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Billie Flynn Joins the ITPS Team!

January 28, 2021

ITPS/ITTC is pleased to welcome Billie Flynn to the team as a consultant in the development of 5th Generation flying, training and test pilot capabilities.  His leadership and experience as a global senior experimental test pilot will contribute to the development of the ITPS curricula ensuring that future test pilots and flight test engineers are prepared for advanced aircraft handling as well as mission systems testing.  His experience in flying the most advanced 5th Gen fighter in the world today will be leveraged in the development of a 5th Gen Technology Roadmap to ensure that the ITPS/ITTC 5th Gen platform and curriculum prepares student fighter pilots and test pilots for advanced fighter aircraft.

Billie Flynn recently retired from Lockheed Martin as Senior F-35 Test Pilot and Fellow after a long and stellar career testing all variants of the F-35 as well as extensive F-16 testing.  He is a 23-year veteran of the RCAF and began his military flying career as the first CF-18 pipeliner selected to fly the Hornet.  He culminated his Air Force career as the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Task Force Aviano leading combat operations with Operation Allied Force.  Post-military, with over 5000 hours and 80 aircraft, he tested the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado and F-4 aircraft based in Munich, Germany.  Billie is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.  He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the United States Naval Test Pilot School and holds multiple post-graduate degrees.

On his recent visit, Billie spent time familiarizing himself with ITPS facilities and staff.  Billie was briefed and introduced to the 5STA Hawker Hunter upgrade and our simulator centre including B787, F-18 and F-35 simulators. The day ended with Billie addressing staff and students in an informal brief on his extraordinary experience flying  5th Gen Fighters.

Billie Flynn in simulation centre at International Tactical Training Centre
Billie Flynn discussing fixed wing aircraft at ITPS in London, Canada while leaning over aircraft cockpit
Pilot Billie Flynn at International Tactical Training Centre in Canada in front of L39 jet trainer inside hangar
Billie Flynn, 5th Gen Fighter Test Pilot at International Tactical Training Centre in front of ITTC Grey L39