united kingdom Defence Helicopter Flying School

Ministry of Defence (MoD)


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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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

News of Defence Helicopter Flying School

UK MoD Orders Four More H145 Jupiter, 22-Jan-20 : #Jupiter British Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed £183M contract for 4 new H145/EC145T2, or Jupiter HT.1, and an additional simulator to be added to the 3 helicopters already in use by private contractor Ascent in the joint Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS)

First Graduates at British Juno / Jupiter School, 27-Aug-19 : #HelicopterSchool First 13 British Armed Forces pilots completed their training within the new Rotary Wing UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The tri-Service Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) operating the Juno (H135) and Jupiter (H145) at RAF Shawbury since April 2018 under contract with Ascent

10.000 Flight Hours for Juno in Less Than a Year, 19-Mar-19 : #Juno The United Kingdoms Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) Juno HT.1 ( H135/EC135T3H ) achieved more than 10,000 flight hours in less than one year with the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS)

Juno and Jupiter Fully Operational, 03-Oct-18 : #UKMFTS UK MoD new Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS) H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter helicopters fully operational at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley for the Joint Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS)

Juno and Jupiter at RIAT 2017, 12-Jul-17 : UK Defence Helicopters Flying School (DHFS) new models Juno H135 and Jupiter H145 will be on static display at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017, RAF Fairford, July 14-17

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


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

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