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Just a quick question, when did the RAF start the avionics courses, just an interest, I started as Elect Mech Air in 1963 (48th entry BE), then had to change to E & I, left in 1976, then later in civvy street did avionic courses, sitting here just wondering when the RAF changed.
Not sure. I can remember looking at what my flight was doing about 1970, and suggesting the name 'Avionics Flight' to be passed up the food chain for approval. OC Eng nearly had kittens at the thought of the word 'avionics'. OTOH he was an old school guy (with a lot of very admirable characteristics, I must add).
I think the RAF moved to training single trade Avionics in 87, that was certainly when the last L Tech FS courses finished, although I accept that the AV courses might have started earlier to ensure a continous supply of fresh technicians and mechanics.
I was one of the last to be "converted" spending a whole 3 days to learn aircraft comms and I think 2 1/2 weeks mastering radar including waveguide theory and that was in February 93.
Of course since then the Electrician and Avionics trade have been merged, in line with something or other, although I thought the electrician training was a lot like my insty training for the most part and couldn't work out what the dog was for
Happy to have ben considered an Air Radio Fitter - ex-Locking appy, three years training Sept 1960-Aug 1963. I suppose with all this fly-by-wire the go, we now get to rule the world. Power, power power.
7 dwarfs, the last Flight Systems DE course ended in 87 and I believe the last Radar & Comms courses ended around the same time, there are photos doing the rounds of courses with names. I know very well one of the last people to become L Tech FS (the sucessor trade to Nav Inst for our "experienced readers"
ZH785 3 days? from what to what? Hell it took a month to learn basic hack n bash never mind acol, weak 1 no trump and a sacrifice pre-empt.
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Thanks for the Info, thought it might be around 89 - 90 time. I was working at Stanstead when we were told the trades where being merged, never made any difference to the radio/radar guys, they still sat around doing F.A.