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                         VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 OCT 2005                                       WEB SITE: WWW.USNTPS.NAVY.MIL
                         E-MAIL: tpsinfo@navair.navy.mil                                  PHONE: 301-342-4131

                                    U.S. NAVAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL, 22783 CEDAR POINT ROAD BUILDING 2168,
                                                   PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND 20670-1160



                  CO'S CORNER                                          curriculum at Test Pilot School. The first two aircraft are
                                                                       being used as static trainers for the school's DynCorp
                   LTC STEVE KIHARA                                    maintenance personnel. Following approximately six weeks of
                                                                       maintenance training, TPS will begin full time T-6A flight
            Welcome! It has been an exciting and rewarding             operations with a focus on qualifying the initial cadre of
time for the school since our last newsletter. It always amazes        instructor pilots.
me the energetic support we receive from all the shareholders              LCDR Bob Williams and Mr. Mike Wagner are
and friends. And who makes this possible? YOU!! The                    spearheading the effort. Bob was previously the Navy's T-6A
Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Corporate team that doggedly              Test Pilot at VX-20 (2000-2002), and Mike received his initial
work day-in and day-out to secure a solid, relevant, efficient         training from Training Wing SIX at NAS Pensacola.
                                                    and safe future
                                                    for the training
                                                    of Test Pilots,
                                                    Test NFO’s,
                                                    and Test
                                                    Engineers!
                                                          So what
                                                    has been going
      CO (R) delivering Sen. and                    on the last 10
      Mrs. Glenn to MCAA event                      months? A                               T-6 Past and Present
                                                    LOT!!! The
                                                                       Additional instructor pilots will also receive their initial
reunion was incredible, with a record turn out. The Marine
                                                                       training at NAS Pensacola before joining the curriculum
Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) sponsored Senator John
                                                                       development effort.
Glenn event was a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to
                                                                           Class 128 will be the first class to fly the Texan II as a
mingle with a true American hero! The international
                                                                       Qualitative Evaluation in November, and all following classes
Headmasters Conference was a huge success. The PMA-273
                                                                       will be exposed to the aircraft on an incremental basis. The
sponsored T-6 Texan II is now on our flight line. Class 127
                                                                       first class to be NATOPS qualified in the T-6A, in lieu of the
graduated. Class 128 is preparing for DT-II. Class 129 is deep
                                                                       T-2C, is Class 131, which reports in August of 2006. Class
into the rigors of learning flight test. Never a dull moment!!
                                                                       130 will be the last Fixed Wing class to be qualified primarily
          A special thanks goes out to the USNTPS
                                                                       in the T-38A/C and T-2C, as the Buckeye is scheduled for
maintenance department! The results of the Aviation
                                                                       retirement near the end of 2006.
Maintenance Material Team inspection prove that we are truly
                                                                           There are several new curriculum opportunities for the
blessed with superb people doing the right thing every single
                                                                       T-6A in development by the staff at TPS. Some of the
day. BZ to LT Lohr, the USNTPS Maintenance Officer, Mr.
                                                                       possibilities being developed include turboprop performance
Barry Watson, the DynCorp Group Supervisor for USNTPS,
                                                                       testing, avionics evaluations, and integration into the TPS
and ALL of the maintenance and Government Inspection
                                                                       Short Course. The T-6A can very comfortably execute
Office professionals!!! Well Done!!!
                                                                       exercise sorties beyond 2 hours, which gives instructors and
          Finally, thanks to all of the contributors to this
                                                                       students increased learning flexibility when compared to the
newsletter for all the great articles. Blue Skies and
                                                                       nominal 1.5 hour T-2C sortie.
Tailwinds!!!
                                                                           The Texan II's modern avionics (Glass cockpit, GPS, ILS
                                                                       approach capability), large envelope (+7.0 to -3.5 g clean, Vne
   THE T-6A “TEXAN-II” ARRIVAL                                         316 KIAS, 30,000 ft ceiling), and economical reliability
   LCDR Bob Williams                                                   promise a bright future for the Fixed Wing curriculum and the
                                                                       mission of the US Naval Test Pilot School.
   The first of six T-6A's arrived on the ramp Friday
September 30, signaling a new era in the Fixed Wing


