To be awarded their wings, Pilots complete an extremely demanding course using an advanced simulator facility at RAF Benson and flying the real aircraft from RNAS Yeovilton.

Flying by day, night and cloud

846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) provides a tailored course that results in a graduate being able to competently operate as part of a front line crew with minimal further training. After learning the handling skills required to safely undertake flying by day, night and when in cloud, they move on to undertake all the disciplines required on operations.

Load-lifting and mountain flying

This involves low-level navigation, Night Vision Goggle (NVG) flying, load-lifting, mountain flying, formation and embarked operations; all of which culminates in an exercise in field conditions with real-time tasking and an operational overlay.

After graduating from Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, Fleet Air Arm Student Pilots are trained initially on light fixed-wing aircraft at RAF Barkston Heath. They then complete their Basic Flying Training at RAF Shawbury flying the single-engine Squirrel helicopter.

Wildcat or Merlin?

On completion of the course Fleet Air Arm students are streamed to Wildcat or Merlin Operational Conversion Flights. Commando Merlin Mk3 candidates remain at Shawbury, flying the twin-engine Griffin helicopter before continuing their training on the Merlin at RNAS Yeovilton.

Congratulations to all those who were awarded their wings this month!