RAF – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Pilot

Full TimeTraining
  • Post Date: January 7, 2017
  • Apply Before: January 7, 2018
  • Salary Range 0- £15,000
  • Career Level Officer
  • Experience Graduate
Job Description

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Pilots have a unique and challenging role. They provide air power on behalf of the UK by operating the Reaper, a state-of-the-art medium altitude long endurance remotely piloted aircraft.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Control the Reaper for persistent intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance and, if required, ground-attack missions worldwide
  • Mission planning and ground based staff duties

Similar civilian roles include UAV Pilot Operator, Pilot Instructor, System Specialist, Simulator Coordinator.

Key Facts

Full Time Regular
Initial pay after training £30,616 + Benefits
Pay during training £25,727 + Benefits
Entry level Officer
Commitment Usual service 12 years

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Pilots have a unique and challenging role. They provide air power on behalf of the UK by operating the Reaper, a state-of-the-art medium altitude long endurance remotely piloted aircraft.

Typical Responsibilities:
Control the Reaper for persistent intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance and, if required, ground-attack missions worldwide
Mission planning and ground based staff duties
Training
Full Time Regular
Initial Training
Like all our officers, you’ll begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire.
You’ll follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges. You can find a breakdown of the course here.
Specialist Training
Your specialist training begins with a bespoke version of Elementary Flying Training (EFT), including ground school and then flying the Tutor aircraft. You will complete the Tutor training with an Instrument Flight Test and Final Handling Test before being awarded RPAS(P) wings. You will then go to the Reaper Formal Training Unit (FTU) in the USA to train on the aircraft
Full Time Regular
Job requirements
Qualifications:
You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or acceptable equivalents) at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17), including English Language, and Mathematics, Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) Standard Grades; 5 at a minimum of Grade 2, including English Language, and Mathematics or 5 Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) Grades at a minimum of Grade 5 including English Language and Mathematics.In addition, you need at least 2 A2 Levels / 3 Highers at Grade C or above (excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 160 UCAS points.Alternatively, if you hold a UK degree at Grade 2:2 or higher (or acceptable alternative) you only need Mathematics and English Language GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Mathematics and English Language SCE Standard Grades of 2  or SNE Grade 5.Age: 17.5 – 31.5 (Must enter IOT before the age of 32 and six months)

RAF Requirements
To join the RAF you will need to meet the fitness, health, nationality, residency and other criteria