Central Flying School

Central Flying School Headquarters (CFS HQ) is based at RAF College, Cranwell under the command of the Commandant CFS. He is responsible through his staff for maintaining the aim of the CFS which is to develop and maintain the highest possible standards of pure flying and flying instruction on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft throughout the RAF. The HQ is the home of the Queen’s Colour which was presented to the CFS by Her Majesty The Queen in 1969.

The CFS Examining Wing

Although based within the CFS HQ at RAFC Cranwell, the CFS Examining Wg is a diverse unit responsible for examining all aspects of flying and flying instruction. The Basic Sqn is based at Cranwell and oversees examinations on the Bulldog and Firefly. Although the Advanced Sqn is based at Cranwell for examining on the Dominie it also has examiners at RAF Valley on the Hawk and at RAF Linton–on-Ouse on the Tucano. The Glider Examining Sqn is based at RAF Syerston; the CFS Helicopter Examining Sqn is based at RAF Shawbury.

The Rear Crew Examining Sqn is established within the Navigator and Airmen Aircrew School at Cranwell. Their task is to examine the rear crew staff at Cranwell and at the flying training schools.

The RAF Aerobatic Team

The RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), The Red Arrows, is based at RAF Scampton. It flies the Hawk aircraft and in an average year undertakes over 80 public displays both at home and abroad.

The CFS Tutor Sqn

CFS Tutor Sqn is based at RAFC Cranwell. It is responsible for:

    a. Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and pilot/navigator instructor training on the Bulldog.
    b. Refresher flying for QFIs.
    c. 1 st stage of ab-initio navigator training.
    d. UK familiarisation course for foreign and Commonwealth (F & C) pilots.
    e. RAFAT support.
    f. Multi-engine lead-in course for Jetstream QFIs.

The CFS Tucano Sqn

Based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, the CFS Tucano Sqn is responsible for:

    a. Training Tucano QFIs.
    b. Refresher training for pilots returning to flying duties from ground appointments and for pilots returning to fast jet operational conversion units.
    c. UK orientation course for F & C pilots and navigators.
    d. 2nd stage ab-initio navigator training.

The CFS Hawk Sqn

The CFS Hawk Sqn, alternatively known as No 19(F) Sqn, is based at RAF Valley and is responsible for:

    a. All Hawk instructor training and standardisation.
    b. Refresher training and exchange officer courses.
    c. Basic Qualified Weapons Instructor and Qualified Tactics Instructor courses.
    d. Conversion to the Hawk.
    e. Initial part of the fast-jet QPNI course.

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