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Directorate of Flying Training

A key element of Number 22 (Training) Group is the Flying Training (FT). This provides a wide range of courses that train officers and Non-commissioned Aircrew (NCA) to the high standards needed when flying on modern operations.

The No 22 (Training) Group crest The Directorate of Flying Training’s (DFT) mission is to deliver competent and highly trained military aircrew, Air Traffic Controllers and Flt Ops personnel safely and efficiently to meet front line requirements.

FT utilise a wide range of aircraft from the light, single-engine Grob Tutor designed for Elementary Flying Training (EFT) through to more advanced training aircraft such as the twin-engine turboprop Beechcraft King Air or the advanced jet trainer the BAe Hawk T2. These enable FT to provide first-class courses covering everything from the fundamental skills of flying through to the successful operation of complex systems.

DFT trains all UK military aircrew from the RN, Army and RAF, including 23 different crew positions: Pilots, Weapon System Operators, Observers, Sensor Operators and Airborne Linguists. In addition, they also train flying instructors, provide refresher flying for aircrew returning to flying duties and provide the Grob Tutor for Air Experience flying for the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) and University Air Squadrons (UAS).

Key Locations

Operating from 5 major airfields around the UK, with many smaller satellite airfields in support, FT trains aircrew from all three services to a point where they are equipped with the skills to convert to front-line aircraft.

Download our locations map to see where in the UK we are.

Training Pipelines

After completing Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell, pilot training begins on the single-engine Grob Tutor with Elementary Flying Training (EFT). First, student pilots are taught subjects such as the principles of flight, aircraft tech and meteorology during a ground-school phase. Then they are taught essential flying skills such as taking off and landing, followed by more advanced skills such as instrument flying (which allows them to fly in cloud), aerobatics (which accustom them to flying an aircraft to its limits), formation flying and navigation.

Following EFT, student pilots are streamed into Fast Jet, Multi-Engined, or Rotary Wing (helicopter) pipelines, where they are trained in the skills required for each area.

View training pipelines (showing the progression for each of the areas described above):

Flying Training Pipelines

Aircraft Fleet

  • Aircraft Fleet

    See the range of aircraft we use for training from gliders to helicopters and fast jets.

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