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The ITPS instructor team consists of a truly international group of experts with the broadest spectrum of expertise in fixed and rotary wing, civil and military flight tests.
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    Giorgio Clementi

    ITPS PRESIDENT, TEST PILOT, FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER

    Giorgio has 34 years of flying experience of which twenty have been in flight testing. He holds a Post Graduate certificate in Aerospace Engineering from Bristol University in the UK and an Airline Transport Pilot License. He is a Graduate of NTPS 1990, Flight Test Engineer Course. Giorgio’s flight testing experience as a pilot and flight test engineer spans fixed wing and helicopter, civil and military. He has worked as a contractor for a number of major aircraft manufacturers on Part 23, 25, 27 and 29 certification projects. During these he has worked with UK CAA, FOCA, Austro Control, FAA and Transport Canada. Projects have included Performance and Stability and control flight tests, cockpit workload, (AW-139, 109LUH at Agusta) natural icing flight tests (Embraer-145, Alenia C-27J, IPTN CN-235-200, Diamond DA-42), power plant and systems certification and avionics systems (Grob G-180Spn). Contracted by Diamond Aircraft to set up a Flight test department in Canada, he conducted initial Proof of Concept flight test for the D-Jet Prototype as well as the whole Diamond piston engine line. Giorgio’s military experience includes participating in the flight test of the Mirage IIIBZ upgrade for the South African Air Force. Subsequent experience Stores Certification and Weapons Testing, Navigation Systems, Targeting pod and Laser Warning receiver tests In parallel Giorgio has over 24 years experience training test pilots and flight test engineers and in designing and managing military training programs for customers from around the world.
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    Dr. Andre Celere

    FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER INSTRUCTOR (FW)

    Andre has over 24 years’ experience in the Aerospace industry, including over 11 years at Embraer in Brazil. Andre is a graduate of the 1999 Flight Test Engineer course at the International Test Pilot School in the UK. Andre’s experience in flight tests following his time at ITPS included being the Flight Test Engineer Co-ordinator at the Embraer Flight Test Centre in Sao Jose dos Campos, where he designed the flight test campaign for the EMBRAER 170 Jet, coordinated asset usage and optimization. Planned all flight test campaign for E170, interfacing with all engineering sectors. Coordinated one aircraft and team of 4, all configuration and maintenance aspects. Participated in the aircraft conception phase as flight test an design and test engineering. Saved 3.5% from total budget and 14% from budgeted flight hours. Certified aircraft on time in Brazil, US and Europe. His next position was that of Flight Test Engineer Supervisor where he managed team of 6 for the EMBRAER 195 Jet Flight Test Campaign. He was part of the crew that performed first flight of E195 prototype. He designed and managed the Flight Test Campaign, for the 195 jet airliner leading to successful certification. His next position was that of Engineering Manager, where he was responsible for the Design Organization structure, hired and implemented team. Managed Multidisciplinary projects going from conceptual design to detailed engineering, manufacturing, assembly, testing, certification. Andre graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and subsequently a PhD in Aeronautical of Engineering and an MBA from the Universidade de Sao Paulo
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    Frédéric Hauviller

    HEAD OF TRAINING

    Fred was the former HEAD OF THE TIGER TEST TEAM / SENIOR TIGER TEST PILOT at the French Army Aviation Flight Test Center from 2010 to 2016. He was responsible to evaluate new versions of TIGER for the basic vehicle, the mission system, the weapon system and logistics as well as to improve the existing versions based on feedback from overseas operations. He was responsible for operational testing of HAP TIGER, leading to the full operational implementation of the HAP version of the EC665 TIGER. As team leader he participated in all meetings for defining the future standards of the EC665 TIGER (MKII and TIGER MKIII in conjunction with the German, Spanish and Australian teams and was reference test pilot for TIGER simulation (TATM). Prior to being appointed Head of the Tiger team he was Project manager for the new Army Aviation Airborne Combat Management System on SA330 PUMA and Project manager for the HC4 (HIL). Fred’s operational experience as an army helicopter pilot with the 6th Combat Helicopters Regiment (Compiègne) includes appointments as Staff Officer (responsible for training), Flight Commander of attack helicopters (10 helicopters) and Patrol Leader. He participated in deployments to Afghanistan, Kosovo, Ivory Coast (as Head of Air Operations), Bosnia and Djibouti. Fred is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilot School and winner of the Patuxent River Shield on course. He graduated from Cranfield University with an MSc in Flight Dynamics. Fred has flown 2900 flight hours on 23 types of aircraft and holds an EASA CPL-IR (H) and CAT-1 Test Pilot and Flight Test Instructor ratings.
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    Adam T. Lowes

