Updated USAF Helo Study Material: (as of 30Aug10) Thanks to “THAT CLASS”.

Previous USAF Helo Study Material: (as of 10 Apr 05) Thanks to Aaron Croft.

Helicopter Training at the 23 FTS

The basic program there goes like this. Contact, Instruments, Cross Country (the fun rides), Remotes, Remote-Form, Low-Level, Low-Level Form, NVGs, and finally culminates with some no-threat NVG-LL-Form rides. NVG flying is a big part of the last month or two of training.

The UH-1 is flown during contact phase (the first 1-2 months) then you transition to the TH-1 for the remainder of the program (Instruments, Day Tac and Night Tac).

07-09patch_dThe training itself is only for USAF helo-to-be pilots and we stand alone from the Army now. The 23 FTS still uses all the Army airfields and such but the training is all in house. And they moved to Cairns AAF from Lowe AHP. One thing to note is that the LSI guys actually fly with you there for the first 2-3 months. At Laughlin they just ran our sims and taught academics. The “blue” guys take over starting at the cross-country flights and train you through remotes, low-level, form, and NVGs. However, they might be moving away from this because they just starting FAIPing guys who may teach contact before their ready to instruct the other phases.

The choices at graduation are UH-1N, HH-60G, CV-22, and FAIP. All students (except FAIPs) will follow-on to Kirtland AFB to the rotary-wing school house for another 4-6 months. The osprey guys go to MCAS New River to train with the Marines before they come back to the school house and move on to their unit(s). FAIPs are trained in-house at Fort Rucker.

Thanks to Jeff Budis, Rucker 07-09; Updated 30Aug10, by “THAT CLASS”.

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