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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    EFT on a side by side piston prop is a lot more practical than in a tandem armed TP, don't you think.
    Absolutely remember the Marchettis
    But they have the numbers that can justify the different aircraft types

    To be honest I’m surprised that the RAF couldn’t provide, it’s reported that they are having difficulties recruiting and training sufficient pilots

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    Weston is a short hop away from the don. Civvy contractor does EFT out of weston. SORTED.
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    the RAF pilot stream appears to be in some difficulty, with a backlog of accepted candidates waiting for training slots and units short of qualified crews so the entire system is in disarray. This is ammunition for those who hate the privatisation of cadet screening and other privatisations, such as the antics of Crapita with regard to ordinary recruit induction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Weston is a short hop away from the don. Civvy contractor does EFT out of weston. SORTED.
    Or bring them into the Don as contractors

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    the RAF pilot stream appears to be in some difficulty, with a backlog of accepted candidates waiting for training slots and units short of qualified crews so the entire system is in disarray. This is ammunition for those who hate the privatisation of cadet screening and other privatisations, such as the antics of Crapita with regard to ordinary recruit induction.
    Could the delayed introduction of 2 new types onto frontline service have contributed to this?
    The F35 is arriving in very small quantities, only 20 of the 138 ordered delivered by December just gone. The Tonkas and Harriers it replaced being disposed of long ago.
    The nine P8A Maritime patrol aircraft (replacing 35 of a type removed from service 10 years ago) only coming at a rate of one every few months.
    How are pilots supposed to stay current with so few aircraft?

    Add to that the retirement of the Meccano fleet, and only 14 Texans available for BFT, replacing the 130 Meccanos that were once available.
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    That's the thing;there was always a spare aircraft around for a pilot to keep his or her hours up, even a jet provost or a J31 or something rotary. These days,a pilot would have a to mortgage a kidney to find a spare aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    That's the thing;there was always a spare aircraft around for a pilot to keep his or her hours up, even a jet provost or a J31 or something rotary. These days,a pilot would have a to mortgage a kidney to find a spare aircraft.
    It is very easy to evolve systems and procedures that will ensure few will make the grade .If the course is designed around the unique then results will reflect that pushing up costs per pilot and producing very few of those. Where do rotary pilots come from?

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    Greece have signed contracts for 6 new and 12 second hand French AF Rafales, plus 4.5 years of support and weapons

    https://www.key.aero/article/greece-...=tw-1070855149

    €2.5 billion

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    A Bargain. A fine aircraft too.
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-55795876

    I saw this article, Bombadier in Belfast are looking at making the wings for a drone fighter plane. Long-term, would this concept be worth considering?

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/raf-...ake-up-volume/

    I know the current development is for something to fly in tandem with a fast jet, but these concepts can develop quite quickly.
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    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apc View Post
    linky no worky.
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