On Friday, June 19th, ITPS Canada held its first virtual graduation ceremony for the 2019B Graduate Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Course. The seven graduates from China, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Canada received their certificates at the ITPS facility with social distancing and protective measures in place, while friends, family, and sponsors from all over the world attended via Zoom.
Guest of Honour and keynote speaker, Fernando Alonso, President of Airbus Spain and CEO of Airbus Military Aircraft Division (retired), gave the new graduates valuable advice as they began to embark on their new careers.
It was not an easy year for the graduates due to the workload and intensity of their training and also the unforeseen pandemic that gave them an extra life lesson of expecting the unexpected. Through a combination of online instruction and re-structuring of the programme, the students graduated only three weeks later than planned despite the seven-week hiatus due to the lockdown. ITPS is excited to see its graduates thrive in this next chapter of their careers and congratulations all.