Aviation training that’s a class above

We ensure the world’s best aircrew trainees receive the world’s best flying training. Working with the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the Army, our teams deliver world class technical instruction across multiple locations and aircraft types. The breadth of our training also covers aeronautical apprenticeships and air traffic control.


Babcock’s unrivalled knowledge of military flying training has prepared thousands of students for over 70 years. We currently support over 70% of all MOD flying training hours; and, through a full-service partnership with the MOD, we own the aircraft for, and operate, the UK Light Aircraft Flying Task (LAFT2).


Babcock is a 50/50 partner in the Ascent joint venture with Lockheed Martin, which is responsible for delivering the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) through to 2033. Our key activities include the delivery of pilot training, flight simulator maintenance, asset management, multi-activity support services and equipment support to ensure that aircraft and their aircrew are always mission-ready. We employ around 1,800 highly trained and skilled people at over 30 aviation sites across the UK.


In late 2016 we were delighted to have been chosen by the French Ministère de la Défense for FOMEDEC (Formation modernisée et entraînement différencié des équipages de chasse) which is a 10-year outsourced programme to deliver basic flying training in the Pilatus PC-21 to the l’Armée de l’Air.


Like UKMFTS, the French contract authorities have purchased a fixed amount of flying hours with maintenance, infrastructure and a synthetic training solution to deliver a pilot training capability.


Whether we’re providing technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining training equipment, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class results.