    TEST PILOT INSTRUCTOR (RW)

    Adam Lowes has 17 years of flight test experience with the Canadian Forces and has recently retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force after 26 years of service. A 2004 graduate from the United States Test Pilot School and a proponent of life-long-learning, he holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business. Adam has had the privilege of flying the venerable Sea King for eight years which included operational deployments spanning the globe. Adam was instrumental in the testing and conversion of the Sea King to ANVIS compatible lighting and during the past 17 years, he has conducted extensive evaluations on IR countermeasures and door guns including the Dillon M134, GAU-21 (M3M), and C-6 GPMG. He has also evaluated multiple EO/IR sensors and Helmet Mounted Displays. During his last four years in the Canadian Forces, Adam worked exclusively in developmental flight test on the CH148 Cyclone helicopter which included: Performance, Handling Qualities, Fly-By-Wire/Flight Director mission mode development (Sonar Cable Angle Hold and Crew Hover), icing and avionics. He was the lead Canadian Forces test pilot for Shipboard Helicopter Operating Limits which culminated in five months at sea establishing the day, night and aided envelopes of the CH148 for the Halifax Class Frigate. Adam is an avid woodworker and has even built a timber framed home from the ground up. His next aspiration is to design and build an electric car … that is of course when he isn’t flying or trying to keep up with his three busy children.
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    Jason Paquin

    TEST PILOT INSTRUCTOR (FW)

    Jason retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) after 28 years of service and collected almost 4,000 hours on 40 aircraft types. Since 2003, he has held flying and ground combat standards positions on multiple fleets and disciplines. His flying roles have included Electronic Warfare, Tactical Fighter / Attack, Advanced Jet instruction, and Flight Test. As a fighter pilot, he participated in both combat and peacekeeping roles in Bosnia / Herzegovina and Kosovo, along with NORAD sovereignty missions in the Arctic. Jason also finished his Air Force career as the Fighter Standards and Evaluation Team Instructor Pilot, which is the RCAF’s most senior standards position responsible for pilots of the CF-18 and Hawk aircraft. After graduating from the Empire Test Pilots’ School in 2009, he participated in several weapons and systems flight test programs, including: smart weapon envelope expansion and validation, AMRAAM envelope expansion and validation, digital electronic warfare suite development and validation, expendable self-protection countermeasure validation, IR/EO signature analysis, exploration of high speed effects and flight control margins with high asymmetric weapons loads, advanced targeting pod development and validation, operational flight program validation, FMS / RNAV testing, helmet mounted display testing, flight envelope characterisation for digital replication, exploration of buffet and flutter effects from aerodynamic modifications on sensitive airframe regions of the CF-18, exploration of extreme angles of attack and departure characteristics, and multiple safety of flight (SOF) missions on the CF-18. Jason has also held many other qualifications including ‘A’ Category Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), Flight Safety Officer, Instrument Check Pilot, Joint Terminal Attack Controller / Forward Air Controller Instructor / Supervisor, Joint Firepower Controller, Air Weapons Range Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer, Laser Target Marking Officer, Snowbirds Standards Instructor Pilot, and CF-18 Out-of-Control / Departure Instructor. Jason’s education includes an undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
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    Cédric Danancher

    TEST PILOT INSTRUCTOR (RW)

    Cédric is a recently retired helicopter pilot from the French Air Force. During his 24 years in the military, he assumed several positions of responsibility such as Patrol Leader, Flight Commander and Squadron Chief of Operations and was employed in numerous missions in France and abroad: Search and rescue, Air Police, Combat against illegal gold mining and fishing, Ground Troops Support including Close Air Support and live firing with pintle-mounted or axial weapons. Cédric graduated from the EPNER and joined the French Flight Test Center as EC 725 program pilot and Electro-optic systems specialist. He was in charge of the development and evaluation of multiple Electro-optic sensors (last generation NVG, FLIR, Obstacle Warning Systems, Helmet Mounted Displays…) and participated in the EC 725 Night Air to Air Refueling flight envelope opening. Cédric was responsible of the AS 555 Fennec and the AS 332 M1e Cougar renovation programs and has been part of most of the French forces helicopters upgrade programs and acceptance flights. As Instructor then Chief Test Pilot Instructor, he has been in charge of all the different rotary wing test courses at the EPNER. He holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the French Air Force Academy, an EASA ATPL(H)-IR, he is Type Rating Instructor on AS 350 and EC 225/ AS332, and CAT -1 Flight Test Pilot and Flight Test Instructor. He has flown more than 4100 flight hours on nearly 40 types of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, including 1400 flight test hours
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    Muhammad Farooq

