The 476th vFG has both required and optional training. All accepted applicants, trainees, receive an initial Training Pilot (TP) rating. Each trainee is required to complete both Initial Qualification Training (IQT) and Mission Qualification Training (MQT) with a Q or Q- rating prior to being granted full membership access. For a detailed breakdown of the 476th vFG's Pilot's Training Program see below.
The 476th vFG is currently using a classless structure for both IQT and MQT courses. This allows trainees to move at their own learning pace, although all trainees are given a maximum of 4 months to complete IQT/MQT (1.5 months for IQT and 2.5 months for MQT). When accepted, trainees will be given an orientation and provided access to training materials. Trainees are expected to read the materials on their own, meet with and ask questions of training pilots for any needed clarity, and practice as much as possible before scheduling a checkride with an Instructor Pilot. Additionally, it is anticipated that trainees will spend lots of time in Teamspeak speaking with trainers to gain an understanding of the concepts they’ve read about, in addition to flying with trainers and other members.
Specific requirements and evaluation checklists are available in 476th vFG OI 476-02, 476th vFG Aircrew Training.