Learn to fly the Short Tucano.
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Learn to fly the Short Tucano.

Learn advanced flying in an RAF Advanced trainer.
4.3 (2 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2019
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What you'll learn
  • Advanced flying at PPL level.
  • low level navigation
Requirements
  • To participate you will need a PC and basic aircraft controllers.
  • the more the better.
Description

Based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire the RAF teach their up and coming fighter pilots to fly in the Short Tucano. You can now follow this course and find out about advanced flying at PPL level. The download is available and you can actually learn to fly the Tucano on your PC and perform advanced flying without having to join up. Everything from high angle off attack stall awareness and recovery, spin recovery, inverted flying, low level and formation flying too. Loads of fun and you get to appreciate what a good aircraft the Tucano really is.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners wanting to pass a PPL and move onto more advanced aircraft.
  • The Short Tucano.
Course content
Expand 31 lectures 05:45:37
+ Introduction
31 lectures 05:45:37

Welcome to advanced flying at PPL level. Here we will learn to fly the Shorts Tucano which is a gas turbine aircraft with retractable gear as used by the Royal Air Force to train there fighter pilots. This aircraft is available to buy on X/Plane 11. In this course you can watch and learn or follow through flying your downloaded version.

RAF Linton-on-Ouse (IATA: HRT, ICAO: EGXU) is a Royal Air Force station at Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire, England, 10 miles (16 km) north-west of York. It is currently a flying training centre. It has satellite stations at RAF Topcliffe and Dishforth Airfield (British Army).

With the transfer of pilot training to RAF Valley on Anglesey, the RAF confirmed that it would vacate Linton-on-Ouse by 2020 and look to dispose of the site altogether.

Preview 01:04

Flying training[edit]

Linton-on-Ouse provides Basic Fast Jet Training (BFJT) for those students selected for the Fast Jet (FJ) stream. On completion of the course, successful students are awarded their Wings and proceed to No 4 FTS, RAF Valley in Wales for their Advanced FJ Training.

The only squadron based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse is now 72 Squadron providing basic fast-jet training. The squadron holds Reserve status and is designated as 72(R). The squadron operates the Tucano T.1 and include both RAF and RN Fleet Air Arm personnel. Alongside this, Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron relocated to RAF Linton-on-Ouse from the then closing RAF Church Fenton in 2014. YUAS operate the Grob Tutor T1 aircraft.[12]

Royal Air Force station at Linton-on-Ouse.
02:34

Very important to remember the total layout of the base. Normally you could do this in a vehicle, and studying the airport layout plan. You need to familiarise yourself with the ramp. The taxiways and holding points from the ramp to all runways and the way back to the ramp too. Have a look on google earth too.

Airfield familiarisation.
04:32

The Short Tucano is a two-seat turboprop basic trainer built by Short Brothers in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is a licence-built version of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano. The main operator is the Royal Air Force with exports to Kenya and Kuwait.

Intro to the Bird. Tucano.
02:26

Since first deliveries to the RAF in 1989, the Tucano is now operated primarily from No. 1 Flying Training School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse to provide basic fast-jet flying training to RAF and RN student pilots, on 72 (Reserve) Squadron. Student pilots fly around 130 hours during their training course on the Tucano before progressing to the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley.

In this first flight we talk and practice the use of TOP RUDDER in steep turns and rolls. Then we explore the stall, clean with flaps and with flaps and gear.

First flight in the Tucano.
26:56

Circuit training is sometimes boring but totally necessary at this stage. Do at least 3 per day. Start with normal circuits at 1000 to 1200ft then get lower and tighter as you get better.

The Short Tucano replaced the Jet Provost as the basic trainer for the RAF, preparing the student pilots for progression to Hawk T1 advanced flying training. The aircraft proved to be 70% cheaper to operate than its predecessor. The Tucano's accident record has also been remarkably better than other ab-initio training aircraft, with only five aircraft written off with no fatalities in over 20 years.

Circuit training at 400ft.
17:50

In March 2007, regarding experiences from the War in Afghanistan, the British Parliament was debating the idea of replacing Harriers and Tornados for armed Short Tucanos during close air supportmissions. This would have required extensive modification as the RAF aircraft were not fitted with wing hardpoints.

