Piloting during an operation carries a large amount of responsibility and a great deal of pressure. With a dedicated flight school, Black Watch International aims to ensure that budding pilots are provided all the skills they need to take part in flight operations successfully. Pilots who successfully complete the flight school to a sufficient grade, in the rotary or fixed wing division, are given priority access to pilot roles during operations.
Practical Flight School sessions for rotary or fixed wing occur almost every week. Those attending rotary sessions will learn a variety of topics including threat evasion, night time flight, emergency landings and slingloading. Those attending fixed wing sessions will learn about topics such as carrier take-offs and landings, laser guided air strikes, working with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and paradrops. A full flight curriculum can be found in the Appendix.
Pilots are graded according to a number of criteria, with each grade providing opportunities for taking part in flight operations. The following table provides a general overview of the expectations at each level:
|A||Quality pilot, capable of providing Close Air Support with patience and discipline.||Can pilot Close Air Support aircraft.|
|B||Confident and consistent transport pilot, capable of dealing with a variety of situations.||Can pilot transport aircraft alone or with copilot.|
|C||Competent at flying and landing, and capable of dealing with emergency situations.||Can copilot aircraft of any type with a B-grade or higher pilot.|