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In 1956, No. 1 IFS was amalgamated with No. 1 Advanced Flying School (No. 1 AFS) at Saskatoon, Sask., the latter having been established there since 1952. The school's role then saw ReN, RCAF Regular and Auxiliary pilots introduced to the Expediter air­ craft and subsequently converted to the B-25 Mitchell for the major portion of an instrument rating course.

In 1959 the Mitchell was phased out and all instrument quali­ fication training was completed on the Expediter. In 1960, the school's role broadened and it was assigned the responsibility of training RCN pilots to wings standard as their training program in the United had been dropped a t the time.

In September, 1962, the school moved from Saskatoon to Cana­ dian Joint Air Training (CJAT) Camp at Rivers, Man., and it was here that the first army pilots began training for an instrument rating.

Nearly two years after arriving at Rivers, the school was moved in August, 1964, to RCAF Station Portage la Prairie and had its name changed to No.3 Flying Training School (3FTS). No. 3FTS conducts a 16-to I8-week multi-engine course for Tutor trained stu­ dents. Auxiliary, army and foreign national pilots are also trained to instrument standards.

The syllabus followed at 3FTS consists of ground school and simulator training, and flying of the Expediter aircraft.

Upon arrival at 3FTS, the students are in ground school full days for the first week, where they are mainly learning Expeditor engineering and handling. After this exam the students, for the next five weeks, are half days in ground school and the other half on the flight line.

While in ground school, the students are taught flight conduct, flight procedures and general aircraft engineering. They are also subjected to drill, physical training, and officer development pro­ grams. At the end of approximately six weeks the tough instru­ ment rating qualifying examination is given.

Now the flying takes up the full day, with clear hood or visual flying just about complete, and simulated instrument flying, utiliz­ ing navigation aids, becoming more and more familiar. A trip to Saskatoon, Sask., to become more proficient on the instrument land­ ing system, and then a western cross-country, to Edmonton, Alta., prepares a student for the busy air terminals in the east.

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