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Flying Training

The Flying Training system of the Royal Air Force consists of a progression of phases or modules, whose aim overall is to produce pilots and navigators capable of meeting the complex and acting demands of a modern, multi-role Air Force.

After Initial Officer Training, pilots who have not received Elementary Flying Training at a University Air Squadron (UAS) undergo an Elementary Flying training Course on light piston aircraft on the Joint Elementary Flying Training Squadron (JEFTS). Whether trained at a UAS or JEFTS, after completing IOT and Elementary Training, students are selected for Fast-Jet, Rotary Wing or Multi-Engine Training. Those selected for Fast-Jet training proceed to the Basic Flying Training School (BFTS), which, using a single-engined turbo-prop trainer, prepares students for Fast-Jet Advanced Flying Training. Those selected for Rotary Wing training go directly to the Defence Helicopter Flying School for Rotary Wing Advanced Flying Training. Those selected for Multi-Engine training attend a short Multi-Engine Lead-in Course on a light piston aircraft, followed by Multi-Engine Advanced Flying Training with 45 (R) Squadron. Student pilots are awarded their wings either at the end of BFTS, Rotary Wing Advanced Flying Training or Multi-Engine Advanced Flying Training, as appropriate. (Foreign & commonwealth students receive the Wings of their own Air Force.) All pilots proceed to their appropriate operational conversion unit.
Navigators follow a similar pattern, completing Basic and Advanced Navigation phases of training before being awarded their brevets. Navigators go directly to their Operational Conversion Units.
Foreign & commonwealth aircrew students are accepted on Royal Air Force Flying Training courses, subject to the availability of places and the attainment of the appropriate entry standards. It is appreciated that, in many cases, a Government may not wish a student to go right through from the ab initio stage to the OCU; they may therefore select the appropriate modules. In the later stages of the training programme, modules can be virtually tailor-made to suit specific students. In addition to the normal pattern of training, the Royal Air Force also provides courses for Flying Instructors on both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. Specialist training in the Search and Rescue role is also available.

Date Last Updated : Monday, December 8, 2003 10:00 AM

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