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 Arm 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
1997/18Royal Air Force AS350BB Ecureuil
1997/18Army Air Corps AS350BB Ecureuil
1997/18Royal Air Force 412     412EP






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