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APDR: Can an RNZAF pilot be cleared/certified
to fly more than one type of RNZAF aircraft
(excluding B200 refresh/continuation training)
WGCDR Andrew: Yes although it is not common.
Some examples include pilots being qualified on
the RNZAF historic flight aircraft (Harvard and Tiger
Moth) as well as their operational type.
APDR: Qualified Flight Instructors play a very
important part in Initial Pilot Training. At CFS
what is the typical ratio of pilots undergoing QFI
training to experienced QFIs instructing them?
WGCDR Andrew: Approximately 3:2 student to
staff ratio assuming Flying Instructor Course (FIC)
sizes of six students. This ratio recognises that there
is some overlap in courses and that CFS staff have
responsibilities other than FIC instruction.
On successful completion of the FIC, graduates
transfer immediately from CFS to 14 SQUADRON as
C Category QFIs. Graduates are qualified to instruct
all aspects of the RNZAF ‘Wings Course’ but are
under higher levels of supervision until they upgrade
to B Category QFIs (usually after about six months).
Normally instructors will have more than one
student, although we try to achieve continuity
between staff and students.
APDR: How are QFIs selected for the Black
Falcons ‘Texan’ aerobatics team?
WGCDR Andrew: The key selection criteria is
desire to be on the Team. As all Black Falcons flying
is ‘over and above’ core activities, team members
need to be prepared to commit significant extra
hours on top of their regular duties. Motivation to be
in the Black Falcons is high and there should be no
shortage of willing applicants from within the ranks of
suitable pilots from CFS and 14 SQUADRON. Best
organisational fit is also a significant consideration
for team selection. The RNZAF will be looking to
benchmark against overseas aerobatic teams for best
practice and pilot selection will be one of many areas
APDR: Finally a tough question. Given the
high cost of training new pilots, what official
triggers are used to terminate a student’s pilot
WGCDR Andrew: The failure management
process for RNZAF student pilots follows a
graduated response starting with a re-fly of a failed
sortie through to a formalised period of remedial
training if the required progress is still not achieved.
All efforts are made to ensure student success
although there are mandated maximum amounts of
failed sorties and remedial training packages that
are allowed prior to a student being recommended
for suspension from training. The suspension from
training recommendation is staffed through Flying
Training Wing although the final decision to terminate
training lies with the Air Component Commander
APDR: Thank you very much, Wing Commander
Chris Andrew, CO of the Flying Training Wing,
RNZAF for your full and candid answers. I know
they will be of great interest to Asia-Pacific
Defence Reporter’s over 27,000 magazine
readers in 64 countries around the world, our
large number of digital subscribers and those
reading this article on our website, as well as
those reading this interview at the Singapore
Air Show 16-21 February 2016.
This interview was conducted by Geoff Slocombe,
APDR’s N Z Desk journalist
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