All Aircraft Types And Backgrounds Considered
Officers interested in applying for
the next annual Air Force Test Pilot School Selection Board should
submit their applications to the Air Force Personnel Center at
Edwards Air Force Base by Aug. 14.
The selection board will convene Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 at AFPC
for classes beginning in July 2010 and July 2011.
"The U.S Air Force Test Pilot School is the world's preeminent
fixed-wing test pilot school," said Howard Peterson, an AFPC
special flying programs personnel technician. "Graduates of TPS are
in high demand in an era of increasing technology advancements on
the battlefield. Graduates also have a profound influence on the
designs of future combat capabilities and ensure mission
suitability for use in the field."
Test Pilot School officials train pilots, combat systems
officers, and military and civilian engineers to develop, test and
evaluate the newest aircraft and weapons systems. The selects will
fill positions in the fighter, multi-engine, helicopter and/or
unmanned aircraft vehicle categories. Rotary wing pilots and
engineers will conduct testing on the latest rotary wing systems to
include CV-22 Osprey and special operations assets.
Test Pilot School officials recently expanded the program to
include a new unmanned aircraft system curriculum as part of the
combat systems officer classification.
"In addition, the U.S. Air Force test pilot school conducts
exchange programs with the U.S. Navy, United Kingdom, and French
test pilot schools to train fixed and rotary wing pilots and flight
test engineers," Mr. Peterson said.
New graduates of the Test Pilot School are awarded a master of
science degree in flight test engineering by Air University,
accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Eligible Air Force officers and civilians may also volunteer for a
joint Air Force Institute of Technology and the Test Pilot School
program leading to an additional master of science degree in
aeronautical, electrical, and computer engineering.
Applicants from all aircraft types and backgrounds must have
strong academic and technical experience and a desire to help
develop the next generation of Air Force weapons systems.
Applications received after the cut-off date will not be considered
by the selection board.