JET PILOT TRAINING ON THE HIGHEST SKILL LEVEL IN ENGLAND
Now it is also possible to coach controlling a fighter jet in the country, where a bunch of very special kind of jet fighter development took place. We are particularly glad to be able to introduce to you this unique event which can end with the flight in an English BAC Jet-Provost 'MK-5.
After you arriving in England, you are picked up by our team at airport Stansted. From the airport, the airbase isn’t far away to your destination, the North Weald Airfield in Essex.
This airport belongs to a few airfields of England, which has got over the battle around England in the Second World War. Here you find application buildings, aeroplanes, hangars, bunkers and a lot of more. Many historical aeroplanes which are even today in operation have here their home base as the knowing Aviation Hawker Hunter F-6 fighter-bomber, DeHavilland Venom, Folland Gnates and former aeroplanes of the Eastern bloc states, like the Aero L-29, Aero L-39 Albatross and the Sokol GA-2 Galeb.
If you are interested in the historical aviation, North Weald offers an optimum location all around the historical story.
After a guidance on the airbase, you will dressed up in the crew-room of Swords Aviation, the partner in England, because, in the end, you are not only on a historical exploratory expedition, you want to control the abilities and skills to fly a fighter jet independently.
First of all your instructor brings you in the 'Squadron' where you can take a refreshment to yourself and also you will have the opportunity to talk to the 'old hares' of the aviation and listen to stories which will allow beating faster your airman's heart.
After the lunch, it starts: You will have the first contact with your instructors, experienced combat pilots and instructors who are active partially still at the side of the Royal Airforce. You will receive your equipment like the flight overall, the helmet, the oxygen mask and the rescue kit.
The instructors will explain at the beginning of the theoretical instruction every detail, because in the end, you must control these pieces of equipment as well as know. To form the lessons even better you receive a training catalogue of the Royal Airforce and a flight manual.
Then you will have a lesson about theoretical bases of the jet aviation. The technology is explained to you, as well as the aerodynamics and the jet-engine. You get insights into the flight medicine and physiology of a person during a flight; and the history of the flown fighter jet-types (JP4 and JP5).
You will take part by a mission briefing in which the planning of the flight with the components weather. Air traffic control is on the program as well as the expiry of the flight manoeuvre. The normal expiry of an air fight will be explained to you; you receive insights into the regular occurrences in the training area (low flight, regulations, airspace structures and the rules in the flight area).
After this installation it goes on the approach where you receive the bases of the behaviour on the flight working area as well as on the approach, and afterwards also you know which one should not stay directly behind a ray airplane.
Then it goes in the preserves: If you have decided to take part in the free flight with the jet aeroplane, you must fulfil a test and prove that you can handle the control and the emergency equipment.
They must know how you have to behave if necessary, and also, the installation also belongs in the catapult seat 'Martin Baker'. Should you not control these bases, you cannot take part in the flight. The instructors take this obligatory act very exactly because it is worth definitively: Safety first!
After you allowed going out the test with practical exercises about yourselves and had also passed it, it becomes serious now: 'Your' jet in which you can exercise the before learned in the form of a pre-flight checking directly is in front of you already. After you have checked the jet plane together with your pilot, take a seat beside your instructor in the cockpit 'MK-5'. You must fasten the seatbelt, and after everything is protected and your feelings are real, your pilot starts after the occasion release the engine and roll to the takeoff point on the runway.
90% of power, brakes on, temperature good, oil pressure good, rpm good - cleared off for take out of vision ... and it goes on. You will accelerate with 2.450 lbs thrust in the shortest time, and you take off at a still slow speed of 90 knots (approx. 168 km/h). Then the chassis is run, and the speed is raised.
90 degrees of curve brings you with 250 knots (approx. 465 km/h) in the training area located on the east coast of England. Here is a barred military flying range where you graduate from your farther program which takes the place of course only after your condition: Simple figures become flown like roles or steep turns, followed from advanced aerobatics like loopings, stable turns or barrel rolls. If you still feel right afterwards, your pilot will hand over the joystick for some minutes; you steer for the first time the jet completely alone. You should not exaggerate this of course; nevertheless, your instructor and pilot can intervene within seconds in the control of the aircraft.
After approx. 30-minute flight time you steer again against your home airport and after a low flight above the runway, you fly the last curve before you touch down then again. You have accomplished it, and you have flown as one of the first civilians in Europe a fighter jet.
In the park position, the jet engine is switched off, and you will conceive from the ground team. Barely you have the ground again under the feet; you will receive a special certificate of the airman's relay which proves your successful participation in the jet pilot training.
Now you have experienced the 'Art of Aviation' in the most powerful way!
Then you leave the airport again and sweep one in a hotel of your choice before you can return the next day again to your destination where you came from, or why not stay some days longer in England?
The jet BAC Provost MK 5 is a 2-steering jet aeroplane as it became flown with the RAF as an education-fighter aircraft. It is with VOR navigation, Garmin GPS 150 with Skymap Moving Map equipped, as well as with 2 Martin Bakers MK4 ejection seats. These are fully functioning and are equipped with staff in each case survival stack (PSP) as well as a small one man boat for emergency landings on water. The aeroplane disposes of a pressure cockpit and an oxygen care with a reserve system in both seats.
Technical data BAC Jet Airplane Provost MK5:
Function: Training aeroplane and reconnaissance plane
First construction year: 1956
Turbines: Rolls Royce Viper 202 - 2450 lbs thrust
Speed: (Vmax Dive): 1.186 km/h
Maximum flight altitude: 11,120 m
Length: 10.2 m
Height: 4.10 m
Span: 10.72 m