Being both a military and aeronautical school, the French Air Force Academy trains all the officers of the French Air Force.
CURRICULUM. The French Air Force Academy develops:
- The aptitude for leadership, vital for the first operational deployment: composure, reflection, rigour, a sense of responsibility, availability, perseverance, true character and a taste for action.
- The aptitude for teamwork
- A sense of values: integrity, humility, ethics, service and courage.
These fundamental skills are developed through a combination of multi-disciplinary theoretical training and practical role-playing exercises which allow officers from the Academy to acquire the technical competence and human qualities to face the gamut of situations they will encounter throughout their operational career at all levels of responsibility.
The French Air Force Academy is a true aeronautical campus which aligns its training curriculum with the evolution
of technology while strengthening its ties with industry and research (ONERA-The French Aerospace Lab, The SAFE -Security and Aerospace actors for the Future of Earth- cluster and The PACA- Provence, Alpes, Cote d’Azur- regional
Campus for Aeronautical Trades and Qualifications…).
AIR FORCE ACADEMY XXI
The Air Force Academy XXI project aims at modernising officer training through an operational and individual approach
which caters to highly-valued airmen but still remains open to the other armed forces, business, national schools and
universities as well as the international community and civil society.
Officer training precedes operational preparation in accordance with the commitment of our armed forces. It must
allow officers to acquire competence in the aeronautical field but also to transmit ethical and moral values. Training thus
becomes the objective of strategic optimisation supported by heightened consideration for the degrees and experience
officers have already obtained.
The first part of the career is operational at the heart of the French Air Force.
The second part of the career involves holding positions of responsibility at air force or joint staff
headquarters, or in an inter-ministerial role.
FIGHTER PILOT.  Carrying out air missions in fighter squadrons, on an operational base (combat, dissuasion,
HELICOPTER PILOT. Fulfilling air missions in helicopters, in squadrons, mainland and overseas (Fennec, Puma,
Super Puma or Caracal…)
TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT PILOT. Fulfilling air missions onboard military transport aircraft (A400M, Transall, Hercules, Casa,
AWACS, Falcon, Airbus… )
WEAPON SYSTEMS OFFICER. Planning and carrying out tactical missions onboard aircraft (working as a team with the
pilot to carry out operational missions…)
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICER.Ensuring the surveillance, air traffic circulation regulation, checking and alerting within a
predefined air space, while working in the operations room within the air control centre…
INTELLIGENCE OFFICER.Advising teams, providing key information to first-level fighting units to support operational
planning. Preparing operational missions from initial exploiting of raw material to preparing
and presenting intelligence from a variety of sources…
SPECIAL FORCES OFFICER.In protection or intervention units: managing protection measures to protect air missions at
home or on overseas deployments…
ENGINEERING OFFICER (AS).Ensuring the repairs, maintenance and readiness of aircraft, weapons, computer as well as
communication systems …
INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICER.Managing a specialized team within an infrastructure unit for the building maintenance
and the management of existing and future buildings. Supervising preventive and corrective