Join fellow FCA Members Saturday February 18th as we tour the National Test Pilot School at the Mojave Air & Space Port.
Our members will be given a private VIP Tour of the school conducted by a legendary test pilot.
The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is the only civilian test pilot school in the United States. NTPS is one of the seven test pilot schools worldwide recognized by the international Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In 2016, NTPS became the first test pilot school in the world to be certified as a Flight Test Authorized Training Organization (ATO) by the European Aviation Safety Organization (EASA).
The mission of the National Test Pilot School is to train test pilots and flight test engineers who will enhance aviation knowledge, increase flight test competency, and improve aviation safety worldwide.
Our tour guide will be James E. (JB) Brown III, President, Chief Operating Officer, and Test Pilot Instructor.
Previously, JB was the Chief of Flight Operations for the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. Before that, he was the chief test pilot for the F-22 Raptor program stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California where he performed activities including avionics testing, flight envelope expansion, and the creation of procedural flight manuals for the Air Force. Before that, he was the chief test pilot for the F-117 Nighthawk. Brown is a Fellow and past President of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
At the same time we will enjoy the "Plane Crazy" Air Show with an amazing array of vintage and experimental airplanes!
Our morning will begin at Panera in Santa Clarita where coffee and pastries will be provided. Then we will hop on the freeway for a 65 mile (59 minutes) drive to the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Lunch options available after the event.
Cost is $20 per person to cover refreshments and club expenses.
Note: This event was originally scheduled for June 2021 but was cancelled. Anyone that signed up for the original date and did not request a refund may attend at no charge.
For more information, please reply to event organizer Jim Bindman: firstname.lastname@example.org.