Flight Test and Training Programme (FTTP)

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What is the Flight Test and Training Programme?

This program is intended to give the students a chance to acquire some solid flying skills in the simulators, as well as first-hand familiarity with the features, handling and performance of various existing aircraft, all while having a hands-on time with the flight simulators, and provide a robust technical platform for our Advanced Design Competitions teams, preparing for the professional Royal Aeronautical Society and AIAA Design Competitions, to develop and perfect their works using cutting-edge simulation technology.

What do we do there?

One part of the program loosely mimics real life training curricula, with the characteristic progression from aircraft with docile, easy handling, to increasingly demanding types with higher performance, and references to some of the differences of simulator flying as opposed to real life. Another part deals with aircraft, similar to those, that members of the society choose to design for IT Flies. This will provide examples of how those aircraft behave, in situations from the competition testing program, and help them develop recommendations on how their own aircraft should be flown in those scenarios. While both parts are supposed to help with IT Flies competition, hopefully, the newcomers and other members of the society will also find them useful and entertaining as a standalone project that is relevant to real world aviation.


Familiarise yourself with fascinating mechanics of flight from a different, practical, point of view, in a way no textbook will ever allow. Learn to fly! Use the procedures and operations that countless real pilots around the world use in their day to day jobs.


Develop and perfect practical flying skills and apply them, operating detailed replicas of existing aircraft, in immersive, highly realistic flight simulators. Take part in tournaments, contests and challenges on piloting, navigation and numerous other things.


See the implications of various aircraft design features and engineering decisions the way pilots see them, defining the distinctive "characters" of the different flying machines. Or put your skills to the test competing with your colleagues in various tactical games!


Lockheed Martin Prepar3D is a robust flight simulation platform for professional use. It boasts great feature flexibility and is utilized primarily for electronic navigation and procedural training. Fly a 737 to a CAT-III Autoland? Yes, please!

X-Plane 11

Laminar Research's world-renowned flight simulation platform is certified by regulating authorities as a real-world pilot training aid. Need we say more? FTTP employs it for primary flight training.

DCS World

Do 500 knots at tree-top height. Reach for the edge of space. Or fly the most iconic airplanes of WWII. Air combat manoeuvring and tactical exercises in Eagle Dynamics' DCS. Perhaps, the single most realistic combat flight simulation platform for PC.