CFSH Squirrel


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 Services. The HQ is the home of the Queen’s Colour, which was presented to the CFS by Her Majesty The Queen in 1969. The Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron is based at RAF Shawbury under the command of an RAF Squadron Leader. The Squadron is responsible for providing Qualified Helicopter Instructor and Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor (QHI/QHCI) training on the Squirrel and Griffin training helicopters. The students are all qualified and experienced aircraft commanders and crewman from all 3 Services and undergo an intense 3-4 month course, involving both ground and air tuition. The standard of training and output is highly regarded and has won Worldwide acclaim. Foreign and Commonwealth students are taught alongside their UK contemporaries and expected to achieve the same exacting standards.

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 Grob Tutor and Firefly. Although the Advanced Sqn is based at Cranwell for examining on the King Air 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 and works closely with CFS(H).

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 primary tasks of Exam Wg are to check standards of pure flying and flying instruction in the powered, non-powered and synthetic environments, to operate the Instructor Categorisation Scheme in the 3 Services, supervise the CFS Agency Scheme and supervise the standards of Flight Simulator Instruction.

Exam Wg comprises Elementary, Advanced, Rear Crew, Gliding (at RAF Syerston) and Helicopter (at RAF Shawbury) training elements. Federated examiners at RAF Linton-on-Ouse and RAF Valley provide on-site examination support to their parent units under the direction of OC Advanced.

The CFS Rotary Wg Examiners (CFS Heli Exam)

Are primarily responsible for the maintenance of flying and instructional standards on RW within 22(Trg) Gp, JHC and Navy Cmd; the conduct of recategorisation tests on RW instructors; the administration of the Instrument Rating Scheme within 22(Trg) Gp; and the monitoring of the standard of RW students throughout RW training. Based at RAF Shawbury, the Team consists of 3 pilot examiners (2 RAF and 1 AAC) and a single rearcrew examiner.

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. They are supported throughout their season by helicopters flown by CFS(H) as they assist in command and communications tasks at the various events in the UK.

CFS Training Units

The CFS Tutor Sqn

Is based at RAFC Cranwell, while the other part of piston ac instruction is the CFS Tucanno Sqn based at RAF Linton-On-Ouse. The Fast Jet training is covered by the CFS Hawk Sqn, alternatively known as No 19(F) Sqn, is based at RAF Valley. CFS(H) is based at RAF Shawbury and is responsible for:

Qualified Helicopter Instructor/Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor Course (QHI/QHCI Cse)

This course is run 4 times per year with up to 14 QHI and 6 QHCI students. Both courses start with a common groundschool, which starts with the first week at RAFC Cranwell studying Human Factors. Students then complete a 2 week Defence Train the Trainer course, followed by a 3 week common rotary syllabus including Principles of Flight, Meteorology and ‘Tech’. The QHI and QHCI training is then split between the single engine training aircraft, Squirrel (Eurocopter 350BB) for QHI students and multi-engine training aircraft; Griffin (Bell 412) for the QHCI students. Both courses consist of a Conversion and Instructional Phase, which are costed at approximately 58 (QHI) and 24 (QHCI) hours respectively. Students are taught about presenting instructional and mass briefs along with fault analysis, brief and debrief techniques, report writing, instructor and student relationships, learning styles and instructional approaches. The courses culminate in the award of a B2 QHI/QHCI qualification.

International Foreign and Commonwealth (F+C) Pre-Course Flying The pre-course flying for F+C students is aimed at introducing students to RAF Shawbury and Squirrel/Griffin operations. It consists of 4 weeks flying and associated ground instruction before students join their QHI/QHCI cse as they start the Groundschool Phase.

Bespoke Training

This is done on an individual basis, coordinated by the Training Office and chain of command, as directed by HQ 22 Gp and by HQ CFS. It is based on individual training need balance against the training requirements and resources available.

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