usa 23d Flying Training Squadron

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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 pilots in the UH-1H Huey

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


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1994/13UH-1H Iroquois

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 th-1h 71-20270 : USAF. UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 14apr08 pictured at 23 FTS Fort Rucker, Alabama
13473 th-1h 73-21785 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; Mar14 23 FTS /FR
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
13725 th-1h 74-22401 : USAF, UH-1H conv to TH-1H; 2011 23 FTS
13826 th-1h 74-22502 : Nov12 23 FTS, Cairns Field, Ft. Rucker, AL

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