57 Squadron delivers elementary flying training which is the first stage of military flying training from RAF College Cranwell. 57 Squadron Instructors are a mixture of military and civilian pilots from a wide variety of backgrounds. Trainees undertake flying and simulation where they are taught basic aircraft handling, pilot navigation, instrument and low flying. During this phase they complete their ‘first solo’ flight on Prefect - often their first flight ever on their own. Upon completion, trainees are streamed to continue training as either Combat Air, Multi-engine or Rotary Wing pilots.
Those bound for Combat Air and Multi-engine complete further training on 57 Squadron, including formation and more advanced navigation. Students streamed for Rotary Wing progress directly to RAF Shawbury