TFASA | Test Flying Academy of South Africa
TFASA | Test Flying Academy of South Africa

Flight Testing & Consultation Services

TFASA’s globally-recruited staff has the skills to collectively support all development and test programmes at any level from detailed design to overall programme management.

TFASA flight test aircrew have testing and operational experience with a myriad of types. On the rotary-wing side these include the Apache, Rooivalk, Merlin, Mi24 and Tiger helicopters, as well as various Agusta, Bell and Eurocopter products. Several Chinese helicopters were certified by TFASA, amongst others the AC311, AC313, Z9 and Z10 helicopters. On the fixed-wing side Typhoon, Gripen, Hawk, Tornado, Mirage F1, various fighter trainer aircraft, including the Hongdu L15 and K8 aircraft, as well as civil transport aircraft such as Boeing, Airbus, Dornier and Bombardier aircraft including the renowned Concorde. In China this includes the civil transport aircraft ARJ21 and C919.

We offer safe, comprehensive aircraft and systems testing evaluation and certification conducted by experienced, qualified test pilots and FTEs.

TFASA staff manages and executes complete flight test programmes from the initial definition of requirements, to top level project and test planning. Programmes include detailed test planning, safety analysis and risk management, Safety Review Boards, test execution, data analysis and detailed reporting. As an approved Design Organisation we can support your upgrades and modification programmes across the board.


  • Performance
  • Handling Qualities, Stability and Control
  • NWS Systems
  • Avionics Systems
  • Integrated Cockpit Design and Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Digital Flight Control Systems
  • Air Data Calibrations
  • Aircraft Envelope Expansion
  • Operational Test and Evaluation
  • Civil Certification to FAR / EASA Requirements
  • Sensor Upgrades & Enhancements
  • Embedded Training Systems
  • Bespoke Mission Planning Systems
  • Flight and Mission Simulations
  • Research and Development