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Applications open for test pilot school

Dec. 29, 2012 - 09:28AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 29, 2012 - 09:28AM  |  
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Application packets must be received at Human Resources Command by March 15.

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Army Experimental Test Pilot Training Program board that will convene April 30.

Aviation warrant officers selected for the rigorous training regimen will attend an 11-month course at the Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Md.

The school conducts two classes per year, one beginning in February and the other in August.

Commissioned officers also are eligible for this program, but they must apply under the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program, the Army's new system for managing commissioned officer branch and functional area transfers.

Interested officers should contact"> for additional information.

Commissioned officers accepted for the program will be transferred to the Army Acquisition Corps.

The selection process for this program is divided into two phases. Phase I is the Officer Personnel Management Directorate board, which convenes April 30 at Human Resources Command.

Officers selected for the Phase II assessment will be given a flight test and an academic evaluation and board interview.

Applicants must be in the grade of chief warrant officer 2 or higher, and have a strong academic background in algebra, calculus and physics.

Although a degree in an engineering discipline is desired, it is not required.

Applicants also must have:

A minimum of 12 months' time-on-station if assigned in the U.S., or a rotation date no later than March 2014 if assigned overseas. Deployed soldiers also are eligible, provided they will return to home station by March 2014.

Pilot Status Code 1, and meet the medical fitness standards of Chapter 4, Army Regulation 40-50 (Standards of Medical Fitness).

The ability to pass the naval swim test and flight physical.

Completed the appropriate military education level for their current grade before attending the Naval Test Pilot School.

1,000 flight hours, with at least 700 in rotary-wing aircraft.

Completion of such academic courses as differential equations, aircraft stability and control, thermodynamics, heat transfer, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, propulsion, vibration analysis, aerodynamics and performance.

Application packets should include signed endorsements from members of an officer's chain of command, official college transcripts and endorsements from a standardization instructor pilot and other aviation officials regarding the applicant's flying ability and operational experience.

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