    SAFETY MANAGER / OPS COORDINATOR

    Muhammad Farooq, is a retired Pakistan Air Force pilot, latest rank as Wing Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) with highly concentrated background from different sources varying from Pakistan Air Force, UAE Air Force to PLA Air Force of PR China. He is a QFI, FWI and a graduate of the elite Combat Commanders School of Pakistan Air Force. He is also a certified Instructor Pilot on the F16 and served as Flight Commander Operations/Instructor Pilot in the Multi-Role F-16 Operational Conversion Squadron of Pakistan Air Force. In Air Superiority Roles, he has vast instructional experience in BFM, ACM, ACT/DACT (Multi Bogey), Fighter Escorts, and Cap vs Sweep type missions, simulating weapons like All Aspect BVR Missiles to IR Missiles, (under comm-jam environments). In Air to Surface role, he has vast instructional experience in Conventional, Inertial and Laser Guided Weapons delivery (including Live Night Bombing using FLIR), under various threat conditions, both Air to Air and Surface to Air. Also has instructional experience in night time anti-shipping bombing missions, using inertial and FLIR modes. He took part, both as a pilot and as instructor in the annual Highmark Exercises in Pakistan Air Force and GCC exercises in the middle east. Also flew DACT exercise against the US Navy F-18s. He authored the Hawk 102 Operational Course Syllabus and the squadron In-flight Guide, for UAE Air Force. For the PLA Air Force, he authored the Combined Basic/Advance jet course syllabus for the K-8 aircraft. As a fighter pilot, he has over 5000 hours on more than 13 different aircraft, including fighter aircraft like the F-16s, Mirage 3 & 5, F-6/FT-6, Hawk-102 and FT-9 (FTC 2000).
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    João Falcão

    FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER INSTRUCTOR (RW)

    João Otávio Falcão has almost 10 years of flight test experience and aerospace engineering research with the Brazilian Air Force. João is a graduate with honours as best student of the 2010 Brazilian Flight Test Course (CEV – EFEV). He graduated with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering and subsequently a Master in Flight Mechanics from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, in Brazil. João was responsible for evaluating and certifying the Brazilian new versions of the H225M Caracal helicopter basic vehicle, SAR and the presidential VIP version. During his career as a flight test engineer in the Brazilian Air Force, he flew approximately 550 hours which included  experimental test flights covering performance, handling qualities, mission systems and weapons testing. In parallel, he was an Instructor of the Brazilian Flight Test School (EFEV) for 6 years lecturing on Aerodynamics, Performance, Automatic Flight Control System, Rotor Characteristics and Flying Qualities for the Brazilian Acceptance and Flight Test Course. He was also Chief of  the Flight Test Section of Brazilian Aerospace Product Certification Division, coordinating the H225M Brazilian Air Force Operational Version certification process and working on the following Brazilian military certification processes: H225M Brazilian Navy Operational version, AS-365K2, KC-390 (Embraer), Gripen NG (Saab), F-5 modernization, A-1 modernization and C-295 SAR version. João has presented flight test technical papers at European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF), American Helicopter Society (AHS) International Annual Forum and and has been published in international journals. He has flown more than 25 fixed and rotary wings aircraft types.
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    Dr. Panos Vitsas

    FIXED WING FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER

    Dr. Panagiotis (Panos) Vitsas has been involved in aerospace engineering research and academia for more than 10 years. He has an Engineering Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from University of Patras in Greece, an MSc in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University in UK with honoring awards and a PhD in Aeronautics and Computational Fluid Dynamics from University of Patras. He is an International Test Pilots School FTE graduate of the flight test diploma course (Class 2012A). Among his professional experience, Dr Vitsas has served in the Hellenic Air Force as A-7 Corsair engineer and has participated as research engineer in European research projects on fixed wing and rotary wing aerodynamics and aeroacoustics. He has been an assistant lecturer in University of Patras for over 5 years lecturing on Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Conceptual Aircraft Design. He is the author of several publications in international journals and conference and has been providing research and consulting services to a wide range of aerospace areas with recent consulting contracts in unmanned airship design (Laskarri Ltd.), CFD testing (Centausoft LLC), University of Patras and ITPS Canada. He has been a founding member of the Hellenic Flight Simulation Community and he has been involved in flight simulation applications for over a decade. He has setup and programmed the F-16C variable stability simulator at ITPS and has performed flight test spin reproduction studies using commercial simulation packages. His current research interests include advanced methods of flight test data analysis and dynamic flight test techniques. Dr Vitsas is currently a Director on the Board of Directors of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and is also a Senior Member of AIAA. He holds a private pilot license and has flown more than 10 aircraft types.
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    Leopold (Leo) Meslin

    TEST PILOT INSTRUCTOR (RW)

