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    Default Central Navigation and Control School, Shawbury - course in 50s

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can help me with the correct name of course:

    There is use abbreviation No. 21 SN Cse

    I suppose it might be
    No. 21 Staff Nav... Course

    but what is correct middle word?
    Navigation or Navigator or different?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    RAF Watchfield closed in 1950 and the ATC (Air Traffic Control) School moved to Shawbury merging with the CNS (Central Navigation School), hence the renaming of the School.
    Suddenly the number of courses increased with No.173 Air Traffic Controller Course being first run at Shawbury together with No.1 Joint ATC Course, both commencing in March 1950. The navigation instruction was not altered; and the same time two concurrent Intermediate Navigation courses, one Pilot's Intermediate Navigation, one Specialist Navigation and two Staff Pilot's training courses were in hand.

    See:
    A History of Royal Air Force Shawbury.
    Ferguson,Aldon P.
    Liverpool:M.A.S.A.,1977
    pp.27 & 34.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 23rd January 2014 at 23:24.

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    Hi Colin, many thanks for prompt reply. Seems to me I have to re-check my source!
    Your answer brings some more question:
    1. Any idea what was the difference between Air Traffic Controller Course and Joint ATC Course?
    2. How I should understand under Staff Pilot - was it special function or what was differnce metween normal Pilot and Staff Pilot?
    3. Any idea what can be subject of Staff Pilot's training course?

    Sorry for those questions but it looks like I am getting on a sish:)

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    Can't help further. The book doesn't go into that sort of detail.

    Col.

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    Back in the BCATP days, a staff pilot was a pilot who operated an aircraft for a School, but was not a flight instructor. For example, the "driver" on a navigation training flight. The instructor in that case was a trained navigator in the rear with the students. Maybe an ATC school used staff pilots to provide a training environment for student controllers, or maybe this school trained staff pilots for other schools.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 24th January 2014 at 02:28.

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    Hi Bill,
    many thanks you got the point!
    I found a posting of one pilot as a Staff Pilot and as it was school for navigators and controllers it will be exactly as you wrote!

    So now there is only the question No.1 to be answered

    Pavel
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