Key facts

  • MFTS is a modern, collaborative and streamlined flight training solution replacing separate fixed-wing and rotary training programmes for the RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps
  • Affinity is an aircraft supply and support organisation. Our core capabilities are: aircraft solution & design, airworthiness & maintenance
  • In an 18-year partnership, Affinity will support the fixed-wing element of MFTS for elementary flying training, basic flying tasks and multi-engine training
  • A trio of new aircraft types have been selected and mobilisation has started; 38 aircraft will be delivered in a phased approach
  • Our teams will manage and maintain the fleets at RAF Barkston Heath and Cranwell in Lincolnshire, and RAF Valley in north Wales – enabling circa 21,000 hours a year of training across the three platforms

Delivering significant benefits:

  • A more effective and efficient MFTS:
    • Less delays – Affinity selected three complementary aircraft types to enable pilots’ seamless progression through a coherent, more joined-up training pipeline
    • Aircrew set up to succeed – modern, digital cockpits create a more realistic training environment, reflective of the frontline, exposing students to the technologies relied upon at the operational level
    • Faster track training – anticipated through improved availability of aircraft, generated by a step-change in turnaround, scheduling and fleet management
  • A value for money, low risk solution:
    • We selected ‘off the shelf’ aircraft requiring minor modifications, to provide a low risk, affordable solution with an assured airworthiness and delivery schedule
    • Maximised opportunity for download – transferring training sorties from more advanced, higher cost aircraft to our more cost-effective aircraft
    • Blended live/virtual training – increased use of synthetics due to advanced simulation possible provides another time and cost effective benefit