IFTS - International Flight Training School
Training excellence for fighter pilots.

Experience, Excellence, Affordability

As demand grows for high quality, affordable pilot training solutions, the International Flight Training School (IFTS) sets a new standard. It combines the Italian Air Force’s world-renowned excellence in flight training and Leonardo and CAE’s leadership in integrated training solutions to create a new centre for pilot training in Italy, starting with Phase IV (Advanced/Lead-In Fighter Training).


Italian Air Force expertise

Thanks to the wealth of experience acquired training national and international combat pilots for decades, IFTS can draw on a team of international instructor pilots selected and qualified by the Italian Air Force, with an emphasis on ‘Train As You Fight’ imprinting. The demanding qualification process meets the highest levels of training required for latest generation fighter aircraft.

Integrated training solutions by Leonardo

Leonardo’s integrated solution includes the M-346 advanced jet trainer featuring the on-board Embedded Tactical Training System (ETTS). Leonardo and CAE also supply a Ground Based Training System (GBTS) with state-of-the-art training devices, including full mission simulators and fully operational Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) environment to maximise cost-effectiveness.

Preparing tomorrow’s combat pilots

IFTS equips the next generation of pilots with the skills they need via customised teaching modules, tailored to each Air Force’s requirements, including basic training to best suit the student pilot‘s desired proficiency and output standard, reducing the requirement for expensive flight hours at Operation Conversion Unit level, saving time and valuable resources.

IFTS added values

Modern, well-equipped facilities guarantee students access to a top-level training experience in an international setting. The IFTS provides diverse training airspace ideal for multiple fighter-training scenarios and challenging environmental conditions, together with internationally recognised standards.

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First steps for the International Flight Training School

The Italian Air Force's International Flight Training School, powered by Leonardo, is poised to become a benchmark for the provision of advanced training to air forces worldwide. To learn more, let's see what happens in Galatina!     

First steps for the International Flight Training School