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    In Jordan, Arab boys who want to be commercial air pilots need no longer travel to the United States or Britain to get their training.

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    CU Academy Insignia

    SV Captain Jones with student pilots talking about air routes.

    SOF STARTS: "All right......

    SOF ENDS: "....all right". (4 shots)

    SV PAN Training plane.

    SV Trainee pilot into cockpit and adjusts flaps.

    SOF STARTS: "Get out.......

    SOF ENDS: "...carry on". (3 shots)

    SV Captain Jones giving instructions to pilot in plane.

    SOF STARTS: "Check the fuel....

    SOF ENDS: "..all right, master off". (3 shots)

    GV Piper Comanche Training plane engines start.

    SV INT. Flight officer gives all clear to take off on radio.

    SV INT. Plane taxis down runway.

    SCU INT Trainee pilot at controls on take off.

    SV Training plane in flight.

    SCU Trainee pilot at controls in flight.

    SV Flight Officer giving instructions.

    GV Plane during flight.

    SV Trainee pilot

    GV Aircraft and approaching runway for landing. (5 shots)

    GV Aircraft landing (2 shots)

    GV INT. Trainee pilots in classroom during altitude lecture. (6 shots)

    "Out aim is to bring this Academy up to be the major training school in the Middle East and we have gone a long way towards that in the last six months and we hope in the next six months to be able to achieve that aim", said Captain Jones.

    "All right. When we have got the elapsed time we can fill the flight plan in and we have all the information we need from Damascus to Beirut. Now what again is the safety height. 562 zero. All right".

    "Get out and put up flaps when you get in and then go round the wing just in the normal way. Now round to the engine compartment. How much oil should we have."

    "Check the master on. Check the fuel contains. All right. Master ???".

    Jordanians who want to be commercial pilots need go abroad for their training no more.

    For the Royal Jordan Aeronautical Academy is providing the training that once was mainly available in the United States or Britain. At Amman Airport would-be pilots from Jordan and other Arab countries are being trained to high standards under Captain Lee Jones the Academy's Chief Instructor.

    The aim is to turn the Academy into the major air training school of the Middle East. In the next six months Captain Jones hopes the aim will be realised.

    The Royal Flying Club was set up in Jordan in 1966. It became an Academy in 1970 by order of king Hussain. The King decided it was time for Jordan to train its own pilots.

    There is great competition for places at the Academy. Only ten trainees are accepted for each fifteen month course. To be considered an applicant has to have the highest academic qualifications.

    Then they are subjected to British style aptitude tests to choose the final ten. The successful trainees have to do two hundred and thirdly flying hours.

    For each young pilot discipline is tough. There is drill, physical fitness training and exercises on desert survival.

    The standards are exacting but Captain Jones believes the young men can be proud of their licenses once they get them.

    The Academy has single and twin engined Piper training planes. An advanced flight simulator and an acrobatics plane are to be delivered soon.

    Many hours are spent firmly on the ground learning about sky navigation or wireless. The Ground school, is based exactly on the requirements of the British Civil Aviation authority. When the lessons have all been learnt many of the young pilots will joint the Royal Jordanian Airline. The Academy is also providing trained pilots for other Middle East airlines.

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    Background: In Jordan, Arab boys who want to be commercial air pilots need no longer travel to the United States or Britain to get their training. They can learn to fly and take their pilot's license at the Royal Jordanian Aeronautical Academy at Amman Airport.

    The Academy's Chief Flying Instructor, Captain Lee Jones is English and he says the 15 month course is similar to a pilot's course in Britain in content and standard.

    The Royal Academy was established in 1970 by command of King Hussain to train young Arabs, mainly from Jordan, but also from other Arab countries, as commercial pilots. Jordan had decided it was time it could train its pilots at home.

    The competition for a place at the Academy is very keen. Only those with the highest academic qualifications are ever considered. Then the applicants are subjected to British-style aptitude tests. Only ten young men are accepted for each course. They each must do 230 hours of flying on both single and twin engine Piper training planes.

    The Ground School is based exactly on the requirements of the British Civil Aviation Authority. The trainees are also subjected to a military style discipline, with drill, physical fitness training and exercise in desert survival.

    When the trainees get their flying licenses they join the Royal Jordanian Airline or the airlines of other Arab nations.

    The flying Academy has seven single and twin engined Pipers and delivery is expected any day of an advanced flight simulator and an acrobatic plane - to further test the skill of the young trainee pilots.

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