Airbus Defence and Space selects the International Test Pilots School for training


Airbus Defense and Space is to train its test pilots and flight test engineers at the International Test Pilots School in Canada.

Airbus has selected the International Test Pilots School (ITPS), which is based in London, Ontario, to provide its test flight training for the next three years.

The first pair of Airbus experimental test pilot and lead flight test engineers will start their courses in January 2021. They follow previous students from Airbus divisions since 2017.

Giorgio Clementi, president of the ITPS said, “We are delighted at this award and further recognition of the quality of our training by Airbus.

“ITPS has long been providing flight testing instruction to industry worldwide including to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Leonardo Helicopters and Leonardo Systems in Italy, Turkish Aircraft Industries and Airbus Military Spain, Airbus Commercial Aircraft in France and Airbus Helicopters Romania.”

The Airbus award follows closely the recent award of a Standing Offer from the Royal Canadian Air Force and provides further recognition of the excellence of the training. ITPS is one of only eight fully accredited schools of flight testing and one of only four approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).


Read our Q&A feature on what it takes to become a test pilot and the ITPS here

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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