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                                                                           and CW4 Bill Fell, Systems Instructor CDR Pete Waters,
   TPS HAILS & FAREWELLS STAFF                                             Maintenance Officer LT John Lohr, GIO members AT1 Greg
   LCDR Pete Ulrich                                                        Agonoy, AZ1 James Hall, AT1 Daniel Hendricks and AM2
                                                                           Vincent Herrera and DynCorp pilot James Meadows.
     Recent months have seen a large number of staff
departures and arrivals. Since the last newsletter, we give a
                                                                              Bob Miller’s retirement dinner will be held at the Tavern
fond farewell to former skipper CDR Paul Sohl, Fixed Wing
                                                                              on the Green Restaurant in Wildwood on Nov 12th, 2005.
Instructors CDR Dave Woodbury, CDR Gerald Elliott, CDR
                                                                              For further info and to RSVP please contact Mr. Rich
Craig Holtslander, CDR Mark Bruington, LCDR Brady
                                                                              Greenleaf @ 301-757-5018 or rich.greenleaf@navy.mil
Bartosh, MAJ David Park, and Mr. Ray Griffith, Rotary Wing
Pilots CDR Sid Hatcher, CDR Jim Robbins, LCDR Glen
Knaust, MAJ Brad Snowden, and Mr. Tom Smith, Systems
Instructors LCDR Jeff Carty and LCDR Rob Cassol,
                                                                              AT-1 HENDRICKS REENLISTS
Maintenance Officer LT Mike Meads, and GIO representatives
                                                                              CAPT Tom Huff
AM1 Shawn Godin and AM1 Thomas Hoy. Lastly, and far
from least, we bid “fair winds and following seas” to two
longtime icons at TPS. Admin Team Leader Joyce Ridgell and                                                         Cruising at 15,000 feet
Chief Academic Instructor Bob Miller have both elected to                                                     over the Chesapeake on 5
make the transition to retirement.                                                                            August 2005 in a FA-18B
                                       Joyce Ridgell completed 39-plus                                        with TPS Executive Officer
                                 years of government civil service                                            CAPT Tom Huff, AT1
                                 October 1st, with over 27 years at                                           Daniel Hendricks recited
                                 TPS. The majority of her time at TPS                                         the oath to reenlist for
                                 she was the admin assistant and the          AT-1 Hendricks reciting oath    another three years. Since
                                 academic librarian for the Academic                                          March 2005, Petty Officer
                                 Department Head. In this capacity         Hendricks has been an
                                 she was responsible for ensuring all      integral member of the
                                 students received the proper              Government Inspector
                                 academic materials and more               Office, teaming with
   Joyce Ridgell after her       importantly, that all materials were      DynCorp Maintenance
   “First-Ever” helicopter       returned at the end of the course.        to ensure the highest
   ride in a UTSI helo on        During her tenure she was                 standards of aircraft
   6/22/05.
                                 responsible for issue & receipt of        material condition and
over 78,000 books. The last few years of her career she was the            readiness. Following
Administration Department Team Lead, supervising four                      the flight, he treated         (L-R) AT-1 Hendricks, CAPT Huff
Admin Assistants, responsible for the overall admin functions              squadron-mates to
of the squadron.                                                           buffalo wings at a local pub and was heard to say: “There was
     On Sep 30th, Bob Miller completed 40 years of civil                   no way the XO was going to make me sick, I was enjoying
service, with over 37 years spent at TPS! He attended USNTPS               every minute of the flight – especially when I was at the
                                            with Class 49, graduating in   controls.”
                                            1968. After graduation he
                                            joined the staff as a Fixed
                                            Wing Instructor. In 1979 he     CLASS 127 GRADUATES & CLASS 129 BEGINS
                                            transitioned to the Rotary      Mr. Rich Greenleaf
                                            Wing Curriculum, teaching
                                            Rotor Systems and Rotary           The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School held graduation
                                            Wing Stability and Control     ceremonies for class 127 at the Holiday Inn Select, Solomon’s,
                                            Courses. Later in his career   MD on Friday June 10th. Thirty-five students successfully
                                            he became the Academic         completed an intense 10-month course of instruction and were
                                            Curriculum Manager and         designated as test pilots, test naval flight officers and test
                                            finally in 2001 he became      engineers.
                                            the Head of Academics.             Mr. Frederick D. Gregory, former astronaut and currently
   Pictured is Bob following glider
   refresher training where he acted        Bob has been the quiet         Deputy Director of NASA, was the guest speaker. RDML
   as instructor in the gliders he help     supporter, mentor, and         Jeffrey Wieringa, Commander Naval Air Warfare Center
   bring to TPS.                            coach to TPS Staff and         Aircraft Division and Assistant Commander for Research &
                                            students since Class 56.       Engineering was on hand to present the diplomas to each
     While we wish Joyce & Bob well, they will be profoundly               graduate. Graduates included members from the U.S. Navy,
missed.                                                                    Marine Corps, Air Force, Army, Civil service engineers, and
     In the meantime, we welcome onboard new Fixed Wing                    international students from the United Kingdom, Canada, and
Instructors CDR Kent Vandergrift, LCDR Scott Van Fleet, and                Netherlands.
MAJ Mike Dehner, Rotary Wing Instructors MAJ John Nugent

