RAF Shawbury in Shropshire trains around 1,000 students a year from across the UK Armed Services and international partners to be robust, resilient military personnel, technically second to none. No. 1 Flying Training School (1 FTS) trains aircrew for the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force.
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The Airbus Helicopters H135 Juno (Juno HT Mk.1) provides the basic rotary wing training role with No.1 Flying Training School (1 FTS) at RAF Shawbury, the oldest military pilot training school in the world.
With all but a handful of the UK’s frontline military helicopters equipped with glass cockpits, the H135 (Juno HT1) has brought helicopter training into the modern era. It also ensures continuity and a logical progression for Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps students through the UK Military Flying Training System. The type serves with...
In 1988, MBB flew the BO108 technology demonstrator with the ultimate aim of replacing the highly successful BO105 in its helicopter line-up. DASA bought MBB the following year, flying a further prototype in 1991, although the design was subsequently altered quite dramatically, including provision of a Fenestron in place of the conventional tail ro...
Flying a helicopter is challenging and very different from a pilot’s elementary training on the Grob Tutor. RAF helicopter pupils must learn additional skills such as crew management and basic search and rescue before they gain their Pilot’s Wings. The helicopter course is a mix of flying training and ground school instruction, including time spent on a Griffin simulator. As well as gaining flying skills helicopter pupils also take survival and leadership courses.
Most of the helicopter training activity in Low Flying Area 9 is carried out by No.1 Flying Training School, which trains helicopter aircrew for frontline service in the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force, and The Central Flying School (Helicopters), which trains the next generation of military helicopter instructors.
The Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) was developed by CAE in consultation with the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD). CAE is responsible for the delivery of turnkey training services in addition to the design, construction and financing of the facility that opened in 1999, CAE operates the MSHATF under a 40-year private finance initiative (PFI) contract.
Prior to the establishment of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in 1997, each of the UK's air-arms provided their own helicopter crew training. The Royal Air Force (RAF) trained crews using the Westland Gazelle HT.3 at No. 2 Flying Training School based at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire and 705 Naval Air Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) operated the Gazelle HT.2 from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall .