How does the Italian Air Force train its pilots?

Joe Campion details the process prospective pilots undergo before becoming official military aircrew of the Aeronautica Militare.

During their attendance at the AM academy, pilots will go to Latina Air Base (AB) to fly the Leonardo SF-260EA at 70° Stormo’s 207° Gruppo. There, students will be screened to see if they have what it takes to be a pilot to progress to basic flying training on the SF-260EAs for the Air Force, Navy, and Army. The academy is occupied by around 250 students per year. No 70° Stormo’s 207° Gruppo has 20 SF-260s that will be flown by students covering 14 different syllabus sorties, and they face two ground exams and one solo flight.


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