Appache Pilots take flight!

#1
6 Apache Helicopter Pilots have left the Army Air Corps since 2002.

The MoD has refused to divulge details saying only " This is a personal matter between the Pilots & the MoD.

The Army Air Corps currently has 100 Appache Pilots and claims there is no shortage.
 
#3
6 in 4 years is not very many. I can't speak for all of them but some have been on medical grounds. When you also consider that the AAC is actively trying to reduce aircrew I don't think that DAAvn is quaking in his boots.
 
#4
6 whole pilots in four years. Gees, how is TWA ever going to cope? :roll:

I reckon a shed load more pilots have left the RAF in the last few years than that and some of them no doubt the expensive to train fast jet types.
 
#5
Is that the same as 6% in 4 years? Well that means that in 66 years there will none left, unless we train some more - have we thought of that?
 
#6
You mean to say that the AAC has the ability to train up pilots to replace those that have left 'Outstanding'? What a novel idea. I hope the person who thought that one up got promoted.

:roll:
 
#8
Some specialist technical cadres have suffered much higher 'drop-out' rates than this, in fact this is less than normal turn-over, in which case the AAC should be congratulated on such a good retention rate.

Ratcatcher
 
#10
We train 6 ab initio pilots every month, even if only 1 goes Apache every year I don't think there's going to be a desperate shortage.

The major pity as that so few NCOs (particularly female) apply for pilot training. I'd be more concerned about why this is.
 
#12
SamCaine said:
We train 6 ab initio pilots every month, even if only 1 goes Apache every year I don't think there's going to be a desperate shortage.

The major pity as that so few NCOs (particularly female) apply for pilot training. I'd be more concerned about why this is.

Hark at Sam 'Peter Sutcliffe' Caine.

The birds don't want to fly with you because you carry a claw hammer in your nav bag.

Many start a sortie 'dual' but you often come back solo, Sam. Whys that?? :shock:
 
#13
SamCaine said:
The major pity as that so few NCOs (particularly female) apply for pilot training. I'd be more concerned about why this is.
Why? do you like the faint smell of perspiring pussy as you guide them around Hampshire?
 
#14
Outstanding said:
SamCaine said:
The major pity as that so few NCOs (particularly female) apply for pilot training. I'd be more concerned about why this is.
Why? do you like the faint smell of perspiring pussy as you guide them around Hampshire?

He's fcuking lost then! (As usual......)





How many AH pilots are trained each year? At present, more than enough to cover 6 leaving since 2002. Don't know how it will be once the masses shake off their time bar though. Maybe the Treasurer can fend that one off......... :boogie:


Sam re: the NCO bit. I'll bet the AAC is sort of regreting the massive DE Officer drive of a few years ago. All those young thrusters that were recruited into the Corps are now SO3 Paperclips and Staples desk officers with no NCO's in the flying seat to balance the loss. Don't you just love the 2 year cycle the Corps has?

Do NCOs army wide still know they can become pilots?

How many are applying?
 
#15
I'm certainly looking at my S03 paperclips slot now.

I know which way I'm jumping!

I particularly love Glasgow's "Ostrich" approach to the problem...
 
#16
Outstanding said:
Why? do you like the faint smell of perspiring pussy as you guide them around Hampshire?
That'd be the crabs.


The Lord Flasheart said:
He's fcuking lost then! (As usual......)
Guilty as charged, M'lud.



The Lord Flasheart said:
Do NCOs army wide still know they can become pilots?

How many are applying?
I posed this question to the MCM roadshow a year ago, the answer was that fewer and fewer are applying. As to whether the wider Army knows ....
 
#18
Outstanding said:
Can you stay on only fixed wing or must you fly whirly birds

Whirly birds? Have a fcuking word with yourself!

Everyone starts the pilots course on fixed wing (although possibly about to change). It is an easy way to develop a chap or chapess's basic airmanship skills without worrying too much about flying the machine. He then moves on to helicopters. On completion of the pilots course, he attends CTT (conversion to type) on either the Lynx, Apache or Gazelle then pokes off to a flying sqn.

No one goes straight onto fixed wing. It's usually a nice resettlement course for crusty old farts about to leave for the airlines. ;)

Although they are starting to select people younger than Stone Henge now due to us expanding our plank fleet.
 
#20
The Lord Flasheart said:
Outstanding said:
Can you stay on only fixed wing or must you fly whirly birds

Whirly birds? Have a fcuking word with yourself!

Everyone starts the pilots course on fixed wing (although possibly about to change). It is an easy way to develop a chap or chapess's basic airmanship skills without worrying too much about flying the machine. He then moves on to helicopters. On completion of the pilots course, he attends CTT (conversion to type) on either the Lynx, Apache or Gazelle then pokes off to a flying sqn.

No one goes straight onto fixed wing. It's usually a nice resettlement course for crusty old farts about to leave for the airlines. ;)

Although they are starting to select people younger than Stone Henge now due to us expanding our plank fleet.
Was considering a go on fixed wing until Flash pointed out I'd become a fossil! :thumright:
 

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