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ETPS to continue to train RNLAF pilots

11th January 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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QinetiQ has signed a training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) - a five-year deal worth £5.5 million with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), the company announced on 9 January.

Under the contract the ETPS - managed by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) - will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022.

RNLAF students for the 2018 course will be among the first to fly the school’s new aircraft, purchased in 2017. The new fleet comprises two Grob 120TP, two Pilatus PC-21 fixed wing aircraft and four Airbus H125 helicopters. These aircraft will be complemented by new modular courses, featuring modern working environments, materials and teaching practices, including student-centred and distance learning. The school will continue to be led by military staff with the MoD being involved in the running, supervision and oversight of courses.

Nick Lay, operations director of test and evaluation and training transformation, QinetiQ, said: ‘This commitment from the RNLAF is a significant vote of confidence in the reinvigorated ETPS, and in QinetiQ’s strategy to modernise UK test aircrew training.

‘The introduction of multi-year agreements raises exciting new possibilities for our customers, such as tailored courses, bespoke equipment and activities, and long-term cost savings. They provide extra certainty, which increases our ability to plan for future opportunities and accommodate customer requirements, giving a huge boost to the school’s commercial appeal.’

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