    Leo started as military pilot in 1970 in the French army on Alouette 2 and Puma (SA 330). In 1977, Leo worked as a bush pilot in Northern Canada and Chief pilot for Viking Helicopters before joining Bell Helicopter in 1985 as production test pilot. He became an experimental test pilot in 1991 and worked intensively on Bell 230, Bell 430, Bell 407, Bell 427 and Bell 429 programs. He performed first flights, envelope expansion, HV, performance, rotor stability, handling qualities, load level surveys, cold weather testing, systems development and certification programs as well as modification and certification programs for existing models (206 series, Bell 212 and 412 series). His duties as experimental test pilot also included the redaction and revision of flight manuals. In 1993, with Dwayne Williams, he received the Frederick L. Feinberg Award following the development and certification of Category A procedures on offshore platforms. Leo holds Canadian ATP HL Licenses, FAA and Canadian CFI (FAA certified flight instructor) on helicopters and more than 13000 hours of flying experience gained over 46 types of fixed wing and helicopters.
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    Geoff Connolly

    TEST PILOT INSTRUCTOR (RW)

    Geoff began flying with the RAF Volunteer Reserve, with the University of London Air Squadron, in 1969. Joining the RAF in 1974, after pilot training he was an operational helicopter pilot, before becoming a flying instructor in 1980, and then graduating from the 1986 class at the Empire Test Pilots School. Following several years as a military test pilot at MoD Boscombe Down, Geoff joined Bristow Helicopters as Deputy Company Test Pilot, initially as an aeroplane and helicopter instructor teaching student commercial pilots, around which was fitted flight test project and evaluation work. He progressed to become the company’s Flight Test Manager for the CAA, and Head of Flying for the UK MoD. Amongst other facets of work in this role, as Project Pilot he oversaw and flight-tested the modifications and civil/military clearance for militarised versions of a fleet of 50 aircraft, for single- and multi-engine training for the Defence Helicopter Flying School. Latterly he was also the Bristow Company Flight Safety Officer, carrying out safety investigations and supervising a safety database for worldwide operations. From 2002 he has worked as a consulting test pilot, and has carried out a wide range of performance, handling qualities, and systems trials on a variety of aircraft. Geoff has over 11,000 hours flying experience, gained on over 70 types of helicopters and aeroplanes. He holds UK and EASA professional pilot licences and training qualifications for helicopters and light aeroplanes. He also holds a Transport Canada CPL (H). He is EASA Compliance Manager and Flight Test Instructor for ITPS, a Compliance Verification Engineer (Flight Test) for Bristow and another EASA Part 21 approved Design Organisation, and is also a Transport Canada Designated Engineer. Geoff is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Upper Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots. Geoff is an Associate Member of the British Helicopter Association. Geoff was previously a member of the UK Flight Safety Committee, and of the UK Airprox Board. He currently serves on the BHA/CAA Onshore Liaison Committee, and the Air Pilots Technical Committee.
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    John Turner

    EXPERIMENTAL TEST PILOT

    John Turner is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilots School and holds a degree in Physics from the University of York. His RAF service included postings flying Phantom F4s, flying instructor training and Flight Commander at No 4 Flying Training School. On graduation from ETPS, he was posted to the Royal Aerospace Establishment Farnborough where he commanded the Experimental Flying Squadron. This involved flying a wide range of aircraft including the Andover, BAC 1-11, Buccaneer, Comet, Jaguar, Hawk, Hunter, Tornado and Varsity. Trials included simulator and airborne development of helmet-mounted targeting systems and also the development of advanced weapon aiming systems and of night vision techniques. In 1990 John retired from the RAF to become Tornado ADV Project pilot in BAE Systems. In 1992, John became the Eurofighter Project pilot, flying the aircraft at every phase of development until 2000, including many ‘first’ flights as the aircraft envelope was expanded to include carefree handling. John subsequently moved onto the Nimrod MRA4 programme on 1 April 2000 as Project Pilot before becoming Chief Test Pilot Nimrod & Strategic Aircraft in 2003, increasing his responsibilities beyond Nimrod MRA4 to include the flight test of large aircraft ranging from BAe146/RJ, through the turbo-prop ATP to RAF aircraft such as the Canberra and VC10 and oversight of UAV trials. He went on to become Director of Flight Operations for BAE Systems, with responsibility for all the company’s three UK airfields, all UK-based flight test and the governance of the global flying activities of BAE Systems. He was Captain of the first flight of Nimrod MRA4 and pilot for the first flight of the Mantis UAV. In recognition of his unique test flying achievements he was awarded the Derry & Richards Medal for outstanding contribution to the art and science of aviation in 2005 by the Honourable Company of Air Pilots His is a Liveryman of the Air Pilots and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
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