Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

A guide to Royal Air Force training

Being a member of Britain's Royal Air Force has always been regarded as a desirable and prestigious job, particularly as it attracts glamorous public figures such as Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and before him his father, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. However, just because it is a glamorous job does not mean that it is easy. Indeed, RAF training requires a great deal of discipline and application, as this guide shows.

RAF Cranwell

Training base
For those wishing to fly aircraft in the RAF, the first port of call is usually the RAF Cranwell training college in Lincolnshire. Student pilots must complete an initial
30-week officers' training course after having joined the RAF as either graduate or direct entrants.
Elementary Flying Training (EFT)
After completing their 30-week officers' course, the student pilots then enter the EFT phase with a tutor. Their objective here is to accumulate at least 60 hours of flying experience.
Direct and graduate students
There are, however, differences in how direct and graduate students train. Direct students fly at one of the EFT squadrons, but the graduates have to fly more hours at one of 14 University Air Squadrons. They must pass a Final Handling Test, which allows them to move to the next phase.

RAF Linton-on-Ouse

Basic Fast Jet Training
Once students pass the Final Handling Test, they embark on 120 flight hours at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire. These hours are expected to include time on Short Tucano T.1s of 72(R) and 207(R) squadrons of 1 Flying Training School (FTS). Students who pass this phase are sent to 4 FTS at RAF Valley in Anglesey where their training includes advanced and weapons exercises on HS Hawk T.1 and T.1A variants with 19(R) and 208(R) squadrons.
Awarded wings
Students who are successful in this course reach the holy grail of the RAF - they have earned their wings or, more officially, their RAF Flying Badge. From here, it is a more straightforward step to what the RAF terms operational conversion units on front-line types.
Instructor training
To ensure that the calibre of its new pilots is as high as possible, the RAF trains its own instructors through the Central Flying School (CFS), which was founded in May 1912 and which is the world's oldest flying school.

Same category articles Professional training

How to become a certified personal trainer?

How to become a certified personal trainer?

Personal trainers offer individualised fitness and lifestyle assessments to provide tailored physical fitness instruction to those who desire it. Personal trainers require in-depth health and fitness knowledge, gained through personal training qualifications. Find out more about how to become a fitness trainer.
How to pass your PE exam

How to pass your PE exam

GCSE and A-level PE are popular subjects for many high school and college students. It is fun, and something that can open the door to a variety of degrees, including Sports Science. Passing your PE exam is all about being prepared for it. Here are a few ways that you can use in order to become prepared for the GCSE PE course exam.
How to start a career as a fashion designer

How to start a career as a fashion designer

Starting a career as a fashion designer will take years of training, education and experience, but above all, a designer needs artistic talent. Fashion recruitment is not as visible as recruitment for some other careers. This article discusses a few ways to get started in a career in fashion.
How to become a plumber

How to become a plumber

There are a number of routes open to becoming a UK plumber, depending upon your age, experience and qualifications. It can take you years to become qualified, although there are fast track courses available. To learn how to become a plumber, read the guide below.