The Central Flying School (CFS) Tutor
Squadron has been based at the RAFC Cranwell since 1994 and is part of HQ
EFT. As well as the conventional CFS teaching provided by the qualified
flying instructor(QFI) staff, the sqn's 5 qualified pilot navigator instructors
(QPNI) provide elementary navigator instruction on behalf of 55 (R) Squadron. Although
under the command of the FTS, the Tutor Sqn is responsible to HQ EFT for
the maintenance of standards on the various flying instructor courses which
In common with other CFS units the Tutor Sqn
conducts flying instructor courses for experienced pilots from the 3 UK
Armed Forces as well as the armed forces of some overseas countries. The Main
Course for new instructors is approximately 6 months long, including 2
weeks of groundschool, and has 80 flying hours. The Refresher Course is 2
months long with 40 flying hours and, as the name implies, is for
previously qualified instructors of any background.
The majority of graduates will work within
the Elementary Flying Training (EFT) system either on one of the University
Air Squadrons or on the Joint Elementary Flying Training School (JEFTS).
For details of all of the activities of the Central
visit the CFS Association website.