UK trainingfleets change as MFTS nears

The first Grob G115 of 28 for Finland, G115EA GO-1, the former G-CGKA soon after its arrival at its new home, Tikkakoski Airport. It wears the scheme it wore with the Royal Air Force’s 3 FTS at RAF Cranwell minus the last two of its registration, the squadron badge and Babcock logo that had all been painted on the fin.
Ville Tuokko/Finnish Air Force

IN THE next few months, two new types of aircraft, the Embraer Phenom 100 and the Beechcraft Texan T1, will join the Grob 120TP Prefect in taking up the task of training future pilots for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force under the UK’s new Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The Phenom, recently certified as ready to go on the UK military aircraft register, will replace 45 Squadron’s King Airs; the Texans, flying from RAF Valley, Anglesey, will supersede Tucanos based at RAF Lintonon- Ouse, North Yorkshire. All five Phenoms had arrived at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire, by the end of January, but certification glitches have delayed their introduction into service; they are now not expected to be operational until early 2019. The first two Texans arrived at Valley on February 16 and at least 21 of the 23 new Prefects have arrived in the UK. The arrival of the new aircraft has seen changes in the existingfleet of trainers used under the previous Ascent-run scheme.

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