IAF Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII fleet clocks record per­for­mance


The In­dian Air Force (IAF) PC-7 MkII fleet has notched up com­mend­able mile­stones even as train­ing on the PC-7 MkII pro­ceeds apace at the IAF train­ing cen­tre at Dundi­gal. The PC-7 MkII fleet has achieved more than 12,000 fly­ing hours and ac­cu­mu­lated well over 24,000 land­ings, since the first de­liv­ery of the new ba­sic trainer air­craft (BTA) to the IAF in Fe­bru­ary 2013.

This sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment demon­strates the out­stand­ing per­for­mance of the new PC-7 MkII train­ing plat­form and the ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the IAF and Pi­la­tus Air­craft Ltd in main­tain­ing and op­er­at­ing a highly re­li­able BTA. As of April, less than two years af­ter con­tract sig­na­ture, the IAF has taken de­liv­ery of 35 PC-7 MkII air­craft and the re­main­ing 40 air­craft are be­ing flown-in on a monthly ba­sis un­der the ac­cel­er­ated de­liv­ery sched­ule.

Due to the ex­cel­lent en­durance, low main­te­nance and re­li­a­bil­ity of the PC-7 MkII air­craft, the IAF sup­ported by Pi­la­tus has been able to main­tain a very high avail­abil­ity rate on the flight line since the in­tro­duc­tion of the new plat­form. Thanks to this, the IAF is al­ready plan­ning to ad­vance their plans to en­hance the num­ber of stu­dent pi­lots by 150 per cent from the next course as they are con­fi­dent that the PC-7 MkII will con­tinue to mea­sure up to their re­quire­ments and ex­pec­ta­tions.

Fur­ther­more, the PC-7 MkII has en­abled the IAF to in­crease the ba­sic train­ing syl­labus in terms of flight hours by 220 per cent com­pared to the old syl­labus and in­crease the solo con­tent from only one to 14 sor­ties.

In March this year an­other sig­nif­i­cant project mile­stone took place. The first PC-7 MkII fixed base full mis­sion sim­u­la­tor be­came op­er­a­tional at Dundi­gal with a sec­ond sim­u­la­tor and additional ground-based train­ing sys­tems due to be in­stalled by the end of 2014. Pi­la­tus re­mains firmly com­mit­ted to serv­ing the IAF with its renowned ded­i­ca­tion to Swiss pre­ci­sion and qual­ity, through de­liv­er­ing and sup­port­ing the most ad­vanced ba­sic flight train­ing tur­bo­prop trainer in the world – the Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII.

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