By DebbieH 26 May 2021 6 min read

How to become a Helicopter Pilot in the Army


As an officer pilot, you’ll learn how to fly and command military helicopters. You’ll lead complex aviation missions and command small, close-knit teams of other officers and soldiers. You will learn everything you need to know about flying, from take-off and landing to formation flying at night.

To become an officer pilot in the British Army, you must first and foremost apply to become a British Army Officer. You will complete standard Army Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. On passing the aviation aptitude, medical and flying grading tests, then whilst you are at Sandhurst you will be eligible to be selected as a helicopter officer pilot.

Over the next two years, you will learn to fly the Juno (H135) training helicopter. You will also learn about communications, navigation and tactics. At the end you will be awarded the Army Pilot Badge (your “Wings”) and get streamed onto your operational aircraft, usually the Apache (and attack helicopter) or Wildcat (used for reconnaissance). You will then complete your conversion course (approximately 18 months) before arriving fully qualified at your front line regiment.

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