STDS/QC - Shell | We Set the Standard

Our mission in the STDS/QC (Standards / Quality Control) section at Shell is to initially train flight instructors. We train active Army, Department of the Army Civilians, and our Instructors to the highest possible standard so that we can continue to support the worldís greatest Army Aviation Fighting Force.

Our goal is to produce the most highly skilled instructor possible. Then hone and maintain that cutting edge to equip the instructor to train the students to war fighting readiness in individual tasks and lay the Aviation Warrior foundation to help deliver to the field units an Aviator ready for crew integration.

  • Number of Training Days: 39
  • Hours of Instruction (Contact): 22 with a 2.0 Flight Evaluation, total stage hours 24 flight hours
  • Hours of Instruction (Tactics): 19 with a 1.9 Flight Evaluation, total stage hours 21.1 flight hours
  • Number of Exams: One, Emergency and Limitations test with possible no-notice quizzes.
  • Total course hours: 45.1


Instruction Overview
Flight Support Subjects

This training allows the instructor pilot candidate to be both the student and the instructor. The candidate is trained to teach limitations/emergency procedures, rotary wing aerodynamics, aero-medical factors, Basic Warfighter Skills which consist of Tactic map preparation, Tactical Terrain Flight Mission Planning, Tactical Communication, Fundamentals of Reconnaissance, Fundamentals of Security, and Aircrew Coordination.
  • Emergency procedures/limitations – as related to the aircraft
  • Aerodynamics - as related to the aircraft
  • Tactical Terrain Flight Mission Planning – the tactical planning and preparation necessary to properly employ Army Aviation on the battlefield.
  • Tactical Communication – proper use and operation of avionics equipment in communicating tactical information to the commander while overcoming challenges on the modern battlefield.
  • Fundamentals of Reconnaissance – the gathering of information on which the commander can base plans, decisions and issue orders. Fundamentals of Security – are conducted to gather information about the enemy and to provide early warning, reaction time, maneuver space and protection for the military force. Aircrew Coordination – The interaction between crewmembers (communication) and the actions necessary for flight tasks to be performed efficiently, effectively, and safely, and various other flight support subjects