New Tri-Service Rotary Wing Flying Training System Takes Off!

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… Read More

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Outlining the Challenge of Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease in Aircrew

Research Paper Title The challenge of asymptomatic coronary artery disease in aircrew; detecting plaque before the accident. Background Coronary events remain a major cause of sudden incapacitation, including death, in both the general population and among aviation personnel, and are an ongoing threat to flight safety and operations. The presentation is often unheralded, especially in… Read More

Reduced Pilot Alertness & Non-Technical Skills

Research Paper Title Flight Performance Aspects During Military Helicopter Flights. Background A flight is composed of many flight performance aspects. However, not all of these aspects are equally important for the success and safety of a flight. When investigating the influence of a stressor on flight performance, it is important to understand not only which… Read More

What is the RAF Chinook Display Team?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Display Team. 2.0    What is the Purpose of the RAF Chinook Display Team? The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Display Team (CDT) displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and air movements to… Read More

What is the Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT)?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the British Army’s Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT). 2.0    What is the Purpose of the AHDT? The AHDT displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and pyrotechnics to give the general public a flavour of what it is… Read More

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)?

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)? FACP, a programme of the United Stated Air Force (USAF), is designed to help aircrew members develop a personalised, comprehensive approach to G-fitness early in their flying career. Sound physical conditioning habits not only improve performance in the G-environment, but may reduce or prevent injuries such as… Read More

Where are the RAF’s Lightning II F-35’s Located & Their Cost?

As of 24 August 2018, the Royal Air Force (RAF) had 15 Lightning II F-35B aircraft in the following locations. Production No. Tail No. Location Squadron BK-01 ZM135 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-02 ZM136 Edwards Air Force Base, USA 17 Squadron BK-03 ZM137 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, USA Not yet… Read More