Operationally critical, AirTanker delivers one of the world’s most sophisticated aviation training programmes to the RAF.

RAF training delivered alongside civilians and RAF Reserves

Simulator training at ATAirTanker has a responsibility to provide training to the RAF in support of its Voyager air transport, air-to-air refuelling and aeromedical evacuation roles, in addition to the training we deliver to our own employees and those RAF embedded team members ‘seconded’ to the RAF Voyager service. 

As part of its pioneering approach, RAF Squadrons, Sponsored Reservists, embedded RAF personnel and civilians are trained together by role-type, sharing knowledge and drawing on best practice in civilian and military aviation.


Training at AirTankerInclusive of AirTanker’s own learning and development programme, Sponsored Reservist and military training, AirTanker provides more than 250 training courses. 

Training is split according to user-groups: pilots; cabin crew; engineers; flight ops; and the rest of the Voyager community.

Courses include A330-200 type rating; pilot and Mission Systems Operator air-to-air refuelling training; military and civilian cabin crew training; CAA engineering Part 66 (Basic Engineers Licence) and practical training under AirTanker’s Part 145 maintenance organisation approval; amongst others.

A training partnership

AirTanker - Training simulatorAirTanker has responsibility for training. Its delivery is centrally coordinated by Thales Training and Simulation and supported by facilities management and systems specialist, Babcock, as contractors to AirTanker.

This is given for the most part at AirTanker’s state-of-the art training facility at RAF Brize Norton. This houses classrooms, lecture theatres and aircraft simulators including part task SIM; Mission Systems Consul; an air-to-air refuelling trainer; and full motion simulator, representing a multi-million pound investment.  

Training is also delivered by a number of partners including the RAF, British Airways and City of Bristol College.