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    Default RAF pilot training syllabus codes

    I am almost certain that what I am after is already on this forum somewhere but despite my best efforts at searching I cannot find it.

    I have been trying to decipher my Grandfathers log book and trying to determine what the various codes refer to with regards to his flying training.

    He was trained at:-

    No. 7 E.F.T.S. ending 28th September 1942

    No. 23 E.F.T.S. RCAF Davidson 22nd February 1943 to 16th April 1943

    No. 10 S.F.T.S RCAF Dauphin 21st April 1943 to 6th August 1943

    No, 31 G.R.S. RCAF Charlottetown 20th August 1943 to 15th October 1943

    No. 28 E.F.T.S. (Pre (P)AFU course) RAF Godsall, Wolverhampton 28th January 1944 to 21st February 1944

    No. 11 (P) A.F.U. RAF Calveley 20th April 1944 to 9th June 1944

    I am surprised just how much training he got with over 400 Flying hours before posting to a Squadron

    Most of the codes are either explained in the log book or easy to work out but many of them I have no idea
    The ones I have an idea are
    1. Air experience
    2. Cockpit layout
    4. Taxiing
    5. Effect of controls
    6. Straight level flight
    7. Climbing
    8. Gliding
    9. Stalling
    12. Taking Off
    13. Landing
    19. Appears to be related to Instrument flying
    There are many more going up to about 33. Many of the components also seem to have an A and B too.

    Does anyone have a list or can someone point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Default Re: RAF pilot training syllabus codes

    Hi Chris
    As previously posted by BobinLuton.


    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...s-in-Log-Books

    Later known as 'Exercise No xx',not sure if they used the description 'exercise' in WW2.

    This at 1944 - the syllabus was probably evolving/changing slightly over the years.


    No 1 E.F.T.S.

    Sequence of Instructions

    1. Air experience.
    1 (a) Familiarity with cockpit layout.
    2. Effect of controls.
    3, Taxying.
    4. Straight and level flight.
    5. Climbing, gliding and stalling.
    6. Medium turns.
    7. Taking off into wind.
    8. Powered approach and landing.
    9. Gliding approach and landing.
    10. Spinning.
    11. First solo.
    12. Sideslipping.
    13. Precautionary landing.
    14. Low flying (with instructor only).
    15. Steep turns.
    16. Climbing turns.
    17. Forced landing.
    18. Action in the event of fire (with instructor only).
    18 (a) Abandoning an aircraft.
    19. Instrument flying.
    20. Taking off and landing out of wind.
    21. Re-starting the engine in flight.
    22. Aerobatics.
    23. Air navigation.
    24. Cross country.

    3 (P) A.F.U.
    Pilots Flying Log Books – Standard Entries
    1. Familiarity with cockpit layout.
    2. Preparation for flight.
    3. Air experience.
    4. Effect on controls.
    5. Taxying.
    6. Straight and level flight – cruising.
    7. Climbing
    8. Descending.
    9. Stalling.
    10. Medium turns.

    11. Descending and climbing turns
    11 (a) Gliding turn – Flaps up.
    11 (b) Gliding turn – Flaps down.
    11 c Descending turn – Flaps down.
    11 (d) Climbing turn.

    12. Taking off into wind
    12 (a) Taking-off into wind (S.E. types and M.E. types).
    12 (b) Total engine failure after take-off.

    13. The approach and landing.
    13 (a) Glide approach and landing.
    13 (b) Engine-assisted approach and landing.
    13 c Approach and landing without flaps.
    13 (d) Wheel landing.
    13 e Going round again.

    14 Spinning

    15. First solo.

    16. Safeslipping
    16 (a) Straight sideslip
    16 (b) Slipping turn.

    17. Steep turns
    17 (a) The normal steep turn.
    17 (b) Stalling in a steep turn.
    17 c The maximum turn.
    17 (d) Miscellaneous turns.

    18 Instrument Flying
    18 (a) The Instruments
    18 (b) Straight and level flights.
    18 c Climbing
    18 (d) Descending.
    18 e Turns.
    18 (f) Climbing and descending turns.
    18 (g) Turns on to courses.
    18 (h) Taking off.
    18 (i) Going round again.
    18 (j) Recovering from spin.
    18 (k) Unusual manoeuvres.
    18 (l) Engine failure.
    I.F. Test (Red Ink)

    19. Low Flying
    19 (a) Low flying due to low cloud base.
    19 (b) Low flying due to bad visibility.
    19 c Low flying at high speeds.

    20. Taking off and landing out of wind.
    20 (a) Taking off out of wind.
    20 (b) Landing out of wind.

    21. Precautionary landings.

    22 Forced landings.

    23. Action in the event of fire.

    24. Restarting the engine in flight.

    25. Aerobatics.

    26. Night Flying
    26 (a) Taking off.
    26 (b) Circuit.
    26 c Approach and landing.
    26 (d) Going around again.

    27. Pilot navigation.

    28. Formation flying.

    29. Armament – Bombing

    30 Armament – Gunnery

    31. Photography and reconnaissance.

    32. Signals

    33. Single – engine flying.

    34. Standard beam approach.
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    Default Re: RAF pilot training syllabus codes

    I knew it would be here somewhere but the search facility is not always the easiest to use.

    I am very much obliged

    Thanks

    Chris

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    Default Re: RAF pilot training syllabus codes

    Hi Chris
    Yes forum searches never seem to work that well,I usually just do a search on the internet and vary the search term until I get a result.

    rgds baz

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    Default Re: RAF pilot training syllabus codes

    The post war British civvy (PPL) course syllabus was heavily based on the RAF system - as can be seen from a page from my old Flying Log Book 1972.


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