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Flight Test Centre of Excellence at Carp

Oct. 13, 2009, Carp, Ont. - The Flight Test Centre of Excellence will commence operations on the Oct. 15, 2009 and will provide world class aerospace certification, training and applied Research and Development services.


October 13, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 13, 2009, Carp, Ont. – The Flight Test Centre of Excellence (FTCE) will commence operations on the Oct. 15, 2009 and will provide world class aerospace certification, training and applied Research and Development services. The FTCE will be located at the Carp Airport near Ottawa.

The intent is to create a nexus of flight test excellence that will serve both national and foreign markets.  As part of the FTCE, the AFTTC will be dedicated to flight test training and specialized aerospace training. The AFTTC combines a wide range of training solutions and technical expertise with state of the art training aircraft.

The AFTTC’s advanced expertise in integrated training solutions, e-learning environments, synthetic training technologies and airborne flight test platforms offers customers a blended learning environment ensuring one of the most technologically-advanced and comprehensive training offerings in the industry. 

The AFTTC will be staffed with highly-qualified and experienced instructors with support from a wide range of aerospace domain and training experts with hands-on experience and an in-depth knowledge of your flight test and flight training needs.  These flight test experts will come from Canadian and US Academia, the Empire Test Pilot’s School (ETPS), and Canadian aerospace companies.

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The AFTTC will be conducting its first two courses this fall with Canadian Department of National Defence as its first client. The first course is Introduction to Avionics Flight Testing and the second is the Introduction to Fixed Wing Flight Test course.

There will be follow-on courses next year that will range from short two-week courses to longer courses lasting several months. Graduates of all courses will receive ETPS graduation certificates. The intent is to eventually have these courses be recognized by a Canadian University to allow students to gain credit towards an advanced degree.