Meet the new class of IAF pilots

The Israeli Air Force has released statistics about the new class of pilots. The 165th class of pilots consists of new immigrants, former athletes, and four new female pilots

Date: 23/12/2012, 3:38 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The 165th class of pilots is slated to graduate the Israeli Air Force’s prestigious Flight School in the coming week. The elaborate ceremony will be attended by Minister of Defense Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. Ahead of the ceremony, the IAF has released some statistics about their newest additions.

The pilots come from a variety of backgrounds. 37% of the course’s graduates come from urban communities, 26% come from the suburbs, 23% from residential areas, and 13% from kibbutzim. 27% hail from the north, 63% from the center and 10% from the south. In addition, 13% of the graduating class were born outside of Israel.

The new class of pilots also includes four women, who are graduating from the fighter navigator course and the transport aircraft navigator course.

The pilots also studied a variety of subjects in high school. However, the majority came from math and science based programs of study. 74% of the graduating class took part in youth movements, one third of the class did a year of volunteer service before enlisting. Most graduates are 21 years old, however the oldest graduate is 25.

As a part of flight school, the pilots study and receive a degree from Ben Gurion University. 42% studied information systems, 37% studied economics and managements, 18% studied politics and government, while 3% studied computer science.