The Pilot Training Study

Advanced Pilot Training

by P. J. Kennedy

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A description of the general framework and complexities of formaltraining courses in terms of types of aircraft, organization and mission areas, bases, and commands.Formal training is provided for 52 types of aircraft by five commands in six different mission areas. In general, pilots qualify to operate a specific aircraft and to fly a particular mission by completing the prescribed formal course as listed in the USAF Formal Schools Catalog (AFM 50-5). Courses cover both ground and flying training and last from 2 to 31 weeks. They are designed to fit student qualifications and experience; conversely, criteria for selecting students must be compatible with the demands of the course. In estimating the resource requirements for planning and budgeting, the analyst must first identify all resources contributing to pilot training and then distribute the student-pilot resources consumption among individual student pilots to show how changes in student strength affect resource requirements. (See also RM-6080 through RM-6084, RM-6086, RM-6087.)

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