What’s a typical pilot training day like?

In general, new pilots are placed on “formal release.” This means they have to show up at a specific time everyday and can’t leave until given permission by their instructors; it is unlikely they get such permission prior to the expiration of their 12 hour day. Student pilots show up for a formal brief and accomplish at least one scheduled training event like a sortie, simulator, or academics. Sorties are approximately 1 to 1.5 hours long.

A reasonably good description of this and other details surrounding UPT can be found at the military pilot section of BaseOps.net. While the website has some educational information, it also has questionable content. We neither endorse nor sanction the content of that site.


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