The Royal Air Force have visited the Pilot Training Next facility in Austin, Texas.
According to the US Air Force, ‘Pilot Training Next 2.0’ is the continuation of the US Air Force’s experimental training environment that they say ‘integrates various technologies to produce aviators in an accelerated, cost efficient and learning-focused manner’. Essentially, it’s supposed to be faster.
“The RAF needs to reduce the time it takes to train a pilot, as well as increase our overall pilot numbers,” said British Army Col. Paddy Logan, assistant director for flying training of the Headquarters 22 Group in a release.
“Our (RAF) chief of the air staff has given us the go–ahead to push the envelope and innovate our pilot-training pipeline. We don’t have the capacity to experiment this way, so having this partnership and having people here to learn what the (U.S. Air Force) is doing is invaluable.”
As the RAF transitions to the T-6 Texan II as their primary trainer aircraft, their goal is to incorporate PTN lessons learned into their undergraduate pilot training programme almost immediately as they transition.
“We are just now about to introduce the Texan II into our flying training program, so this is the ideal opportunity to begin weaving things learned here at PTN into the curriculum at the same time we are standing up vice incorporating them in later on,” said RAF Wing Commander Christopher Pote, Headquarters 22 Group.
“We are looking at what we can do with the resources we have and use lessons from PTN to fill in the gaps that allow us to accomplish milestones like earlier solo flights, or fewer sorties to achieve competencies, while at the same time maintaining our standards and quality.”