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Commanding Officer

Head of ETPS

Cdr Stuart Irwin RN

Commanding Officer


Modern flight test programmes are complex and expensive feats of endeavor, requiring high levels of skill and understanding in order to get the maximum capability out of Air Systems for Defence and industry. Maximising this capability within the bounds of what is safe requires trained specialists with a broad range of theoretical, practical and analytical skill – imparting this ability in our trainees is what ETPS does best.

As a military Flight Test school working hand in hand with our industry partner QinetiQ, we reflect the integrated nature of modern flight test programmes. Building on 75 years of heritage and knowhow, we continue to evolve our understanding of the principles of flight test as technology progresses, and to update our course content and teaching methods accordingly.

The instructional staff at ETPS are made up of military instructors who have recent operational experience, and QinetiQ instructors who have unparalleled experience in the delivery of flight test tuition; from our academic ground school staff to the airborne instructors, we strive to continue to provide world class flight test training.

In 2019 we will introduce new state-of-the-art aircraft incorporating the very latest systems technology; a new revamped course which will reflect the demands of modern flight test; and cutting edge training delivery methods - the future at ETPS looks very exciting indeed.

I look forward to seeing you at MOD Boscombe Down.

Commanding Officer