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    Captain Kenneth Ginader, USN and Professor Bradley
Leibst, from the Air Force Institute of Technology, presented
master’s degrees to seven cooperative agreement students.
    The Sid Sherby Leadership Award was presented to LCDR
Patrick Ferinden, USN, Class 127 leader and Maj Danny
Johnson, USMC. The Outstanding Student Award was
presented to CW4 Donald Hunter, USA, and Lt. Gianluca
Mazzalupi, ItAF was presented the Outstanding
Developmental Phase II Award.
    Class 129 started hard at work August 1st. The make-up of
this class is 20 - U. S. Navy, 3 - U. S. Marine Corps, 4 – U. S.
Army, 1 – U. S. Air Force, 3 – Civilian engineers, 3- Royal
Canadian Air Force, 1 – Royal Norwegian Air Force, and 1 –
Italian Navy.
                                                                      LTC Steve Kihara (4th from left) w/Fat Albert Crew

USNTPS PROMOTES NEW CHIEF PETTY
OFFICER ATC Gregory Duffy                                           SQUADRON CHAPLAIN TRANSFERS:
                                                                    CAPT Tom Huff
                        Test Pilot School’s Chief Aviation
                   Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment
                                                                       The marquee at a local church read: “If God is your co-
                   (AMEC) David Wiltgen gets his anchors
                                                                   pilot, then switch seats.” In trying to realize this goal, USNTPS
                   pinned on by his wife Montina. His hard
                                                                   Executive Officer, CAPT Tom Huff provided a FA-18
                   work and devotion to the Navy reached a
                                                                   familiarization ride to NAS Patuxent River Chaplain LT Jon
                   pinnacle on Friday, September 16, 2005 in
                                                                   Rozema prior to his departure to his new duty station in
                   the base theater as he was frocked to his
                                                                   Mayport, FL. Chaplain Rozema has been a longstanding
                   present rate. Chief Wiltgen, who hails from
                                                                   supporter of USNTPS in both good times and bad. He has
                   LeMars, Iowa, reported to USNTPS from
                                                                   shared the dais for several change of command and retirement
                   VFA-146 in August 2004. He is currently
                                                                   ceremonies, and has provided comfort and spiritual healing
                   the GQA Information Systems Coordinator
                                                                                                                   during the
and a Multi-Platform Quality Assurance Representative.
                                                                                                                   unfortunate loss of
                                                                                                                   TPS shipmates in
                                                                                                                   the last year.
AIR SHOW PERFORMERS SWOOP-IN ON TPS:                                                                               “Chaps was a little
CAPT Tom Huff                                                                                                      nervous about
                                                                                                                   getting airsick”
                                                                                                                   says Huff, but I
                                                                          Chaplain Rozema after flight             told him “you’ll be
                                                                                                                   doing most of the
                                                                                                                   flying, so the only
                                                                                                                   way that will
                                                                   happen is if you make yourself sick.” Huff was very impressed
                                                                   with his flying skill, and commented that he could give the TV
                                                                   show JAG a run for its money. LT Rozema was a tremendous
                                                                   friend of TPS and will be missed. His exposure to jet flying
                                                                   and testing will expand his horizon and provide him the
                                                                   opportunity to share his experiences with his fellow Chaplains
                                                                   as well as Mayport-based Officers and Sailors.

                                                                    THIRD ORDER EFFECTS - APPLYING USNTPS
                                                                    TO FAA CERTIFICATION: Bob Stoney

