Defence Helicopter Flying School

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The Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury, a Royal Air Force station near Shrewsbury, England, trains aircrew from all three of the Armed Forces.

The school's Eurocopter AS.350BB Squirrel HT1
The school's Bell 412EP Griffin HT1
Another view of the Bell 412EP Griffin HT1 as it hover taxis to the runway at RIAT 2010


The DHFS has three flying squadrons:

Squadron Branch Aircraft Role Notes
660 Squadron, AAC Army Eurocopter Squirrel HT.1 Basic helicopter flying training Provide training to pilots of all three services;
squadrons take alternate intakes
705 NAS Royal Navy
60 (R) Squadron RAF Bell Griffin HT.1 Advanced helicopter flying training Provides training to RAF crews


Training is undertaken on the Squirrel HT1 and for the Royal Air Force students the Griffin HT1 (a twin engine modern version of the famous "Huey" helicopter). Training is typically 6 months for the Army and Navy, as students then move to their advanced single-service training, and 18 months for the RAF.

In addition, Search and Rescue training for all RAF aircrew takes place at RAF Valley on the Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU)

All aircrew instruction is carried out by Central Flying School (Helicopters) (CFS(H)) Instructors. These Instructors are a mix of military personnel and CFS(H) accredited contractor personnel. Cobham Aviation Services is responsible for the provision of the CFS(H) accredited contractor personnel [1]

Helicopters and Synthetic Training Equipment[edit]

All the Defence Helicopter Flying School Helicopters and Synthetic Training Equipment are owned by Cobham Aviation Services - Helicopter Services (formerly FB Heliservices), who provide 40% of the instructional staff, all the ground school and simulator staff, carry out all maintenance and provide support services. [2]


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  2. ^ Cobham Aviation Services

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Coordinates: 52°47′31″N 2°39′54″W / 52.792°N 2.665°W / 52.792; -2.665