- 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