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

  • AFSOCs historic first PTN team takes flight

    For the first time in Air Force Special Operations Command history, two new graduates from the Air Education and Training Command’s Pilot Training Next (PTN), served as aircraft commander and co-pilot on a mission sortie.
  • Third class graduates Pilot Training Next

    The third iteration of Pilot Training Next conducted their third and final graduation Sept. 3, 2020 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The first four students graduated Aug. 13, 2020, the second group of four students graduated Aug. 21, 2020, and the final six students graduated Sept. 3, 2020.
  • Pilot Training Next celebrates first solo flights on 25th training day

    Pilot Training Next's third iteration marked a milestone as two students flew their first solos at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, Feb. 14, 2020.
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