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IT2EC 2022: Ascent shakes up Shawbury and eyes overseas students

27th April 2022 - 12:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London


Helicopter training at 1 Flying Training School, RAF Shawbury. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

Will the RAF follow the example of the Army Air Corps and Fleet Air Arm by venturing into rotary-only training at Shawbury?

Ascent Flight Training, the consortia comprising Lockheed Martin and Babcock International that runs the UK’s Military Flight Training System (MFTS), is about to start its first rotary-wing course for the British Army Air Corps (AAC), which is not putting all its students through fixed-wing training.

Students that have undergone fixed-wing training on this inaugural course include pilots that have for some reason, not completed their training during previous courses.

The next basic rotary-wing course in late 2022 will comprise 100% non-fixed-wing students.

Rotary-wing training takes place with 1 Flying Training School (1 FTS) at RAF Shawbury. Shephard understands

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Trevor Nash


Trevor Nash

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

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