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 Number of Black (African) Officers in the Royal Navy?

On 01 October 2018, the number of officers that had been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Marines (RM) as regular officers with a Black (African) ethnicity was 10 (rounded). Between 01 April 2007 and 31 March 2018, the number of officers that had been commissioned into the RN and RM as regular… 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

What are the Phases of Training in the RAF Pilot Flying Training Pipeline?

Royal Air Force (RAF) flying trainees undergo a number of phases of training during the process of becoming a RAF pilot. Phase 01: Initial Officer Training (IOT): 24 weeks, no flying hours. Phase 02: Elementary Flying Training (EFT): 25-27 weeks, and 56 flying hours. EFT duration is inclusive of 5-weeks ground school and Fast Jet… 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

Royal Navy AIB & FAT Score Ranges, 2017-2018

Below are the score ranges for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) and the pilot’s Flying Aptitude Test (FAT) between May 2017 and January 2018. Table 1: AIB & FAT score ranges Entry Point Number of Candidates AIB Score Range FAT Score Range May 2017 12 148-89 163-114 September 2017 14 140-96 155-114 January 2018 14… Read More