Flight Engineer High School To Flight School 2654
Some of the most exciting and technologically-advanced aircraft in the world are flowing by Warrant Officer pilots in the military. If you have ever wanted to become an Army helicopter pilot, unmanned aerial vehicle operator, or fixed-wing aircraft pillow, Warrant Officer Flight School is the place to earn your wings. The road to becoming a pilot for the U.S. army will not be easy. The WOFT Program is designed to be stressful and rigorous, since you could be responsible for your crew’s lives in a situation of combat.
Warrant Officer Flight School is no longer restricted to just prior service members of the military. Civilians, even young people who have recently graduated from high school, are eligible to go through WOFT training. Current events boast a new and innovative program has been created in hopes to help command meet its need for flight engineers.
An enlisted member of a flight crew of an aircraft, a flight engineer operates and monitors its myriad of complex systems. Flight engineers sit near pilots and work in close coordination with them during all flight phases. Besides monitoring all the systems, they have to diagnose, and where possible, eliminate or rectify any problems that may pop up. They also need to compute and apply aircraft balance, weight, and performance date, amongst other various duties.
For many years, most of the AFRC positions for flight engineer were filled with Airmen who exiting from active duty. This supply of service flight engineers who have served previously has recently begun to thin out.
On a number of aircraft, according to Chief Master Sgt. David Jones, weapons modernization has eliminated the position of flight engineer. The active duty is flying only the newer C-130 J-model aircraft, for example, while the Reserve’s inventory has mostly legacy C-130s. These vehicles have flight engineers, but the J-model does not. Because of this, they do not have the pipeline of C-130 flight engineers anymore who are making the switch from active duty to the Reserve.
Flight engineers have to have knowledge of communication, electrical, mechanical, navigation, fuels, hydraulic, and pneumatic aircraft systems. The Air Force currently requires that flight engineers who have prior qualification at the five or seven level in various maintenance career fields. The typical career path in the past was for flight engineers to work in maintenance for a few years, and then retrain for a flight engineer. It would take several years to create a flight engineer who was experienced.
To help speed up the process and encourage more people to think about a career as a flight engineer, the High School to Flight School program was created. The basic idea behind this is to equip a prior or non-prior service candidate who doesn’t have the entry-level experience that is required. They also will have a maintenance foundation that helps prepare them to enter into the career field of flight engineer. There hope is to take a brand-new person or a prior service person who does not have maintenance experience and give them the technical training that is needed to be successful in this career.