Diamond DA20s First Exposure To USAF Flying For Pilots In the
The Gateway to Air Force aviation launched its 100,000th sortie
earlier this month. That gateway is run by the 1st Flying Training
Squadron at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Pueblo, Colo. The 1st FTS
oversees Initial Flight Screening, for all of the Air Force's
pilot, combat systems officers and remotely piloted aircraft
candidates, It does this by working with Doss Aviation, which
fulfills the $200 million, 10-year Air Force Initial Flight
The IFS program is the first step in the U.S. Air Force's
undergraduate flying training process. IFS provides ground and
flight training to students in preparation for Specialized
Undergraduate Pilot Training, Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer
Training, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft initial screening and
training. The two primary objectives are to provide the U.S. Air
Force an opportunity to screen aviation candidates prior to
Undergraduate Flying Training entrance and begin the development of
the student's aviation skills.
"Flying 100,000 sorties is a significant milestone for any flying
operation. When you consider that most of the students that begin
training here have never flown an airplane before, it makes it even
more significant to reach this milestone with a very strong safety
record," said Lt. Col. James Dirman, the 1st FTS director of
The 1st FTS has a unique partnership with Doss Aviation to conduct
initial flight screening for all Air Force pilots, CSOs and RPA
candidates. "The students learn in a world-class facility and are
taught by highly experienced instructors. Many of the instructor
pilots are former military aviators with thousands of hours
instructing in a variety of aircraft," said Colonel Dirman.
Students learn to fly in the Diamond DA20-C1 aircraft. "The DA20
has a remarkable safety record and is an excellent platform to
teach basic flying skills. Students who graduate from the 1st FTS
are extremely prepared for their follow-on training, whether it be
pilot, CSO or RPA," added Colonel Dirman.
“We are very proud that our Diamond DA20 is serving as the
aircraft of choice for the ‘Gateway to Air Force
Aviation’ Introductory Flight Screening Program for the
United States Air Force,” said Peter Maurer, CEO of Diamond
Aircraft Industries Inc.
The 1st Flying Training Squadron welcomed its 100th class to
Introductory Flight Training on Wednesday.