The Philippine Air Force Flying School is
the "Air Force Academy of the Philippines". Located at the pine-tree
claded Fernando Air Base in Lipa City Batangas province. It is also the
home of the 100th Training Wing, the unit responsible in training all
future Philippine Air Force personell. Officers and enlisted men alike.
Unlike the PMA, the PAFFS composed of two types of student body. The
student/officers and the avaition cadets. All "top gun" dreamers. Like
the PMA it too went coed when 2 female student/officers graduated from
the country's premier school for military avaition.
Avaition cadets trained for 26 months to undergo Undergraduate Pilot
Training. They will undergo Basic Military Training (BMT) on the first 5
months and are dubbed as "dodo" cadets, similar to the PMA plebe. There
they will first taste the rudiments of military life. After which they
will go on and learn more about airmanship. Ab initio training is
undertaken under the guidance of the 101st Training Squadron on the
Cessna T-41D Mescarelo where students will undergo 70 hours of flying
training before proceeding to the 102nd Training Squadron for a further
130 hours on the SAIA-Marchetti SF.260TP. Avaition cadets will then
graduate and earned a commission as an officer of the Armed Forces of
the Philippines - Philippine Air Force.