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.
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. Giorgioâ€™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. Giorgioâ€™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 yearsâ€™ experience training test pilots and flight test engineers and in designing and managing military training programs for customers from around the world.
Stephane has 24 years of flying experience as a fighter pilot and a test pilot. He flew more than 3000 hours mainly on jet aircraft but broadened his skills on more than 40 different airplanes. He holds EASA CAT 1 Test Pilot Instructor ratings, FAA ATP, French CPL and test license, an engineer degree from the French Air Force Academy and a Master degree in Aeronautics from Marseille University. Graduated from the US Air Force Test Pilot School in 2004, he had an extensive international experience, flying in France, the US, many countries in Europe, in the Gulf and has flown combat missions. Besides the responsibilities he assumed as Chief Test Pilot and Air Defense fighter squadron flight commander, he performed many test flights involving Radar, designation pods, weapons testing, system certification as well as extensive test and acceptance flights on the C130 Hercules, Falcon 20, Mirage 2000… and had the opportunity to fly on the last generation aircraft: Rafale, Airbus A400M.
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
Massimo Bonesi retired in 2016 from the Italian Army as Chief Test with the rank of Colonel after a 36-year career. Massimo is a graduate of the Empire Test Pilot School and winner of the McKenna trophy for best student. In parallel he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fluid Dynamics and Evaluation from the University of Portsmouth. During his career as an army helicopter pilot he flew approximately 7050 flying hours including experimental test flying covering performance, handling qualities, aero systems and weapons testing.
He has flown test programs on NH90, A129, CH47 and others; Armament and firing tests on the AB-205/212/412, A129, NH90, CH47His operational experience includes NOE and Night NVG and FLIR Operations on all Italian Army helicopters.
He served as Chief, IT Army Aviation Test Centre where he was responsible for the management of the OT&E activities on IT Army NH90, A129 Helicopters special modifications and integration (e.g. weapons, self-protection). Massimo was Project Manager of the Armament Qualification Trials AH129D OTS/Spike missile. He completed a tour-of-duty (August/November 2010) as Combat- ready, Instructor and Test Pilot at the IT Army Aviation Task Force Fenice deployed in Herat (Afghanistan).
Massimo served as Chief, Rotary Wing Section at the Reparto Sperimentale Volo Pratica (RSV) It.AF Flight Test Center), where he participated in hot weather campaigns and managed the first NH90/NFH Mission System preview; was the Project Pilot for A129 CBT Software Release G15/SIAP preview; the Project Pilot for Laser Obstacle Avoidance Marconi (OWS LOAM) developmental tests and Project Manager for SICRAL Satcom batch acceptance tests (AM-X, A129, HH-3F, AB412). Earlier, as Test Pilot of the RW Section of 311th Squadron, re-assigned to RSV, he was Director of Acceptance Test Pilot Course No. 20, Project Pilot for NH90/TTH Program, Program Manager of NH90 Team participating in the cold weather qualification campaign in Iqaluit, Canada. Project Pilot for the Army Avn. A129 CBT batch acceptance. Massimo’s military qualifications include: Helicopter Pilot License; RW Experimental Test Pilot rating; Instrument Flight rating; Rotary Wing Instructor/Examiner pilot. Holding type ratings on Bell 47/204/205/206/212/412, Agusta 109, Agusta 129, Boeing CH47C/F, NH90, HU369/MD500N, HU269, SK-61, SK-76/76B/76C, SA341/342, Sea King, Lynx, AS350/355, AH-64D. He was an Instructor Pilot and Examiner for Basic Flying, Advanced Combat Skills (including weapons) and Night Vision Devices
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.
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.
He 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. Leo has more than 13000 hours of flying experience gained over 46 types of fixed wing and helicopters.
Bjarni Tryggvason is one of the original six Canadian astronauts. He is an Airline Transport rated pilot with more than 4,500 hours of flight experience, and 1,800 hours as a flight instructor and is active in aerobatic flight. Bjarni trained as a backup payload specialist for the CANEX-2 set of experiments, which flew on Mission STS-52 in October 1992. He was also the project engineer for the Space Vision System Target Spacecraft, which was deployed during that mission. On August 7, 1997, Bjarni flew as a payload specialist aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-85. From mid-2001 to 2003 he worked in the private sector while on leave from the CSA. He returned temporarily to work at the Canadian Space Agency in 2004 and held the position of visiting professor at the University of Western Ontario. Bjarni experience in test flying includes the development and first flight of the replica Silver Dart, the first airplane to take flight in Canada. He has also been responsible for the design and flight testing of aerodynamic refinements to an EDGE 540 air racer. Since 2009 Bjarni teaches the pre-study Phase academics, fixed wing academics ground school and Flight Test Instrumentation at ITPS. He has written more than 50 published papers and holds three patents.
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.
Muhammad Farooq, is a retired Pakistan Air Force pilot, latest rank as Wing Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) with a diverse background. He is a QFI, FWI and a graduate of the elite Combat Commanders School 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 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 and has also written the Combined Basic/Advance jet course syllabus for the K-8 aircraft.
As a fighter pilot, he has over 5000 hours on more than 11 different aircraft, including fighter aircraft like the F-16s, Mirage 3 & 5, F-6/FT-6, Hawk-102 and FT-9 (FTC 2000).
After 30 years devoted career to be an aviator and fighter pilot, he still keeps his passion for teaching/training the future fighter pilots to be the best in all aspects of fighter flying.