1 SQN – Smokin Aces


1 SQN is the training squadron for 11TSG. Everyone that joins 11TSG will join 1 SQN first. To graduate, the recruit needs to pass both the Recruit Training Course Theory (RTC-T) and Practical (RTC-P) exams. Once graduated. the recruit will be ready to join their aspired SQN. There can still be additional requirements for said SQN so be sure to check those out.

The recruit will start off both Theory and Practical training right away.
The RTC-T consists of 7 modules, each covering one of the various topics such as the radio communication, weather, altimetry, …
Each module has a Check of Understandings (CoU) which is in a form of a short quiz to ensure all material in the module is understood by the recruit.
After each CoU, an Instructor Pilot (IP) will review the answers and ensure that the recruit understands the material.

On the Thursdays the RTC-P will be flown. This will all be done in the T-45. At first, an IP will be in the backseat to help you out. There is a possibility to fly the RTC-P in a different aircraft but this is to be seen as an exception for very advanced pilots only.
The content trained, in addition to the practical side of the RTC-T, is:

  • Climbs & descends
  • Turns
  • Taxiing
  • Take off
  • Landing
  • Formation flying
  • VCCT
During the process, the IP will decide when the recruit is ready to fly alone.
This will be after when the radio communications are picked up by the recruit.

When the recruit is ready, there will be a check-ride. The check-ride is a simple verification that the recruit is able to do all of the above without direct help.
If the IP decides that the recruit has acquired all of the needed knowledge and has demonstrated good enough flying skills while performing above mentioned tasks, the recruit had graduated 1 SQN Course and is free to join the aspired SQN.

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