a short introduction:
Facilities for training pilots for the Russian air force today counts 11 training bases (the so-called base of the second category, each of which comprises two or three squadrons). Further there are four centres of theoretical and simulator training in Armavir, Borisoglebsk, Balashov and Chelyabinsk, each of which is responsible for training different specialists. The system of the Russian air force pilot training virtually collapsed as a result of underfunding and the ongoing chaotic management of the air force, restructuring and reducing in the mid to late 1990s. This was followed by a sharp reduction in the number of pilots graduating each year – from 200 to 15 fighter pilots (excluding foreign students), with a touch less than 50 hours. Now, after almost twenty years of neglect, the Russian system of training pilots finally created a basis for stability in short term and improving its effectiveness. Despite this, the system of training military pilots and navigators still retains the traditional Soviet approach to education over five years. Its main purpose is to provide students higher education per civil standards, alongside with extensive general military and flight training, to generate military spirit. Cadets enroll in flight school after graduating from high school or during the call, usually at the age of 17-22 years. They go through a hard selection that aims to select candidates with good physical and mental data (which is confirmed by means of various specialized tests, and strict medical checks), and also with a good level of general education. Only men are allowed to be trained as military pilots - there are no plans for training women to become pilots or navigators.