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The National Test Pilot School (NTPS), Mojave, California, USA

January 11th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is one of two civilian-operated test pilot schools in the world (the other being the Empire Test Pilots' School). Located at the Mojave Spaceport in Mojave, California, the school attracts students primarily from commercial aircraft manufacturers and foreign air forces. NTPS offers a variety of courses for both test pilots and flight test engineers, ranging from 3-day specialty seminars to year-long Master's Degree courses, through the associated National Flight Test Institute. To provide a "hands-on" flight test environment, the school operates a fleet of over 40 aircraft, ranging from Cessna 150s to the supersonic SAAB Draken figher.

The school was established in 1981 by retired test pilot Sean Roberts to fill a need for an institution that catered to non-military test pilots. In February, 1994, the National Flight Test Institute was established as the degree-granting branch of NTPS.

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