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23d Flying Training Squadron US Air Force

23d Flying Training Squadron
1956/58 as 23d Helicopter Squadron
1966/91 as 23d Tactical Air Support Squadron

15jan94 as 23d Flying Training Squadron, at Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama to train future helicopter pilots in the UH-1H Huey.

The 23d FTS is responsible for all undergraduate rotary-wing helicopter pilot training and is a geographically separated unit under the 58th SOW at Kirtland AFB, and is the sole entry point for careers in the UH-1N, HH-60G, and CV-22 communities.



Helicopter Training at the 23 FTS
The basic program there goes like this. Contact, Instruments, Cross Country (the fun rides), Remotes, Remote-Form, Low-Level, Low-Level Form, NVGs, and finally culminates with some no-threat NVG-LL-Form rides. NVG flying is a big part of the last month or two of training.
The UH-1 is flown during contact phase (the first 1-2 months) then you transition to the TH-1 for the remainder of the program (Instruments, Day Tac and Night Tac).
The training itself is only for USAF helo-to-be pilots and we stand alone from the Army now. The 23 FTS still uses all the Army airfields and such but the training is all in house. And they moved to Cairns AAF from Lowe AHP. One thing to note is that the LSI guys actually fly with you there for the first 2-3 months. At Laughlin they just ran our sims and taught academics. The "blue" guys take over starting at the cross-country flights and train you through remotes, low-level, form, and NVGs. However, they might be moving away from this because they just starting FAIPing guys who may teach contact before their ready to instruct the other phases.
The choices at graduation are UH-1N, HH-60G, CV-22, and FAIP (First Assignment Instructor Pilot: a newly pilot will fly the same plane at the same place he or she just trained ). All students (except FAIPs) will follow-on to Kirtland AFB to the rotary-wing school house for another 4-6 months. The osprey guys go to MCAS New River to train with the Marines before they come back to the school house and move on to their unit(s). FAIPs are trained in-house at Fort Rucker.
Thanks to Jeff Budis, Rucker 07-09; Updated 30Aug10, by "THAT CLASS".
Hey some of y'alls stuff is dated. We no longer fly the UH1H sadly. All training is done in the TH1 with the exception of instrument training which is in simulators save for two flights in the local area. The course flows like this now: academics, contact, instruments, cross country, remotes (no formation), day tac single ship, day tac formation, night remotes, night single ship. They don't do the formation rides as part of the training, they do then after you graduate while you wait to go to SERE or follow on training. This is current as of october 2013


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“Project da Vinci” Transforms USAF’ Pilot Training, 15-Oct-19 : #PilotTraining USAF’ 23rd Flying Training Squadron (23 FTS) implementing new rotary-wing helicopter pilot training under “Project da Vinci” (or “Rotary-Wing Next” ) in Fort Rucker Alabama in order to reduce time from 28 to 14 weeks needed for the formation of UH-1N, HH-60G and CV-22 students



Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1994/    Cairns AAF / Fort RuckerKOZR
1980/91Davis-Monthan AFBKDMA
1956/58FR Phalsbourg / Camp de la HorieLFQP


Models

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YearsModels
2007/    TH-1H Iroquois
1994/13UH-1H Iroquois
1956/58H-21



23 FTS List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
11551 uh-1h 69-15263 : USAF; 2006 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 69-15263 : US Army; Apr81 pictured with 6th (Air Combat) Cavalry Brigade, Fort Knox, +
12756 uh-1h 70-16451 : USAF 2005, conv to TH-1H; Mar14 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 70-16451 : US Army
13094 uh-1h 71-20270 : USAF. UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 14apr08 pictured at 23 FTS Fort Rucker, Alabam+
US Army Aviation 71-20270 : US Army
13152 uh-1h 71-20328 : 07apr18 asg 23 FTS pictured with cadets from the University of Southern Mi+
US Army Aviation 71-20328 : US Army
13183 uh-1h 72-21484 : USAF. UH-1H conv to TH-1H; Mar10 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 72-21484 : US Army
13270 uh-1h 72-21571 : USAF. UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 72-21571 : US Army, conv to UH-1V
13464 uh-1h 73-21776 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2018 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 73-21776 : US Army
13473 uh-1h 73-21785 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; Mar14 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 73-21785 : US Army
13481 uh-1h 73-21793 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 73-21793 : US Army
13550 uh-1h 73-22067 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 73-22067 : US Army
13630 uh-1h 74-22306 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2008 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 74-22306 : US Army; 1995 D/1-223Avn./06B
13635 uh-1h 74-22311 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2014 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 74-22311 : US Army
13676 uh-1h 74-22352 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 74-22352 : US Army
13693 uh-1h 74-22369 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 74-22369 : US Army
13725 uh-1h 74-22401 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2011 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 74-22401 : US Army
13748 uh-1h 74-22424 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; May11 23 FTS
US Army Aviation 74-22424 : US Army
13787 uh-1h 74-22463 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2019 23 FTS /FR
US Army Aviation 74-22463 : US Army
13826 uh-1h 74-22502 : Nov12 23 FTS, Cairns Field, Ft. Rucker, AL
US Army Aviation 74-22502 : US Army





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