RPA Pilot Training Doubles

The Air Force has doubled the number of RPA pilots it trains—from 192 to 384—in the past year, said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson Wednesday at ASC16. This increase has required a “monumental effort” from Air Education and Training Command, Roberson said, and is “critically important to helping establish the foundation for the RPA community in our United States Air Force.” The first class of four enlisted airmen will begin RPA training next month. They will train with the “exact same program” currently used to train RPA pilots with a near-term goal of including “folks who are completely unfamiliar with the flying world.” After the first 12 enlisted airmen complete the program, AETC will conduct a review to “evaluate if there are any changes we need to make” before opening the field up to the rest of the enlisted force.