    The 2005 Pax Air Expo provided an exciting weekend of              The "first order" effects of a TPS graduate are clear: the
airshow activity for NAS Patuxent River base personnel, their      TPS graduate is assigned to a test squadron immediately
families, and our Southern Maryland neighbors. The Blue            following graduation where he or she is involved--for 2 to 3
Angels and several other performers made USNTPS bayside            years--with testing that supports the fleet. Some graduates
hangar their home during the Labor Day Weekend (1-4 Sept           never return to test but their USNTPS training and links to the
2005). As a token of their appreciation, the Blue Angel C-130      acquisition community still play a huge part in ensuring Naval
“Fat Albert” crew flew USNTPS Commanding Officer, LTC              Aviation has the best possible aviation weapons systems.
Steve Kihara in the jumpseat during the Saturday airshow           Many graduates do return for follow-on tour(s) in test,
performance, which included a Jet Assisted TakeOff (JATO).         engineering or program management--where their TPS
                                                                   education makes them invaluable, resulting in beneficial
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"second order" effects on Naval Aviation. Less well                  word-of-mouth, the USNTPS short course department has
understood, but no less important to the prowess of our nation's     trained several pilots and flight test engineers who previously
aerospace industry, are so-called "third order" effects:             learned test through "on the job training."
involvement by USNTPS graduates in the space industry, on            A strong similarity between military and civil flight test is the
the contractor side of military weapon procurement, and in the       role of a USNTPS education in the life of a tester. Most
civilian aircraft industry. Two graduates of USNTPS, Marc            graduates of USNTPS are no longer stationed at Pax River,
Mannella of the Raytheon Aircraft Company and Bob Stoney             China Lake, Point Mugu or at sister-service test facilities--but
of the FAA’s Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, are              the effects of their TPS education stay with them no matter
currently experiencing "third order effects"--performing flight      where their career takes them. Through the Hawker Horizon
test on Raytheon’s new business jet in Wichita, Kansas. Their        flight control failure modes certification project, Marc
TPS education has provided them with an incredible                   Mannella and Bob Stoney have learned that USNTPS produces
foundation, enabling them to conduct civil flight test safely and    a tester who, in large part due to their USNTPS education, is
effectively.                                                         able to successfully and safely perform flight test in an
    Test Plan Writing and Reviewing for both technical content       environment not necessarily envisioned by the curriculum of
and risk are very much the same in the civil world. The              TPS. These "third order" effects not only bolster the reputation
process involves establishing requirements and crafting tests to     of USNTPS, they also promote USNTPS short courses and,
demonstrate compliance. While TEMP requirements and Key              more importantly, contribute to fielding of safe aircraft and the
Performance Parameters form requirements for the Pax River           promotion of the national aerospace industry.
tester, FAA rules under the Code of Federal Regulations
(CFR), Title 14, Part 23 and Part 25 and a variety of associated
rules and Advisory Circulars form requirements for FAA
Certification of civil registry aircraft. The test plan review
process is largely the same as well. The test plan is drafted by
either an engineering or flight tester (or both) and routed for
company and FAA approval. Meetings may be convened to
discuss technical content or review risk mitigation. Like Pax
River and Edwards, flight test safety is a major consideration.
    Test conduct, preparation and briefing/debriefing can be a
bit more challenging "off base." Since very few manufacturers
have access to dedicated ranges, auxiliary fields, airspace,
facilities etc...flight test personnel negotiate deals with needed
service providers in the same manner that Test Wing personnel         (L to R): TPS Alumni LtCol Marc Mannella, USMC (Ret) (Class 100)
                                                                      and CDR Bob Stoney, USN (Ret) (Class 90) and Flight Test Engineer
might plan an off-site test. Manufacturers routinely request          Pat Mormando, Raytheon Aircraft.
and receive FAA waivers for high-speed tests below 10,000 ft
MSL or systems tests that require flight below 500 ft AGL.
Flying a prototype in RVSM airspace requires significant              A NOTE FROM THE TD: Rusty Lowry
coordination with the FAA as well.
    A comparison of civil flight test to the classic Navy model      One of the goals I had in coming back to the school last
shows many similarities and a few differences. In the Navy           January was to reinforce the relationship between the school
model, after receiving a Flight Clearance from NAVAIR's              and the test community and build upon new opportunities
Airworthiness activity, the IPT conducts flight test and             made possible by the Naval Air Systems Command decision to
presents the data to support a milestone decision or fleet           combine flight test ENGINEERS and TEST PILOTS under the
introduction. An independent OPEVAL is then conducted. If            same management (ISEET). Along these lines, we have added
successful... an Airframes Change, Flight Clearance, NATOPS          a China Lake stop to the class field trip, participated in
change or other documents are approved and promulgated. In           engineer selection interviews for both east and west coast
                                                                     activities, and established performance feedback loops with
the civil model, after receiving a Special Airworthiness
                                                                     engineering competencies for their personnel attending the
Certificate in the Experimental (Research and Development)
                                                                     school. Additionally, the school has renewed efforts to
Category, the manufacturer conducts developmental flight test
                                                                     coordinate with USAFTPS and enhanced our short course
to assess the performance of the system and make any design          offerings. Still to come are efforts to work with the US Naval
changes needed. When the manufacturer and the FAA believe            Academy to enhance their introduction to flight testing class
the system is ready for certification, a Type Inspection             and potentially tap into their aero department staff for specific
Authorization (TIA) and a Special Airworthiness Certificate in       training help and potential use of ISEET personnel for special
the Experimental (Show Compliance) Category are issued.              areas instruction at the school. All in all, a lot of progress
The FAA, as the regulatory agency of the U.S. Government,            towards strengthening our relationships outside of the
conducts flight test with the manufacturer to determine              schoolhouse, one small step at a time.
compliance. If successful... a Type Certificate and Aircraft
Flight Manual or Supplemental Type Certificate and Aircraft                                      **NOTE**
                                                                        This is the last paper mailing of the TPS Newsletter.
Flight Manual Supplement are approved and promulgated.
                                                                        Future Newsletters will be distributed electronically
    The number of military-TPS-trained testers involved in              and posted to our Website. Please ensure your
civil flight test has increased in recent years and, through            contact information is correct at www.usntps.navy.mil.
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