If this might be you, click here for more information.Like a standard plank, except supported on your forearms.The use of a dedicated trainer aircraft with additional safety features—such as tandem flight controls, forgiving flight characteristics and a simplified cockpit arrangement—allows pilots-in-training to safely advance their real-time piloting, navigation and warfighting skills without the danger of overextending their abilities alone in a fully featured aircraft.Civilian pilots are normally trained in a light aircraft, with two or more seats to allow for a student and instructor.The side-by-side seating configuration has the advantage that pilot and instructor can see each other's actions, allowing the pilot to learn from the instructor and the instructor to correct the student pilot.The tandem configuration has the advantage of being closer to the normal working environment that a fast jet pilot is likely to encounter.In operational training the candidate learns to use his or her flying skills through simulated combat, attack and fighter techniques.Typically, contemporary military pilots learn initial flying skills in a light aircraft not too dissimilar from civilian training aircraft.
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It is now the norm for pilots to begin their flight training in an aircraft with side by side seating and to progress to aircraft with tandem seating. For example, it was usual to find tandem seating in biplane basic trainers such as the Tiger Moth and the Jungmann, and the British used side by side seating in the operational conversion of some of its fast jets such as the English Electric Lightning.
Given the expense of military pilot training, air forces typically conduct training in phases to eliminate unsuitable candidates.
The aircraft may be modified to withstand the flight conditions imposed by training flights.
The two seating configurations for trainer aircraft are: pilot and instructor side by side, or in tandem, usually with the pilot in front and the instructor behind.