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  • united kingdom Defence Helicopter Flying School

    Ministry of Defence (MoD)


    DHFS : DHFS

    1997 to present    







    juno jupiter

    Formed in Apr 1997 as a Joint Services helicopter flying training service, under the Private Finance Initiative. Civilian contractors run a fleet of civilian owned, military registered (COMAR) training airframes under contract to MoD. Covers basic single engine to advanced multi-engine & SAR training. Individual service units retain their nominal identity within this structure but are tasked by DHFS.
    660 Squadron retains its Army Air Corps identity but is tasked by DHFS as a Basic Rotary Wing squadron.

    705 Naval Air Squadron retains its Royal Navy identity but is tasked by DHFS as a Basic Rotary Wing squadron.

    60 Squadron retains its Royal Air Force identity but is tasked by DHFS as the Advanced and Multi-Engined Rotary Wing squadron.

    SARTU retains its Royal Air Force identity but is tasked by DHFS as the Search and Rescue Training unit.
    Since 2018, rotary wing training provided by Ascent, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock, under a £1.1B contract in 2017 with Airbus H135 (Juno) and H145 (Jupiter) helicopters


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    Structure

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    202 Squadron UK Royal Air Force
    60(R) Squadron UK Royal Air Force
    660 Squadron UK Army Air Corps
    705 Squadron UK Fleet Air Arm
    SAR Training Unit UK Royal Air Force






    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1997/    RAF ShawburyEGOS
    1997/    AAC Middle WallopEGVP
    1997/    RAF ValleyEGOV


    Models

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    YearsModels
    2018/    H135 / EC135T3
    2018/    H145 / EC145T2
    2009/12AW139
    1997/18 Royal Air Force AS350BB Ecureuil
    1997/18 Army Air Corps AS350BB Ecureuil
    1997/18 Royal Air Force 412     412EP






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