Army Air Corps (AAC) soldiers were among the first British armed forces pilots to graduate from the new rotary wing UK military flying training system.
A total of thirteen (13) pilots and nine (9) rear crew completed the Tri-Service programme at RAF Shawbury, where a raft of cutting-edge equipment has helped prepare them for the challenges they will face in the job.
The set-up, which has been given £3.2 billion by the ministry of defence (MOD), oversees military flying training in the UK,
incorporating formerly independent schools under one banner.
Personnel have benefited from a modern fleet of twenty-nine (29) Juno and three (3) Jupiter helicopters fitted with glass cockpit technology, while an advanced avionics suite offers further training opportunities for troops.
Contractors Ascent delivered state-of-the-art infrastructure, including an operational support building with training devices that allow students to learn many of their skills before getting airborne.
Soldier. (2019) Helicopter Hub Takes Off. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. November 2019, pp.16.