75th PC-7 MkII de­liv­ered to IAF

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The suc­cess­ful han­dover of the 75th Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII train­ing air­craft to the In­dian Air Force (IAF) at the Air Force Acad­emy in Dundi­gal marked the fi­nal air­craft de­liv­ery mile­stone un­der the con­tract be­tween Pi­la­tus and the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia’s Min­istry of De­fence which was signed on May 24, 2012.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the PC-7 MkII train­ing sys­tem has en­abled the IAF to rev­o­lu­tionise their ba­sic pi­lot train­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. The ar­rival of the first of 75 Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII air­craft in Fe­bru­ary 2013 sig­ni­fied the be­gin­ning of a new era for pi­lot train­ing in the IAF.

Jim Roche, Vice Pres­i­dent, Gov­ern­ment Avi­a­tion Busi­ness and Deputy CEO of Pi­la­tus, said: “We are ex­tremely pleased to have com­pleted de­liv­ery of all PC-7 MkII trainer air­craft well ahead of the orig­i­nal IAF sched­ule re­quire­ment. De­liv­er­ing and sup­port­ing the IAF’s ba­sic flight train­ing re­quire­ments has been a re­mark­able ex­pe­ri­ence and we re­main fully com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the fleet’s in-ser­vice oper­a­tions with equal ef­fi­ciency and com­pe­tence.”

The PC-7 MkII trainer air­craft has achieved some out­stand­ing per­for­mance bench­marks at Dundi­gal. Since the first de­liv­ery in Fe­bru­ary 2013, the PC-7 MkII fleet has flown more than 40,000 hours and ac­cu­mu­lated well over 80,000 land­ings.

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 pre­vi­ous oper­a­tions and also in­crease the solo con­tent from 1 to 14 sor­ties. The PC-7 MkII train­ing sys­tem has suc­cess­fully proven its ef­fec­tive­ness and val­i­dates the de­ci­sion by the IAF to op­er­ate the most ad­vanced ba­sic flight train­ing air­craft in the world—the PC-7 MkII.

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