Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School

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The Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) is located in Tamworth in northern New South Wales. It is currently run by BAE Systems Flying Training Academy, which conducts tri-service flight screening and basic flying training for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircrew from the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) using CT-4 Airtrainer aircraft. This training precedes streaming into single service flying training, with RAAF and RAN pilots moving to No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) at RAAF Pearce, Western Australia while Army pilots undertake further training at the Australian School of Army Aviation in Oakey, Queensland. All flying training is conducted by the ADF with the provision of aircraft and support services from BAE Systems Tamworth. Flying instructors are from all three branches of the ADF with several civilian flying instructors from BAE.[1] The school forms part of Air Training Wing RAAF.[2]

A BFTS Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer at the 2008 Defence Force Air Show RAAF Base Amberley.


Aircraft type Variant Origin Role Service period Notes
Mudry CAP-10 CAP-10B France Two-seat trainer, aerobatic aircraft 2005-current Three aircraft
PAC CT/4 Airtrainer CT/4B Airtrainer New Zealand Two-seat primary trainer aircraft 1991-current 31 aircraft
Piper PA-34 Seneca PA-34 Seneca United States Twin-engine light transport, liaison aircraft 2005-current One aircraft

See also[edit]

No. 1 Flying Training School RAAF


  1. ^ Horner 2001, p. 300.
  2. ^ "Air Force Training Group". Royal Australian Air Force. Retrieved 15 January 2017.


  • Horner, David (2001). Making the Australian Defence Force. The Australian Centenary History of Defence. Volume IV. Melbourne: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-554117-0.