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


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 Apache Project Team?

The Apache Project Team, part of the Helicopters Operating Centre, has delivered all 67 UK Apache Attack Helicopters to the Front Line Customer – Joint Helicopter Command. The Project Team is responsible for sustaining the capability of the Apache helicopter fleet through life by the provision of logistic support, maintenance and project delivery. The Prime Contractor for Apache Mk1… Read More

What is the Percentage of Applicants who Complete British Army Flying Aptitudes?

Table 1 outlines the number of applicants who, between 2012 and 2017, passed: The Aircrew Aptitude Test (AAT); The Army Flying Grading Course (AFGC); and The Aircrew Medical (AM). Table 1: Applicants passing AAT, AFGC, and AM Year AAT AFGC AM 2012 72% 78% 51% 2013 67% 60% 73% 2014 53% 70% 70% 2015 54%… Read More

What is the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) Team?

The UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) Project Team, part of the Combat Air Operating Centre, is part of the Combat Air pillar within the DE&S organisation. UKMFTS is a Major Defence Change Programme to deliver a world-class flying training system for all UK Military Aircrew. UKMFTS will deliver a coherent, flexible and integrated flying training capability… Read More

Total Number of Pilots in the UK Armed Forces, 2013-2014

The total number of pilots by Service: Royal Air Force (RAF): 1,830, as at 01 December 2013. 1,790, as at 01 December 2014. Royal Navy/Royal Marines: 550, as at 01 December 2013. 530, as at 01 December 2014. Army Air Corps (AAC): 540, as at September 2014. 550, as at February 2015. As per Defence… Read More

RAF Aircrew Training Pipeline Statistics, 2015-2018

Below are the statistics for the RAF aircrew training pipeline for 2015 to 2018. Table 1: Basic fast jet training pipeline Financial Year (FY) In Training Start FY Started Training During FY Completed Training During FY Still In Training End of FY 2015/2016 12 26 15 20 2016/2017 20 14 23 10 2017/2018 10 15… Read More