The Apache and Lynx helicopters are two of the Army’s most important assets on the battlefield. As part of a ground crew team you take care of this fleet on the landing site, using specialist training and skills to prepare them for missions. Your soldiering skills will also help you defend bases and refuelling points.
As a Ground crew Specialist you learn all the technical skills you need to work with aircraft. You drive LGVs (Large Goods Vehicles) like the 15,000-litre refuelling tanker and 15-tonne flatbed lorry. You also work closely with pilots to prepare helicopters for different missions and tasks. Part of your job is to prepare and load ammunition.
Go Skills Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Aviation Operations on the Ground
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Operations on the Ground
City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Knowledge)
All Army Air Corps soldiers start out as an Air trooper .You get all the benefits of Army life, like a good rate of pay, free healthcare, and subsidised food and board. You’re a crucial part of a team, and you focus on using your skills. Each promotion after this gets you extra pay.
Airtrooper FitzPatrick describes life as an Aviation Groundcrew Specialist:
“My job is to set up and run different types of landing points. That means marshalling helicopters, hooking up loads and refuelling and re-arming different types of aircraft. On operations there’s always plenty to do. Apache attack helicopters, for example, need to be re-armed and refuelled quickly so they can get back to the battle. It’s like being part of a Formula 1 pit crew!”
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