No.674 Squadron Army Air Corps and No.703 Naval Air Squadron both of which provide elementary flying training to the pilots of the British Army and Royal Navy respectively at Royal Air Force Barkston Heath have temporarily relocated to RAF College Cranwell. The two squadrons which utilise the Grob Tutor 115E aircraft are undertaking the relocation while the facilities at RAF Barkston Heath are renovated by civilian contractors. Both services claim that the temporary relocation of the two squadrons will not impact on their training programs.
The work being carried out at RAF Barkston Heath is to make the site ready for the new Military Flying Training System which is set to be operational there by 2017. The new training system will provide elementary flying training to all three services with the new Grob 120TP aircraft. Elementary flight training teaches the very basics of powered flight to prospective military pilots and must be carried out even by those earmarked to fly helicopters. Typically the current training syllabus allows for around 60 flying hours on the Grob Tutor before the trainee proceeds to whichever branch of military flying their career is heading – fast jet, multi-engine or rotary (helicopters).