On 15th November 2018, the rotary element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) achieved the auspicious milestone of 10,000 flying hours, using a fleet of 29 Juno and 3 Jupiter helicopters. Both helicopter types commenced training delivery in April 2018 at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley. As part of the UKMFTS, they are used to train military helicopter aircrew from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.
This milestone more significant because it has been achieved in such a short period since the rotary wing element of UK MFTS achieved contract award in May 2016. This reflects the tremendous effort and close working relationships between all parties from the early procurement activities, to when the joint Military/Ascent Fielding Team first flew the aircraft at Airbus’s facility at Oxford in January 17, and now right through to delivery today.
Ascent looks forward to continuing this relationship in all its activities in the future in support of UKMFTS