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Santella flies with 80th FTW Wichita Falls mayor soars with 80th FTW
Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana experienced the mental and physical requirements needed to be an Air Force combat pilot June 12 when he flew a training mission in a T-38C Talon with 80th Flying Training Wing Commander Col. Andrea Themely.
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n/a Undergraduate Pilot Training; there’s an app for that
The 80th Flying Training Wing entered this year’s Air Education and Training Command Innovation Challenge after successfully creating an app to make more than 1,500 pages of necessary documents available to its pilots via handheld device.
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n/a AETC, Sheppard collaborate on Continuum of Learning
Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Force Development expert Masoud Rasti visited Sheppard Air Force Base April 17, 2018, to help leaders understand implementation of the Air Force’s newest training paradigm, the Continuum of Learning. The CoL was introduced in March 2017 and changes have already been made throughout AETC, including at Sheppard AFB.
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Air crews from the 80TH Flying Training Wing practice maneuvers during pilot training in T-38 Talon aircrafts on May 14, 2014 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Pilots practice take offs, landing, touch and goes and tactical formation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Danny Webb/Released) AF, NATO works to address pilot shortage
Pilot shortages, syllabus changes among topics discussed during the 75th meeting of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program Steering Committee at Sheppard Air Force Base that wrapped up March 9, 2018.
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ENJJPT leads Pilot Training Now ENJJPT leading the way in new Pilot Training Next program
When Air Education and Training Command’s newest pilot training program takes to the skies in early 2018 in Central Texas, the fingerprints of the 80th Flying Training Wing’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program will be all over it.
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Former film producer, now 2nd Lt. Aaron Doyle, finds new success as a student pilot in the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, April 10, 2017. Student pilots with diverse backgrounds help our Air Force adapt to any challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Brittany Curry) Film to flying: Former producer finds new success in the sky
Then Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, announced in 2016 that the Air Force could be short roughly 1,000 pilots over the next few years. When the buzz circulated to former film producer, now 2nd Lt. Aaron Doyle, he knew it was his time to serve.
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Virginia Rhone, T Square Crew Shuttle Driver and considered a second mom to many of the undergraduate pilots attending ENJJPT, retires after 31 years with the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. A T-37 Crew Chief for 21 years, Virginia took on shuttling pilot crews for the last 10 years on the flight line. "They are out here learning to protect us, we need to take care of them," she said. "I have loved and been proud to be a part of the ENJJPT family."  Crews will long remember her, as Crew Bus 1 now has her name.
Virginia Rhone: More than just a shuttle driver
Almost 6,300 NATO fighter pilots were trained during the 31 years that Mrs. Virginia Rhone has been part of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program at Sheppard.
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Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training student pilots fly in formation in the T-38 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. As part of their training, ENJJPT student pilots learn various skills and maneuvers in both the T-6 and T-38 aircrafts, as well as in flight simulators. (U.S. Air Force photo/82nd Training Wing Public Affairs) Pilot program remains laser-focused in the face of an Air Force pilot shortage
Officials with the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program remain laser-focused on maximizing training production as the Air Force faces a growing pilot shortage. “The Air Force is currently about 500 pilots short of requirements,” Col. Paul Moga, 80th Flying Training Wing vice commander, said. “And that number is projected to reach 800 by 2022.”
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