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    I have been told that the RAF recruit 500 pilots a year. When I was at RAF alley the other week, a pilot told me that there was only four people on his course. Every new course comes every three months. If this is the case then only 16 fast jet crew go through a year excluding failures.

    I have also been told that 50% of all pilots have the cappability to go on to the FJ side of flying in the RAF. That makes 32 a year. This cant be coreect can it?

    Any cvorrections or final figures on pilots commissions and applications would be much appreciated.

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    Try 150 or so, a third of which go to each stream. Google '22 training group' and all is revealed.

    Incidentally, I understand there are courses at Valley more frequently than that, as well.
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    Seriously, *do not* play the numbers game. It changes EVERY year (recruiting figures) and all the time (streaming figures). Just aim to have a good application and to do well at OASC - one step at a time!
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    Sorry I cant see where it states the numbers:confused:
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    It won't. Just gives you an idea.
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    (Original post by dave_perry)
    I have been told that the RAF recruit 500 pilots a year. When I was at RAF alley the other week, a pilot told me that there was only four people on his course. Every new course comes every three months. If this is the case then only 16 fast jet crew go through a year excluding failures.

    I have also been told that 50% of all pilots have the cappability to go on to the FJ side of flying in the RAF. That makes 32 a year. This cant be coreect can it?

    Any cvorrections or final figures on pilots commissions and applications would be much appreciated.

    Dave
    The RAF recruits what is needed, not the same number each year. They are desperate for pilots at the moment as there aren't enough people to meet their high requirements, thats not to say they are going to drop the standards as that would be just stupid
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    Ha ha, we dont even have that many servicable aircraft.
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    Yes 'we' do.
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    Out of curiosity, how do you know we have more than 150 "Servicable " aircraft?
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    She'll know

    Count the number of Tucanos we have for starters.... that's a fair few.
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    Not to mention the Tutors at every UAS, EFT and other malarky. Then we have the carriers and all the aircraft on those.
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    And then the Firefly fleet...
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    and the Squirrel/ Griffin "swarm" (running out of ideas for appropriate collective nouns)
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    Ahh, i see where you bump your numbers up from. I think there might be a few gliders kicking around on an AEF flight somewhere not doing a deal.

    So what will you be saying at OASC interviews when they ask about the current operational capabilities of front line squadrons, overstrech from the multitude of theaters we operate in and the possible shortfalling during the integration of the typhoon to front line duties?
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    Out of curiosity, how do you know we have more than 150 "Servicable " aircraft?
    We have 64 Tucanos, 30 Harriers, 60 odd Hawks, 80 odd Tonkas....


    and I wasn't counting any AEF/EFT aircraft.
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    (Original post by Blasted)
    Ahh, i see where you bump your numbers up from. I think there might be a few gliders kicking around on an AEF flight somewhere not doing a deal.

    So what will you be saying at OASC interviews when they ask about the current operational capabilities of front line squadrons, overstrech from the multitude of theaters we operate in and the possible shortfalling during the integration of the typhoon to front line duties?
    The point isn't what we'll be saying but more what you will. The interview is about showing you've done your research and formed defendable opinions from that research.
 
 
 
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