The Central Flying School (CFS) was established on 12 May 1912. On behalf of Defence, CFS develops, delivers and promotes the highest standards of flying and flying instruction, in the synthetic and live environments, on fixed wing, rotary wing and relevant Remotely Piloted Air Systems. 

Today, CFS consists of Exam Wing and the Smith-Barry Academy (SBA). SBA delivers a range of aircrew instructor courses and also covers Flying Training Research and Development, and Human Performance.

Mission Statement

"To teach, develop and assure today’s finest military aircrew instructors, to build tomorrow’s exceptional Air and Space domain warfighters."