Near the end of the course, there is a capstone project, a lengthy and thorough qualitative evaluation of an aircraft that the flight test student has never flown. For me it was the A-10A Thunderbolt II.
For a week, you will immerse yourself in ground training, emergency procedures simulators, and mission planning. On the last day of the week, you will hop into the single seat A-10, and with an instructor on your wing, you will take off and head for the bombing range. While I was at TPS, I shot the gun, dropped bombs, and flew a low level while evaluating many of the design characteristics and human factors of the A-10. I was not able to record that experience, but recently @flightglobal shared this A-10 video.
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