The Jetstream TMk1 Aircraft is a twin-engine, turbo-prop monoplane, which first entered RAF service in 1973. It is used as an advanced, multi-engine pilot trainer by No 45(R) Squadron, which is based at the RAF College Cranwell, in Lincolnshire. Prior to flying the Jetstream, elementary flying training students who have been selected to fly multi engined aircraft receive an additional 30 hours training on the Firefly multi engine lead-in (MELIN) course, which is also run by No 45(R) Squadron. During the MELIN course, students learn about crew cooperation and procedural flying to prepare them for their advanced flying training on the Jetstream.
A crew of two (student and instructor) operates the aircraft and students learn advanced skills such as twinengine general handling, asymmetric flying, formation flying, low-level flying and airways navigation. On completion of the course students are awarded their pilot’s wings, and then undertake their next flying phase at an operational conversion unit. A variety of courses are available using the Jetstream, based mainly on the student’s previous flying experience. This experience can be as little as 100 hours for a student arriving straight from elementary flying training, to a few thousand hours for a qualified pilot transferring to the multi engine role. In addition to its flying training role, the Jetstream can be used to carry up to 12 passengers or freight.
The Jetstream TMk1 has offered excellent service during its time in the RAF; however, it is now reaching the end of its active life. It is anticipated that it will be replaced in 2004 by the Beech King Air B200.
Jetstream TMk1 Aircraft• Twin-engine turboprop used for pilot advanced flying training.
• Operated by a crew of two, with student pilot and instructor flight-deck crew.
• Used to teach multi-engine procedures and airways navigation.
• Can also be used to carry up to 12 passengers or freight.
• Current plans indicate it will be replaced in 2004.
Powerplant: Two Turbomeca Astazou Mk16D turboprops
Rating: 968eshp each
Wingspan: 15.86m (52ft 1ins)
Length: 14.36m (47ft 2ins)
Height: 5.33m (17ft 6ins)
Max T/O weight: 6000kg (13,200lbs)
Max speed: 230kts (265mph)
Max altitude: 25,000ft