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Royal Air Force pilots to train in Italy to address UK aircrew pipeline issues

17th May 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Seoul


The objective of the partnership between the Italian and UK air arms is to accelerate the RAF's troubled pilot training pipeline. (Photo: Leonardo)

In a bid to mitigate disruption to fast jet training, the Royal Air Force will begin using the International Flight Training School in Italy.

During the second day of the AeroSpace Power Conference in Rome last week, the RAF announced it will send pilot trainees to Italy in the latest effort to mitigate its aircrew training issues. 

Following in the footsteps of other nations, the UK has decided to join the International Flight Training School (IFTS) for the operational training of its military pilots.

In a morning session on 13 May, the Italian Air Force and RAF officially signed an agreement to train student pilots and instructors at the renowned IFTS in Decimomannu, Sardinia.

According to the agreement, the Phase IV training of pilots

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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