Phase I Primary represents a critically important element of the RCAF Pilot Training System. Pilot candidates receive their introduction to RCAF flying training at the operation at Southport, and it is here they fly their first training missions. As well as assessing basic pilot skills, the selection process is further refined with the aim of identifying those candidates who are likely to achieve the required pilot training standards within the allotted training time. Early identification of potential to succeed is necessary to provide the candidates the confidence to achieve success in future pilot training Phases, and also to ensure the substantial investment required for Phase II Basic and Phase III Advanced flight training are based on a solid foundation. In this Phase, all student pilot instruction (ground and air) is provided by AW contractor pilots.
In addition to having Transport Canada instructor qualifications, all Allied Wings instructors must also complete the Air Force Flying Instructors Course. Throughout this training, Canadian Forces Qualified Flight Instructors (QFIs) provide oversight and supervise the syllabus and the standard of instruction, and provide random quality control checks on all contractor Flight Instructors.
The ab initio course consists of approximately 15 hours of flying and 5 hours of Simulation. The aim is to achieve the necessary standards in this relatively short program. If the student meets the necessary standards on the final test, he or she is cleared for their first “solo”, on completion of which they receive the traditional dunking in a bath tub on the flight line, no matter what the time of year.
For the Primary Flying Training, Allied Wings uses a fleet of Grob G120A aircraft. The Grob 120 is an aerobatic piston engine aircraft with side-by-side seating designed for both basic and advanced flight training for military or civilian customers. Its features include excellent handling qualities, retractable undercarriage, and the largest cockpit in its class with modern cockpit instrumentation and full IFR capabilities. These highly maneuverable aircraft are used in combination with desktop and cockpit procedures trainers as well as a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD). The Grob 120 features a high strength, corrosion-free airframe made entirely of carbon fiber composites ensuring long airframe life. Its lightweight construction, low fuel consumption and minimum maintenance requirement provide for highly cost effective operation.