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750 Naval Air Squadron
Organisation / Units & Squadrons

750 Naval Air Squadron

750 Naval Air Squadron trains Royal Navy Observers and Royal Air Force Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs), the airborne mission commanders who navigate, operate communications systems, control the weaponry and lead the fight in our Fleet Air Arm helicopters and Royal Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) fixed wing crewed aircraft.

Student flight planning


Our Royal Navy and Royal Air Force trainees have overlapping but differing training requirements so we tailor their courses to meet their needs.
Royal Navy Observers - Over the Basic Flying Training (BFT) course of 6 months they complete phases in Reversionary Navigation (no GPS or Inertial Navigation System), System Navigation (no GPS), a UK and Continental Navigation Trainer, Sensor Operations (maritime operations inc landing profiles to ships, search and rescue) and Multi Task (dynamic airborne re-tasking to new events) with an emphasis on Captaincy.
Royal Air Force WSOs - The WSO Lead-In Course (WSOLIC) takes 3 months and, whilst it has commonality with the BFT course, it has a different focus as WSOs won’t operate from ships and will operate as part of larger crews across land and maritime environments. Trainee WSOs complete phases in Navigation (full suite of navigation aids available), Maritime (maritime operations and search and rescue), ISTAR (combined land and maritime intelligence gathering and threat based scenarios) and Final Air Tests (dynamic airborne re-tasking to new events) with an emphasis on Mission Command.
Both courses are designed to develop tomorrow’s battle winning aircrew from individuals who know little about aviation into those ready to progress to their next stage of training on their Operational Conversion Units (OCUs) for their Front Line aircraft: the Merlin Mk2 or Wildcat HMA2 advanced maritime helicopters for the Observers, and the cutting-edge Poseidon or Rivet Joint ISTAR aircraft for the WSOs.

Flight planning


We use 4 Beechcraft King Air 350 Extended Range twin-engine Avenger T1 aircraft, 4 simulators and 45 personnel to support our trainee’s progression.
Our expert instructors boost knowledge, expertise and confidence, focusing on the skills trainees will need for their next steps in training including: Captaincy, Mission Command, decision making and prioritisation under pressure, multi-tasking, all weather navigation, sensor management, threat assimilation, tactical profiles and search and rescue.
Trainers make use of state of the art equipment, both within the aircraft and on the ground. Our equipment can synthetically replicate a range of modern front-line sensors, including radars (live on the aircraft), tactical data links and electronic support measures.


One pilot, one Qualified Instructor and one trainee, with the ability to carry 8 persons in total in a communications role.

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