An overview of the Royal Air Force's current and future pilot training: UK MFTS, synthetic training and overcoming pilot shortage

An overview of the Royal Air Force's current and future pilot training: UK MFTS, synthetic training and overcoming pilot shortage

In this exclusive interview, Air Commodore Jamie H Hunter, Director Flying Training of the Royal Air Force discusses the current state of pilot training in the RAF and their plans for the future. He shares insight into the balance between live and synthetic training, his approach towards pilot shortage and the pull from commercial airlines, and why he sees LVC as the key to a more cost-effective training solution and the challenges associated with it.

Air Commodore Hunter will be speaking at this year’s Military Flight Training conference, held in the context of a rapidly evolving threat environment which pushes air force leaders to transform and accelerate training to equip Airmen with the needed skills without compromising the depth of learning and quality of training.

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Key benefits of downloading the interview:

  • Understand the RAF’s view on the balance of live and synthetic training, and how AI will revolutionise pilot training from Air Commodore Hunter who will attend Military Flight Training
  • Learn more about the RAF’s current approach to dealing with pilot shortage from Air Commodore Hunter who will attend Military Flight Training
  • Learn how the Royal Air Force is planning to accelerate the pilot training pipeline to close the pilot shortage gap, from Air Commodore Hunter who will attend Military Flight Training

In this interview, Air Commodore Hunter answers the following questions:

  • The balance between live and synthetic training is an ongoing discussion within air forces globally. What is the approach of the Royal Air Force on this issue?
  • With the current Tempest programme moving ahead, how is the Royal Air Force planning to adapt the pilot training syllabus to prepare for the integration of next generation aircraft into the Air Force’s fleet?
  • There is currently a big issue around pilot shortage in air forces globally. How is the Royal Air Force currently approaching the hiring and retaining of pilots while “competing” with commercial airlines?
  • How do you envision overcoming pilot shortage in the future? How is the Royal Air Force planning to accelerate pilot training pipeline to close the pilot shortage gap?
  • In your opinion, what solution could be the key to a cost-effective pilot training? Is it outsourced training, LVC, a mix between live and synthetic training etc.?
  • The UK is partnering with the U.S. on the Pilot Training Next programme which uses virtual reality systems to train pilots. Do you see this collaboration as the start of standardized flying training across NATO?

At the Military Flight Training conference, Air Commodore Jamie H Hunter will discuss training airmen and airwomen of the future. To download the full agenda and see who will join him on the speaker panel, please click here


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