The Politecnico di Torino (for friends PoliTo) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Test Pilot School (NTPS). The American school ranks fifth in the league for the training of pilots and engineers interested in flight testing. In addition to being certified and recognised by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), the school is certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
The National Test Pilot School is a civilian, non-profit institution of higher education located and incorporated in the State of California. The school was founded in 1981 to meet the needs of flight test training. NTPS students and clients have a diverse background. They include members of military organisations, the aerospace industry, governments, certification agencies and even private citizens. The mission of the US school is to educate and train military and civil aviation personnel so that each graduate improves flight test and aviation safety and enhances the aerospace profession worldwide.
PoliTo agreement with NTPS and flight tests
The cultural exchange between the entities belonging to the two different continents will have as spokesmen the teachers of the respective schools. At PoliTo, the reference teacher is Professor Manuela Battipede, a lecturer at DIMEAS (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering). She will take part in the training activity as a lecturer in the US school. Her counterpart is Commander Andrea Pingitore, a test pilot and certified instructor at NTPS. He will be invited as a lecturer seminarist within the course Seminars in Aerospace Engineering provided by PoliTo in the Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Professor Manuela Battipede saysWe have worked on this agreement with great enthusiasm, knowing from the outset that it will be a concrete and effective working tool to pass on to the students of the Politecnico the culture of flight testing, an essential phase in the development and certification of any aircraft.
PoliTo and innovative teaching: a bridge to the world of work
The course consists of a series of seminars held by excellent speakers in the field of aerospace with the aim of bringing the student closer to the industrial reality. In fact, the course has a twofold objective. The first aims to introduce students to the professional world of aerospace. It aims to contextualise the figure of the designer by including other job profiles that follow the aerospace vehicle during its life cycle.
The second objective is to provide the student with an encounter with representatives of the industrial world. The second objective is to provide the student with an encounter with representatives of the industrial world, a reality that may seem distant to him, but with which he will soon have to interface once he enters the world of work. The debate with each lecturer will end with a series of questions and comments that may be followed by ideas for thesis and internship activities. At the moment, the advantage of being able to enrol on the course belongs only to students on the Aerospace Engineering pathway. The degree course is already distinguished in the national panorama by the EASA Part 66 programme.
A spirit of adventure, exploration and discovery. These are the ingredients that give Aerospace Engineering studies their special appeal. From the beginning of the twentieth century until today, the aerospace industry has always demanded highly qualified and innovative personnel. The new programme at Politecnico di Torino will give a more practical slant to the degree course, introducing freshmen to the field of flight testing and experimental flight.