Part time pilot...

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#4
I understand there is a unit up here in chilly jock land. If I remember correctly they are based out of Luchars and fly Gazzels but I stand to be corrected. In addition again I stand to be corrected but as I understand it entry to such units requires you to be qualified to fly beforehand i.e. if your not ex AAC or do some other form of chopper flying for a living then forget it.
ahhhhh found the very chaps..
http://www.army.mod.uk/aac/units/7_regiment_aac_v_/3_flight_aac.htm
 
#5
Oh right cool, thank's.

Suppose I can join up in one for university and get to learn odd bits and bob's there before joining the AAC full time as a pilot.

Thank's for the information mates.
 
#7
I suppose if you can pass the test, and can get the AFCO to get you as a full timer when you leave university and you fit the size requirments (and I do, but if I grow another inch taller I'd be too tall) I suppose they should teach you how to fly.

Anyway, once again thank you for the information.
 
#8
As has been suggested, 7 Regt AAC(V) recruit pilots almost exclusively from former regular AAC pilots. They fly Gazelle. The Regt HQ is based at Netheravon as well as 658 Sqn and 666 Sqn but there are two flights based at Shawbury (6 Flt) and Leuchars (3 Flt).
 
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The-Lord-Flasheart said:
As has been suggested, 7 Regt AAC(V) recruit pilots almost exclusively from former regular AAC pilots. They fly Gazelle. The Regt HQ is based at Netheravon as well as 658 Sqn and 666 Sqn but there are two flights based at Shawbury (6 Flt) and Leuchars (3 Flt).
Thank you Flashy. Correcting Polars mistruths again...... Tut tut.
 
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SeanGoesPop said:
I suppose if you can pass the test, and can get the AFCO to get you as a full timer when you leave university and you fit the size requirments (and I do, but if I grow another inch taller I'd be too tall) I suppose they should teach you how to fly.

Anyway, once again thank you for the information.
Not quite as simple as that, I'm afraid.

AAC ethic is to have good Officers that can fly rather than good pilots that can pass the commissioning course. That means you have to do well at Sandhurst.

However your route to AAC Pilot should be:-
AFCO tell them what you want to do
Filter Interview
RCB at Westbury
OASC RAF Cranwell for aptitude tests and medical - here is where your size is measured 6' 3" is OK but it depends on things like reach and upper leg length
If you pass aptitude and medical you'll get a Familiarisation visit to Middle Wallop
After Uni you'll go to Sandhurst and if you make the grade you'll go to RAF Cranwell/Barkston Heath for elimentary flying training.
Then on to Shawbury for Rotary.
 

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Rainbow-Warrior said:
do the RAF have part time pilots? I know they have Reserve Squadrons but how do they recruit the pilots? Is it the same as the AAC?
There is IIRC a reserve sqn at Leeming
But they are all ex fast jet boys who fly the required hours to stay current
I don't think any of the services train TA or reserve pilots from scratch Given the hours and skills required it wouldn't make sense to try and do it over a few weekends
 
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4th_of_foot gives you the concise rundown of the process, however, RCB is now AOSB, and you will attend an AOSB briefing prior to main board. Other than that, a good rundown. I recommend visiting the Officer and Aviation threads in this site for info regarding joining the AAC as an Officer and the general process of joining as an Officer.

And Flashy has provided the full info required Re: AAC TA.
 
#16
The RAF do have reserve aircrew as do the RN, but they are all ex regular aircrew qualified on type before they leave the regular forces.

There is no method of qualifying as a pilot in the reserve forces in the Uk unless you have been a regular pilot.

The AAC has a new TA Regt - 6 Regt based around Bury St Edmunds which provides ground crew support troops to the Apache force. If you are going to Uni anywhere around there it would be well worth looking at them.

Otherwise dont get fixated on trying to join TA AAC now - most people who join the Army as officers will during their time at University go down the tried and tested OTC route - it's not perfect but thats what its there for.

PM me if you want.
 

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