 24 years in the military, he assumed several positions of responsibility such as Patrol Leader, Flight Commander and Squadron Chief of Operations and was employed in numerous missions in France and abroad: Search and rescue, Air Police, Combat against illegal gold mining and fishing, Ground Troops Support including Close Air Support and live firing with pintle-mounted or axial weapons He was graduated from the EPNER and joined the French Flight Test Centre as EC 725 program pilot and Electro- optic systems specialist. He oversaw the development and evaluation of multiple Electro-optic sensors (last generation NVG, FLIR, Obstacle Warning Systems, Helmet Mounted Displays…) and participated in the EC 725 Night Air to Air Refueling flight envelope expansion. He was responsible of the AS 555 Fennec and the AS 332 M1e Cougar renovation programs and has been part of most of the French force’s helicopters upgrade programs and acceptance flights. In the meantime, as Instructor then Chief Test Pilot Instructor, he has been in charge of all the different rotary wing test courses at the EPNER. He holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the French Air Force Academy, an EASA ATPL(H)-IR, he is Type Rating Instructor on AS 350 and EC 225/ AS332, and CAT -1 Flight Test Pilot and Flight Test Instructor. He has flown more than 4100 flight hours on nearly 40 types of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, including 1400 flight test hours.