RAF has a contract with VT Group to support maintenance until April 2014, with possible option to extend the deal for another two years.The aircraft was scheduled to be withdrawn from service in 2015. It will be replaced by the winner of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

Preview 22:37

Learn about high Angle of attack stalling in high G turns.

Accidents and incidents

On 22 Feb 1990, the first export Tucano Mk 51 ZH203 (destined for Kenya) crashed near Rathlin Island due to tailplane flutter in high speed weapons carriage trials, killing Shorts Chief Test Pilot Allan Deacon who ejected but drowned.

The RAF lost 5 aircraft in service, all non-fatal (four involved ejections): ZF316 on 12 May 1992, ZF270 on 13 May 1996, ZF293 on 22 Aug 2000, ZF344 on 12 Mar 2009 and ZF349 on 8 Jan 2013.

On 22 June 2015, two-time Academy Award-winning composer James Horner died when the Tucano he was piloting crashed in central California in a remote region of the Los Padres National Forest about 60 miles (97 km) north of Santa Barbara. Horner was the sole occupant of the plane.

Stall recovery in high speed turn.
17:36

Propeller pitch is adjustable.

Using the variable pitch propeller as an air brake.
20:49
Engine fail in flight.
09:11
Engine fail on take off.
05:54
Engine fail. Belly landing no wheels.
04:28

Now this may seem like a silly thing to do. You would certainly spend time in the guardhouse if you were in the RAF. However there is method in my madness. I want you to practice low level rolls. use the runway centre line as a guide. Remember lots of top rudder when you knife edge along the centre line. Slow down the roll and get as low as you can because we will be doing this soon when doing low level flying in the mountains. Don't worry if you crash. Just try again. When mountain flying you may need to roll out of a tight spot.

Beating up the airfield.
12:38

Now this may seem like a silly thing to do. You would certainly spend time in the guardhouse if you were in the RAF. However there is method in my madness. I want you to practice low level rolls. use the runway centre line as a guide. Remember lots of top rudder when you knife edge along the centre line. Slow down the roll and get as low as you can because we will be doing this soon when doing low level flying in the mountains. Don't worry if you crash. Just try again. When mountain flying you may need to roll out of a tight spot.

Beating up the airfield full version.
11:24

Low level navigation briefing. Do 5 hours cross country flying at 500ft AGL.

Low level navigation 500ft AGL
02:58

VFR flight from Linton to Leeds Bradford low level and not above 500ft AGL.

Example of low level nav to Leeds Bradford airport.
15:35

Briefing for flight number 1 in the Lake district.

Intro to low level flying in the Lake district.
01:08

Bird strikes are a very real danger you have to think calmly before you react.

Think about Bird Strikes.
01:10
Flight 1 in the Lake district low level nav.
29:44

Low level nav in the lake district with low cloud briefing for flight 2.

Briefing for Lake district flight 2
01:37

In this flight we are getting a good feel of the lake district its clouds and valleys.

Preview 31:34

Rolling inverted over blind peaks.

Briefing for flight 3 lake district
00:36

Rolling inverted over the top of a blind peak gives you better visibility and keeps the aircraft in positive G.

Flight 3 lake district.
23:21

The dread of every pilot, Ditching in the sea.

Ditching in the sea.
11:13

Ditching in a lake in the lake district.


Ditching in a lake.
13:09

I often have music on when I fly I find it inspiring.

North Wales
05:07

Formation flying is a lot easier in real life than on a sim, so if you can crack it here you will clean up in the sky.

Formation flying North Wales.
20:55

Anglesey Airport (Maes Awyr Môn) (IATA: VLY, ICAO: EGOV) is an airport owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The airport is situated at Llanfair yn Neubwll on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. The leased site is part of RAF Valley, an RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks.

Anglesey Airport North Wales.
18:01

Checkout my lecture Fast Jet training on the Hawk T1 here at Valley.

Tune into the next course flying fast Jets at Valley
02:12
Gibraltar to Malaga Inverted.
03:49
Gibraltar
03:29