The UKMFTS team have achieved yet another significant Milestone on the road to full delivery of UKMFTS, the declaration of Initial Course Capability (ICC) for Multi-Engine Pilot Training. The Team at RAFC Cranwell have recently achieved course certification for the ab-initio Multi Engine Pilot Course and, with all other components in place, the MOD have declared ICC. This will enable the trainees to progress on to the next stage of their training in their MFTS journey. The first RAF students have already started the first course.
The last 12 months has seen the official opening of the Operational Support Building that hosts 45 Sqn that will deliver the training, as well as the commissioning of the simulators and the arrival of the Phenom aircraft.
Staff training was underway by April 2018 and saw the system primed with valuable feedback on the courseware. The last few months has seen a tireless effort from the Cranwell Team, as well as the team based back in the hub in Bristol, in completing the courseware that ultimately led to the Course Implementation and Compliance Demonstration in January, the final hurdle of the road to ICC.
The first course has started and will see students graduate in September
Brian Braid, Ascent’s General Manager at Cranwell stated
“Getting to this point has been a tremendous challenge and the whole partnership has pulled together to achieve this significant milestone. The aircraft is a step change in the delivery of multi-engine pilot training and there is a real buzz around the Squadron as we await the first students. The journey to get to this point hasn’t been without its difficulties, but it is hugely rewarding to all concerned to see their hard work and tireless efforts rewarded with the formal recognition of MEPT ICC! ”