About PTN

Pilot Training Next (PTN) is part of Air Education and Training Command’s initiative to “reimagine” how we deliver learning to Airmen.

PTN focuses on how Airmen learn and uses emerging technology to train them better, faster and foster deeper learning.

Technologies include virtual reality, artificial intelligence and data analytics, which can be tailored to the training environment and individual student.

PTN offers students the opportunity to learn in a collaborative, learner-centric environment, in line with AETC’s redesigned Continuum of Learning model.

 

Capt. Ray Stone (right), Pilot Training Next instructor pilot, and 2nd Lt. Naji Bseiso, PTN student, go over flying procedures prior to a training mission at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, Feb. 5, 2019. The current PTN class is comprised of 26 students, including 16 active duty officer students (six of whom are participating in a remotely-piloted aircraft only track), two Air National Guard officers, two U.S. Navy officers, one Royal Air Force officer, and five enlisted Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)
Airman First Class Shane Stewart, Pilot Training Next student, trains on a virtual reality flight simulator at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, Texas, Feb. 5, 2019. The instruction in this second version is shaped from the success of and lessons learned from the first PTN program, where 13 officers graduated in June 2018 and progressed to advanced training across multiple platforms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)
Students from the second iteration of Pilot Training Next on the flight line at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Aug. 19, 2019. PTN is Air Education and Training Command’s experimental program with a focus on understanding how Airmen learn, as well as exploring and potentially prototyping a flying training environment that integrates various technologies to produce pilots in an accelerated- and learning-focused manner.
Pilot Training Next students pose for a group photo after graduation from the learning experiment's second iteration with Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, August 29, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. PTN is a program to explore and potentially prototype a training environment that integrates various technologies to produce pilots in an accelerated, cost efficient, learning-focused manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)

PTN News

  • USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits Det. 24, Pilot Training Next

    Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, United States Air Forces Europe and United States Air Forces Africa commander, visited Detachment 24 and Pilot Training Next to learn more about how AETC is exploring and prototyping a pilot training environment that integrates various technologies to produce pilots in a learning-focused manner.
  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" explores Pilot Training Next 2.0

    The fifth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released March 18. In the episode, Lt. Col. Paul Vicars, the director of Pilot Training Next, sits down to discuss the second iteration of AETC’s innovative and experimental approach to learning, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport.
  • PTN innovations moving to undergraduate pilot training

    Beginning May 31, 2019, flying training wings will formally begin integrating innovations from Pilot Training Next into the undergraduate pilot training curriculum,19th Air Force officials announced at the PTN Technology Expo held here March 12-13. Taking lessons learned and data derived from technology use during PTN, the idea is to blend those training approaches and content into the syllabi for specific T-1 Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon aircraft flights at UPT wings to accelerate student learning and build better aviators for the future.
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