Defence Helicopter Flying Schoolhttp://www.dhfs.demon.co.uk/
Defence Helicopter Flying School was established in 1997 and imparts training to about 400 students annually. The institution has a Headquarters and it also has 5 training squadrons. Students are trained in the theory part of their programs at the Ground Training School before they actually fly. The DHFS Search and Rescue Training Unit is located in North Wales. The institution has modern radar and approach aides. It also has two emergency landing stations within 10 nautical miles, ensuring safety of students and instructors.
Defence Helicopter Flying School also offers advanced twin-engine helicopter training to RAF students who have successfully completed the basic single engine training. Special courses are also offered to the three services. The Squirrel HT1 and the Griffin HT1 are the helicopters used by the institution to provide training. They are maintained in excellent condition by a contractor, FB Heliservices Ltd. They supply many of flight instructors, who work at the institution.
Students at the Defence Helicopter Flying School are mainly helicopter pilots and navigators. There are also a few crewmembers and those who aspire to become flight instructors, who are taught by instructors from all three Services, ensuring that the training they receive is the very best. The various programs last from 2-10 weeks and the students are taught, using extensive practical sessions in simulators that will prepare them for the actual training that will be provided in a helicopter.
Defence Helicopter Flying School
Royal Air Force Shawbury, SY4 4DZ, Shrewsbury
Shropshire, West Midlands Region
Tel: 01939 250 351 Ext 7123,