I am very pleased to announce that following the signing of a limited Release to Service yesterday and approval by the Royal Navy Delivery Duty Holder chain today, the first UKMFTS Avengeroperations have commenced at RNAS Culdrose. The first flight which took place this afternoon was a training sortie for the Ascent Chief Pilot; who, along with a Naval Flying Standard’s Qualified Flying Instructor conducted circuit work, stalls, instrument flying practice, instrument approaches and a simulated single engine failure. All training objectives were completed. This is the first step in his live training which will culminate in his qualification on aircraft type later this month. Ascent and our partners recognise this as a very important step on the road to producing world class Observer students for the Royal Navy and are looking forward to working together to deliver end-to-end ab-initio training for these students. We remain optimistic that the RTS limitations on the operation of the TMT-A and occupancy of the rear cabin will be lifted shortly to allow the start of QOI training in the very near future.
Today also marked the first time that Ascent has simultaneously conducted flying at RAF Barkston Heath, RAF Valley and RNAS Culdrose and this brings into sharp focus both our role as a Flying Training Delivery organisation and our Air Safety responsibilities for the personnel who have placed their trust in us.
Posted on: 11/04/12