Flying Course

Course objectives.

The TLP COMAO Flying Course aims to improve the tactical leadership skills and flying capabilities of front line fighter mission commanders, to improve the tactical interoperability of NATO Air Forces through exposure to tactics and capabilities of other air forces and to provide a flying laboratory for tactical employment concepts.
The course also enables a free exchange of information on weapons, tactics and capabilities between the participating nations. By providing an environment that encourages the discussion and development of multi-national tactics, participants find the best way to employ the differing aircraft capabilities of the multi-national forces in Composite Air Operations (COMAO).

Course syllabus

During each course, a building block approach is used to progress the crews through 15 carefully structured sorties. These sorties are aimed at challenging the participants to develop the tactical leadership skills necessary to plan, brief, fly, and debrief fully integrated multi-national formations. Each day a different crew leads the others through all phases of missions that grow in complexity during the course. Missions will be flown from Albacete and we will use both overland and overseas training areas. Long range missions may use air to air refueling and use adjacent nation’s airspace. Therefore, a wide range of terrain targets are available.
Twice a year TLP includes Night Operations within the flying course programme. The objective is to practice COMAO operations at night and experience the different challenges that planning and operating at night presents to aircrew.

The TLP COMAO Flying Course syllabus is not releasable to the internet, please contact TLP to obtain a copy through authorized channels.

Course length and start/finish of course.

The TLP COMAO Flying Course begins on Monday of the first scheduled course week. Nominal course duration is twenty-six (26) days. Actual course length may be adjusted to account for concurrent flying/academic courses and/or Spanish national or regional holidays, instructor availability and other TLP requirements that may disrupt course continuity.

Course target audience.

The TLP COMAO Flying Course aims to educate tactical fast jet aircrews in the joint environment of COMAO. The lectures and missions are designed for the junior tactical aircrew or individuals with limited COMAO experience, typically at the senior First Lieutenant / young Captain (OF-1/2) level with more than 500 flight hours on type / in role.
The logical progression of the TLP course attendance is the COMAO Support Course, followed by the COMAO Course and finally the COMAO Flying Course.
The secondary target audience is support personnel likely to be involved in a COMAO in the future, including intelligence officers, fighter controllers and C2ISR operators.

Course composition.

The maximum number of participants for a flying course is as follows: 24 jets (12 pairs) with their respective aircrews, 5 GCI/C2ISR participants and 6 INTEL participants. Slot allocation will be coordinated during the annual Scheduling Conference for the following calendar year.

Flying course application process

If you wish to apply for this course, please follow the MoU nation planning / bidding process as outlined in the TLP MoU and PoO.

For non TLP MoU nations or individuals please identify the date of the next TLP Scheduling Conference (reference to TLP calendar) and send a representative to participate in the Planning process.

Short notice requests (especially Red Air / Support assets) can be forwarded to the TLP Mission Coordinator through the TLP contact email as provided on this website. ()

Joining instructions

Once participation is confirmed after the annual Steering Group conference / by MC, the Detachment Commanders need to request the Flying Course Welcome package from
Other useful documents can be found in the Flying course download section.

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