Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is pleased to announce that the first Indian Air Force Basic Flight Training course using the PC-7 MkII 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 fourteenth PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft in June 2013, fourteen months after contract signature.
In parallel, Pilatus has also provided training to Indian Air Force maintenance personnel and instructor pilots and has delivered a complete logistics support package.
The Pilatus team wishes the instructors and cadets at the Air Force Academy Dundigal, who are taking part in this first course, much success. Pilatus is confident that the introduction of the PC-7 MkII into the Indian Air Force training system will prove itself to be an extremely capable, safe and reliable training platform.
Pilatus looks forward to continuing deliveries of the 75 PC-7 MkII training aircraft to the Indian Air Force and in supporting the aircraft for the coming years.