British pilots choose to be trained in Italy with Italian Air Force and Leonardo

RAF International Flight Training School
T-346A advanced training aircraft inside a shelter at the IFTS in Decimomannu, Sardinia.

The Italian Air Force and the Royal Air Force have signed an agreement to provide British student pilots and instructor pilots with Phase IV training at the International Flight Training School in Decimomannu, Sardinia.

The agreement was finalized on Saturday during the second day of the AeroSpace Power Conference in Rome. The arrival of the first two British student pilots at IFTS is expected in July and by 2023 two more will join the school.

This agreement confirms what the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Luca Goretti, said during the presentation of the new IFTS campus in Sardinia on 11 May 2023.

"Through this international structure we have demonstrated that we are leaders in the flight training sector," Goretti said.

RAF International Flight Training School

The new campus is spread over a total area of 130,000 square meters (equal to 18 football fields) and boasts modern and technologically advanced infrastructures such as the Ground Based Training System (GBTS).

The International Flight Training School (IFTS) is an Italian excellence born from a partnership between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo and a point of reference for the advanced training of military pilots from all over the world who fly state-of-the-art fighters such as Eurofighter or F-35.

The first courses at Decimomannu began in July 2022 with students from Italy and from foreign countries such as Qatar, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Austria, Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Images: Italian Air Force

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