This week the Rotary Wing programme witnessed a number of key events on its journey to full delivery. The week started with the UKMFTS Jupiter/Juno fleet achieving a combined total 10’000 flying hours, underpinning the helicopters reliability and our rapidly growing pace of student instruction.
This was closely followed by our first 8 Juno aircraft deployment to Middle Wallop on Exercise ‘Pegasus Warrior’, practicing the advanced skill sets required for tactical operations.
In addition, our Juno Flight Training Devices (FTDs aka ‘Simulators’) passed a key Ready For Training Use milestone and were granted an interim clearance for use.
A key part of that FTD success was the specialist assistance that Ascent provided directly to CAE to help them refine the FTD systems and Flight Model. This specialist help was co-ordinated & driven by our Ascent Pilot Synthetic Manager, Eleanor Lodge (a former Chinook & Trials Pilot) and delivered by 4 very experienced Ascent QHI’s; our Chief Pilot, Jules Sheffield, Neil Bishop (both A1 QHI’s), Dick Barton & Gary Hickson (both A2 QHI’s). With nearly 35’000 hours of helicopter operations amongst them, these very experienced instructors provided the much needed operator expertise the broader Team needed.
Huge congratulations to the Team for a great effort and continuing to drive the programme forward.