Because all USNTPS students to date have been pilots and naval flight officers trained to operate traditional manned aircraft, creating a dedicated UAS curriculum could come with undesirable consequences.
Another sign of the steady shift to UAS aviation occurred at USNTPS in January, when the school enrolled its first UAS-exclusive pilot, a Marine, in a full 11-month course, said Lt.
Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) students fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) like the one pictured above as part of the school's intermediate UAS course.
This modification will replace the existing weather radar with an AESA radar that meets the USNTPS requirements for training and supportability, and Navy Test Wing Atlantic (NTWL) Open Architecture (OA) flying test bed requirements.
USNTPS trains experienced pilots, Naval Flight Officers (NFOs), and engineers to become qualified test pilots, test flight officers, and flight test engineers that support test and evaluation programs.
The third generation of flying classroom for the USNTPS
curriculum, ASTARS III is a custom tailored C-26A Metroliner equipped with military equipment and subsystems, plus a simulation lab that was built in conjunction with the aircraft to have matching crew stations.
Nilsen's keen eyes in noting my erroneous statement about my USNTPS
instructor Pete Conrad.
To allow students to learn how to evaluate systems integration performance, USNTPS employs two NP-3D ASTARS (Airborne Systems Training and Research Support) aircraft in the systems test and evaluation environment.
As Naval Aviation's mission moves forward with increasing emphasis on software technologies, the USNTPS Systems Syllabus continues to produce testing personnel who are skilled in this arena.
For more information on USNTPS, go to www.usntps.navy.mil.