Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Swiss-made aircraft to join training fleet at FIS

More than a dozen Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 Mk II – basic trainer aircraft are expected to join the training fleet at the Flying Instructors’ School (FIS) at the Air Force Station at Tambaram in a couple of months.

“The simulator training for the new basic trainer aircraft has commenced for senior pilots at an enclosure within the campus since June this year. The aircraft are expected to come to Tambaram in a couple of months,” an officer at FIS said.

The two-seater is expected to soon phase out Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-made Kiran (HJT-16) aircraft.

“Though several Pilatus PC-7 Mk II aircraft have already joined the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad for training, this is the first time the aircraft from Switzerland would be brought to Tambaram for training,” he said, adding the hangar to house the new trainer aircraft was being constructed.
23/09/15 Dennis S. Jesudasan/The Hindu
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