Dr Al Allsop – part of a team from the Inzpire company embedded in No 29 Squadron, Royal Air Force – has become one of the first people to fly the Typhoon as an RAF reservist.
Al Alsop is currently going through the Typhoon refresher training syllabus with No 29 Squadron, the service’s Operational Conversion Unit (OCU). Once this is complete, he will become a qualified flying instructor (QFI) on the unit, stationed at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. His role will include planning, briefing and executing training flights as an instructor for Typhoon students on the OCU. He will also be able to run debriefs for the students and provide synthetic instruction to OCU students.
Al’s day-to-day role is as Control-of-the-Air Expert, part of an Inzpire team embedded on No 29 Squadron who provide training to the RAF’s future qualified weapons instructors (QWIs). His everyday involvement in frontline military exercises ensures that his skillset and knowledge is current, meaning that the expertise he will be passing on to students in his role reservist Typhoon instructor is as relevant as possible in line with current operational needs.
Al Alsop joined the RAF in 1992 and his roles have included instructing on Hawks at RAF Valley, Wales, in the Harrier and finally the Typhoon. He was latterly an instructor and flight commander for the Royal Saudi Air Force Training Flight and the executive officer on No XI (Fighter) Squadron.
Al Allsop said: “I am excited to be able to use my 25 years of flying experience to give something back to the next generation of combat pilots. I am confident that the experiences and education I have gained in my civilian role can provide a valuable and complementary skillset to assist the Typhoon Force.”
Al Whittle, Inzpire Chief Operating Officer, added: “In this important milestone year for the RAF as it celebrates its centenary, Inzpire is proud and honoured to support the Typhoon Force by agreeing to one of our many talented employees, Dr Al Allsop flying as a part-time reservist on Typhoon. Around 80% of Inzpire employees are recruited from the forces, having served long and distinguished careers, and they remain proud and committed to continuing to serve their countries – Dr Al is a perfect example of this.”
See the June issue for an exclusive oversight of last year’s second Exercise Cobra Warrior, detailing how Inzpire works within No 92 Squadron in a prime expression of the RAF’s ‘Whole Force’ approach.