Balashovskoye VVAUL: How pilots of military transport aviation were trained in the USSR

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Balashovskoye VVAUL: How pilots of military transport aviation were trained in the USSR

Balashov Higher Military aviation The VTA pilot school in the days of the USSR was deservedly called elite. Real professionals were trained here, who could operate a winged vehicle in any conditions, including the failure of navigation equipment.

It is worth noting that the training in the Balashovsky VVAUL was quite tough. High requirements were set here both in relation to study and physical training.



Cadets could be expelled from the school not only for poor academic performance, but also for not passing the standard for physical training. On average, with an initial recruitment of just over 300 people, less than 200 graduates became graduates.

However, it was not so easy to get into Balashovskoye VVAUL. The best in studies and the healthiest young people from all over the country were accepted here, and up to 20 people could apply for one place.

The cadets lived in the barracks. The course of study included both special subjects and general education.

In the first year, future pilots studied the basics and made a "raid" on the simulator up to 16 hours. Already on the second, the cadets sat at the helm of the aircraft and performed the simplest flights with an instructor. Flight time was about 70 hours.

In the third year, students of the Balashov VVAUL performed flights with imitation of emergency situations, such as an engine or navigation equipment failure. Already on the fourth, the cadets sat at the helm of the 3rd class aircraft.

For comparison, in civilian flight schools, a graduate sat at the controls of a 4th class aircraft, and the flight time for the entire training period was 100-110 hours.

Graduates of the Balashovsky VVAUL, who did not continue their military training, sat at the helm of the Il-76. The total number of hours that the cadets of the school spent at the helm of the aircraft during training reached 210-240.

About the techniques that instructors used to train pilots in the video:

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  1. +2
    3 March 2023 11: 46
    And in AVVAUL they prepared the best fighters in the USSR soldier
    1. +1
      3 March 2023 13: 55
      The best fighters were trained in BVVAUL soldier
      https://topwar.ru/21467-borisoglebskoe-vysshee-voennoe-aviacionnoe-uchilische-letchikov-im-vpchkalova-ot-triumfa-do-shtopora-specialnyy-reportazh-zhurnalistov-vo.html
    2. +2
      3 March 2023 23: 55
      From which personnel were often chosen for the detachments of test pilots. Although there was a jamb there. You overlooked it, Belenko.
  2. +2
    3 March 2023 11: 53
    Balashovskoye VVAUL: How pilots of military transport aviation were trained in the USSR

    And how is it prepared in the Russian Federation? winked
    1. +3
      3 March 2023 12: 15
      In the same place in Balashov, it is now a branch of the Krasnodar Higher Aviation School of Pilots. Serov.
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  4. +3
    3 March 2023 23: 45
    Cool guys were produced in Balashovo. Masters. It’s a pity that the reformers cut the school, something was in their drawbar!
  5. +1
    4 March 2023 18: 08
    "prestigious", because the BTA pilot = ready-made civilian highly paid specialty, just get out of the army.
    And service in the BTA is incomparably more pleasant than in all other branches of aviation.
  6. 0
    7 March 2023 10: 01
    Thanks to Mr. Puin for our aviation!
  7. -1
    8 March 2023 08: 37
    Not elite, but thieves. Otherwise, no better and no worse than other VVAULs. I understand that for each graduate their own school is the best, but to write such heresy, like in Balashov they trained super-pilots, and other schools are so, second-rate, very presumptuous.
  8. -1
    8 March 2023 13: 34
    Quote from: FoBoss_VM
    And in AVVAUL they prepared the best fighters in the USSR soldier

    The best IA pilots in the USSR were trained in Kacha and Chernigov. Namely IA, not IBA, not SHA, not FBA and not air defense interceptors.

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