Around half of the pupils destined for multi-engine training are streamed directly after elementary flying training. The other half is diverted from other training streams.
Multi-engine training consists of a sequence of ground-based instruction followed by flying training, including time on simulators. At ground school pupils do general service training, physical training and learn communication skills, as well as technical training in subjects like meteorology. They then learn about crew resource management and are familiarised with the King Air aircraft.
Basic flying training introduces pupils to aircraft controls and general handling, as well as emergency procedures and flying with just one engine. As some pilots will go on to fly transport aircraft, multi-engine pupils are also taught about airways flying.
All multi-engine training is carried out by 45(R) Squadron at RAF Cranwell. Pupils are currently taught using the Slingsby Firefly and Beech B200 King Air aircraft.
Multi-Engine Lead-in Course
The lead-in course teaches general handling, instrument flying, low-level navigation, formation flying and night flying. it also introduces pilots to dual-crew operations.
In addition to flying training, multi-engine pupils undergo survival training and personal development.
In the basic phase pupils learn essential multi-engine techniques such as general handling and radio navigation.
Pupils then move to the advanced phase where they develop captaincy and crew resource management skills. They also learn advanced skills such as formation flying, low-level flying, airways navigation and mission planning.