BEIJING, July 5 (ChinaMil) -- The first batch of pilot cadets of the PLA Air Force, who are jointly cultivated by the Aviation University of the PLA Air Force (AUAF) and three other civilian universities, obtained their graduation and academic degree certificates on July 4.
The certificates were issued by the AUAF and Peking University, Tsinghua University and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA).
It is a pioneering practice for the PLA Air Force to recruit and cultivate pilot cadets jointly with civilian universities, which blazes a new trail in selecting and cultivating military pilots.
The AUAF began to recruit and cultivate pilot cadets in cooperation with Peking University, Tsinghua University and BUAA in 2012. A total of 87 students passed through examinations that year, among which 32 were enrolled in the Tsinghua University, 25 in Peking University and 30 in BUAA.
Four years later, each pilot cadet received a graduation certificate majoring in aircraft system and engineering and a bachelor's degree of engineering from the AUAF.
Besides that, they obtained graduation certificates either in the major of aviation science and technology from the Peking University, in the major of engineering mechanics and aerospace engineering from the Tsinghua University, or in the major of aircraft and design, aircraft power from the BUAA. They were awarded with a bachelor’s degree of engineering by their civilian universities respectively.
In addition to the public basic courses and professional aerospace engineering courses at their respective civilian universities, these pilot cadets also spent their summer vacations attending the compulsory military courses on subjects including parachuting, shooting and field survival training at the AUAF. In July of 2015, all of them came back to the AUAF to study aviation theory and receive flight training.
To date, these cadets have completed their training on primary trainers.
Among the 87 candidates, 53 succeeded to be pilots, accounting for 64 percent of the total. Five of them were named as elite cadets and 16 of them were tapped as excellent cadets. After completing their training on primary trainers, the 53 cadets will receive one-year advanced flight training.
As for the remaining 34 cadets who failed to pass the training on primary trainers, 32 have passed a joint examination organized by the PLA Air Force. They will graduate in mid July of 2016 and obtained their graduation and bachelor’s degree certificates from both military and civilian universities. They will be involved in ground services for the PLA Air Force after completing their one-year on-job training.