Ft. Rucker Pilot Training Changes

In the past month, eight Army helicopters have been under fire resulting in engine failure or a forced landing.

Therefore, Ft. Rucker aviation instructors are using Iraq battlefield lessons to teach student pilots.

Some trainees go to combat shortly after graduation.

More than 1,100 pilots leave training with a wealth of knowledge.

Among that knowledge is the ability to navigate at night, which gives our troops an advantage.

“We own the night. Our troops will be trained to use the night goggles more and more so we'll change the tactics,” said Alabama Rep. Terry Everett.

Under the training program, which was implemented nearly two years ago at Fort Rucker, the Army produces pilots ready for combat missions.