Air force innovation: leaning on the private sector

A pilot takes to the controls of a Squirrel helicopter simulator at the Defence Helicopter Flying School, RAF Shawbury. Simulator training – and the role of the private sector in it – is widely anticipated to grow in the future; the UK Government recently announced the £50m puchase of an Airbus A400M flight simulator from Thales Training and Simulation. Image courtesy of: Crown Copyright.