IAF be­gins Pi­la­tus PC-7 Mk II ba­sic flight train­ing course

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Pi­la­tus Air­craft Ltd has re­cently an­nounced that the first In­dian Air Force ba­sic flight train­ing course us­ing the PC-7 Mk II air­craft com­menced, as planned, on July 8, 2013, at the In­dian Air Force Acad­emy at Dundi­gal, Hyderabad.

The In­dian Air Force, the In­dian Min­istry of De­fence and Pi­la­tus have achieved this long-awaited and sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone as promised and on time.

More than 80 cadets will par­tic­i­pate in this first train­ing course. The re­sump­tion in ba­sic flight train­ing was achieved fol­low­ing de­liv­ery of the 14th PC-7 Mk II trainer air­craft in June 2013, within 14 months af­ter con­tract was signed.

In par­al­lel, Pi­la­tus has also pro­vided train­ing to In­dian Air Force main­te­nance per­son­nel and in­struc- tor pi­lots and has de­liv­ered a com­plete lo­gis­tics sup­port pack­age.

The PC-7 Mk II air­craft would be used for ba­sic train­ing of all pi­lots of the In­dian Air Force, in ad­di­tion to the pi­lots of the In­dian Navy and the Coast Guard. Till now this role was per­formed by the re­li­able but age­ing work­horse, the HJT-16 Ki­ran air­craft. Ready to re­ceive the new ba­sic trainer that will bring in a much awaited aug­men­ta­tion of IAF’s train­ing ca­pac­ity, a com­pre­hen­sive in­fra­struc­ture up­grade is al­ready un­der­way at the Air Force Acad­emy.

A to­tal of 75 air­craft have been con­tracted from Pi­la­tus, Switzer­land. The pro­cure­ment of PC-7 Mk II was ap­proved by the govern­ment in May 2012 and the first batch of PC-7 Mk II ar­rived at the Acad­emy in Fe­bru­ary this year as part of an ac­cel­er­ated in­duc­tion plan. The first batch of flight cadets would start their train­ing on PC-7 Mk II from July on­wards.

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