703 Naval Air Squadron

Every pilot in the Royal Navy begins their aviation career with Elementary Flight Training, under the watchful eye of 703 Naval Air Squadron (NAS). These seasoned aviators give potential Royal Navy pilots a taste of life in the air.

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

183+ knots

Top speed

500+ nautical miles

Total range

10 metres

Total wingspan

Our base

Our base

RNAS Yeovilton

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703 Naval Air Squadron's role

As some of the most experienced pilots in the Royal Navy, the flight instructors of 703 NAS are the ones who help Naval pilots gain their ‘wings’. Together, they train around 60 pilots a year.

The Elementary Flying Training program, through which all military pilots must pass, is taught using the Grob Tutor fixed-wing aircraft. The course 55-hour course includes instrument flying, navigation, aerobatics and low-level flying, and is taught from 703 NAS’s base at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire.

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