Lincolnshire’s new MFTS aircraft

Prefect ZM318 of No.57 Squadron Royal Air Force on approach to RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. The RAF uses 23 of the type for basic training from RAF Cranwell and RAF Barkston Heath also in Lincolnshire.
Kenneth Withers

Another brick in the wall of the UK Military Flight Training System provided by Affinity Flying Training Services fell into place on April 1, 2018, with the introduction into service of five Embraer Phenom T1s with No.45 Squadron. Speaking when the fifth and final machine was delivered to the squadron’s base, RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire in January an Affinity spokesman said: “UK military pilots will learn the fundamentals of multi-engine flying on the Phenom before graduating on to their frontline squadron types, such as the Airbus A400M and Boeing P-8 Poseidon’. Affinity has contracted to provide flight training until 2023 and has now received all 28 of the machines to be based at Cranwell and nearby RAF Barkston Heath. The 23 Grob Prefect T1s are operated on the military register by No.57 Squadron. Ten Beechcraft Texan T1s form the other part of the fixed-wing Affinity fleet, two of which have been delivered to RAF Valley, Anglesey, Wales.

Phenom T1 ZM334 of No.45 Squadron on approach at RAF Cranwell. Under the UK Military Flight Training System, Affinity Flying Training Services provides five of the type for multi-engine flying training.
Kenneth Withers