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Training Aircraft and Simulators

The school has assembled a unique and diverse fleet of training aircraft, including the British Hawker Hunter T75, Aero Vodochody L-39C and L-29, Bombardier Challenger 601 and Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 models, as well as MBB BO- 105M and Bell 206 helicopters, among others. The L-39 Albatros fleet have been upgraded with full-color touchscreen displays and hands-on throttle and stick controls. Simulation is heavily incorporated into all training programs, and the school employs virtual reality (VR) to boost training effectiveness.

Variable Stability Flying

ITPS uses the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC’s) Bell 212 variable stability helicopter as an invaluable tool for training students on how to assess handling qualities. Equipped with digital fly-by-wire systems that adjust the helicopters’ flying characteristics in flight. For fixed wing students, ITPS uses CALSPAN’s Lear 25’s that are configured with a digital flight control systems which is re-configurable in-flight to demonstrate varying degrees of stability in three axes. The evaluating pilot station is equipped with both a centre stick and side stick inceptors, both programmable to show the impact of inceptor ergonomics and characteristics on handling qualities.


ITPS puts the emphasis on technology. The school employs modern avionics, head-up display (HUD) technology, tactical datalink, live virtual constructive training and advanced simulation systems to enhance its flight test training programs. Simulators – including F-18 and Boeing 787 units – are used throughout the test pilot and flight test engineer training programs.

They facilitate instruction in electronic flight information and HUD systems evaluation, fly-by-wire flight control laws, autopilot and flight management systems assessment. ITPS has also contracted with CAE’s Toronto training centre to access a number of simulators for test pilot school exercises.


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