Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School

The Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) is located in Tamworth in northern New South Wales. It is currently run by BAE Systems Flying Training Academy, which conducts tri-service flight screening and basic flying training for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircrew from the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) using CT-4 Airtrainer aircraft. This training precedes streaming into single service flying training, with RAAF and RAN pilots moving to No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) at RAAF Pearce, Western Australia while Army pilots undertake further training at the Australian School of Army Aviation in Oakey, Queensland. All flying training is conducted by the ADF with the provision of aircraft and support services from BAE Systems Tamworth. Flying instructors are from all three branches of the ADF with several civilian flying instructors from BAE.[1] The school forms part of Air Training Wing RAAF.[2]

VH-YCR Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer BAE Systems Australia (9697763338)
A BFTS Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer at the 2008 Defence Force Air Show RAAF Base Amberley.

Aircraft

Aircraft type Variant Origin Role Service period Notes
Mudry CAP-10 CAP-10B France Two-seat trainer, aerobatic aircraft 2005-current Three aircraft
PAC CT/4 Airtrainer CT/4B Airtrainer New Zealand Two-seat primary trainer aircraft 1991-current 31 aircraft
Piper PA-34 Seneca PA-34 Seneca United States Twin-engine light transport, liaison aircraft 2005-current One aircraft

See also

No. 1 Flying Training School RAAF

Notes

  1. ^ Horner 2001, p. 300.
  2. ^ "Air Force Training Group". Royal Australian Air Force. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

References

  • Horner, David (2001). Making the Australian Defence Force. The Australian Centenary History of Defence. Volume IV. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-554117-0.
Air Force Training Group RAAF

Air Force Training Group is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) group responsible for training personnel. It is headquartered at RAAF Williams, Victoria. The group was established as Training Command in 1953. It formed part of Support Command between from 1959 to 1990, when it was re-established as Training Command. In July 2006, Training Command was re-formed as Air Force Training Group under Air Command. Air Force Training Group units are organised into Air Training Wing, Ground Training Wing, Reserve Training Wing, and RAAF College.

Air Training Wing RAAF

Air Training Wing is the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) unit responsible for providing basic training for the force's pilots and aircrew, and training instructors. It also oversees the RAAF Museum.

Basic Flying Training School

Basic Flying Training School may refer to:

Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School, a unit of the Royal Australian Air Force

Basic Flying Training School (Belgian Air Component), a unit of the Belgian Air Component

Basic Flying Training School (India), a training institute of the Indian Air Force

No. 1 Basic Flying Training School RAAF

No. 1 Basic Flying Training School (No. 1 BFTS) was a flying training school of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Along with No. 1 Initial Flying Training School (No. 1 IFTS), it was formed in response to increased demand for aircrew during the Korean War and Malayan Emergency. No. 1 BFTS was established in December 1951 at RAAF Base Uranquinty, New South Wales, where it operated de Havilland Tiger Moths and CAC Wirraways. The school absorbed the activities of No. 1 IFTS in January 1955, as aircrew training requirements had eased following the end of the Korean War. No. 1 BFTS moved to RAAF Base Point Cook, Victoria, in May 1958, by which time it was exclusively flying CAC Winjeels. Its training program expanded in the mid-1960s owing to Australia's commitments in the Vietnam War. No. 1 BFTS was re-formed as No. 1 Flying Training School at Point Cook in January 1969.

No. 1 Flying Training School RAAF

No. 1 Flying Training School (No. 1 FTS) was a school of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It was one of the Air Force's original units, dating back to the service's formation in 1921, when it was established at RAAF Point Cook, Victoria. By the early 1930s, the school comprised training, fighter, and seaplane components. It was re-formed several times in the ensuing years, initially as No. 1 Service Flying Training School (No. 1 SFTS) in 1940, under the wartime Empire Air Training Scheme. After graduating nearly 3,000 pilots, No. 1 SFTS was disbanded in late 1944, when there was no further requirement to train Australian aircrew for service in Europe.

The school was re-established in 1946 as No. 1 FTS at RAAF Station Uranquinty, New South Wales, and transferred to Point Cook the following year. Under a restructure of flying training to cope with the demands of the Korean War and Malayan Emergency, No. 1 FTS was re-formed in 1952 as No. 1 Applied Flying Training School (No. 1 AFTS); it moved to RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia, in 1958. For much of this period the school was also responsible for training the RAAF's air traffic controllers. Its pilot trainees included Army, Navy, and foreign students as well as RAAF personnel. The RAAF's reorganisation of aircrew training in the early 1950s had led to the formation at Uranquinty of No. 1 Basic Flying Training School (No. 1 BFTS), which transferred to Point Cook in 1958. In 1969, No. 1 AFTS was re-formed as No. 2 Flying Training School and No. 1 BFTS was re-formed as No. 1 FTS. Rationalisation of RAAF flying training resulted in the disbandment of No. 1 FTS in 1993.

No. 2 Flying Training School RAAF

No. 2 Flying Training School (No. 2 FTS) is the main flying training school of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Formed under its present name in 1969, it is located at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia. The unit operates a fleet of Pilatus PC-9 turboprop trainers. No. 2 FTS traces its origins to the post-war re-establishment of the Air Force's original cadet training unit, No. 1 Flying Training School (No. 1 FTS), at RAAF Point Cook, Victoria, in 1947. Following reorganisation of aircrew training in 1951–52, No. 1 FTS was renamed No. 1 Applied Flying Training School (No. 1 AFTS), and began specialising in advanced flight instruction on CAC Wirraways. It relocated to RAAF Base Pearce in 1958, where it converted to De Havilland Vampire jet trainers. In January 1969, the school was reformed as No. 2 FTS, having the previous year begun replacing the Vampires with Macchi MB-326Hs. The Macchis were themselves replaced by the PC-9 beginning in 1989.

PAC CT/4 Airtrainer

The Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT/4 Airtrainer series is an all-metal-construction, single-engine, two-place with side-by-side seating, fully aerobatic, piston-engined, basic training aircraft manufactured in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Tamworth Airport

Tamworth Airport (IATA: TMW, ICAO: YSTW) is a regional airport serving Tamworth, a city in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is located 10 km (6.2 mi) from the town centre, on New Winton Road. The airport is owned and operated by the Tamworth Regional Council and is listed as being 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west of the city. It is also known as Tamworth Regional Airport.Tamworth Airport is the northern base of the Hunter Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service and the location for BAE Systems Flight Training College, the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Tamworth

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