Beechcraft reaches 800th de­liv­ery in T-6 mil­i­tary trainer pro­gramme


Beechcraft De­fense Com­pany has de­liv­ered the 800th Beechcraft T-6 – the most proven and cost-ef­fec­tive mil­i­tary train­ing air­craft. The mile­stone air­craft was among two Beechcraft T-6Bs de­liv­ered this week to the United States Navy’s Train­ing Air Wing 4 based at Naval Air Sta­tion Cor­pus Christi, Texas. Train­ing Air Wing 4 has now re­ceived 16 of a to­tal of 98 T-6Bs sched­uled to re­place an aged fleet of T-34 air­craft for pri­mary flight train­ing.

“As many mil­i­tary pro­grammes have al­ready dis­cov­ered, the Beechcraft T-6B will en­able the US Navy to train naval avi­a­tors at Cor­pus Christi more ef­fi­ciently, more ef­fec­tively and safer than ever be­fore,” said Russ Bartlett, Pres­i­dent, Beechcraft De­fense Com­pany. “Reach­ing the 800-air­craft mile­stone proves the ver­sa­til­ity and dura­bil­ity of the Beechcraft T-6 trainer pro­gramme world­wide. Mil­i­tary pro­grammes around the globe have ac­cu­mu­lated more than 2 mil­lion flight hours us­ing the T-6 to train pi­lots, nav­i­ga­tors and weapons sys­tems op­er­a­tors.”

The Beechcraft T-6B features an in­te­grated glass cock­pit and an ad­vanced Ester­line CMC Cock­pit 4000 avion­ics suite that greatly ex­pands ad­vanced train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The sys­tems are in­te­grated with a hands-on throt­tle and stick (HOTAS), pro­vid­ing the stu­dent pi­lot and in­struc­tor with a sim­pler in­ter­face to the dig­i­tal cock­pit. The CMC Cock­pit 4000 avion­ics suite is the first in its class to in­cor­po­rate a fully in­te­grated and FAA-cer­ti­fied dual FMS/ GPS nav­i­ga­tion suite that meets the re­quired nav­i­ga­tion per­for­mance stan­dards for cur­rent world­wide airspace equip­ment. The open ar­chi­tec­ture de­sign of the Cock­pit 4000 pro­vides the flex­i­bil­ity to ex­pand ca­pa­bil­i­ties and con­tin­u­ously meet cur­rent and fu­ture train­ing needs.

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