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Experimentation is the key to improved RAF fast-jet training

25th May 2021 - 12:53 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Bristol, UK

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Gp Capt Paul Cole, Assistant Director Plans, Directorate of Flying Training. (Photo: Trevor Nash)

The RAF is making radical changes to the way it trains its fast-jet pilots at RAF Valley by re-evaluating the training pipeline and adding new technologies.

The UK MoD is making some significant changes to its Military Flight Training System (MFTS) in terms of fast-jet pilot training.

With a target of producing 50 fast jet pilots each year, the RAF is adopting some radical changes in terms of the 'complexity and interconnectivity of the training pipeline' and the 'adoption of new technologies', according to Gp Capt Paul Cole, Assistant Director Plans in the Directorate of Flying Training.

Known as Target 55, the new initiative 'is underpinned by experimentation and downloading training out of the cockpit,' Cole explained on 25 May during the Defence Simulation Education and Training

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After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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