Trainer aircraft Pilatus set to make its Aero India debut


Aero India 2013, which is to be held in a months’ time at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, is expected to see quite a few aircraft making their debut at the air show. Among them will be the Pilatus IAF Basic Trainer Aircraft which will be inducted into the Indian Air Force later this year.

“The Pilatus will be present at Aero India 2013. At the show, a largescale model of the IAF PC-7 MkII basic trainer aircraft will be showcased in the company’s chalet,” Pilatus Aircraft Limited Officials told DNA. The single-engine turboprop aircraft IAF PC-7 MkII upon its induction into the air force will be used to train rookie pilots.

For the last couple of years, the Air Force’s training process at the entry level in the academies has affected as there has been no basic trainer. HPT-32 Deepak which had for decades serving as the basic trainer at the air force academy has been grounded after a crash in 2009. In place of the HPT-32 Deepak, rookie pilots are trained on the Kiran Mk II aircraft.

Following this, India had signed a contract with Switzerland based Pilatus Aircraft Limited for the delivery of 75 basic trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force. “The deliveries and handover of the first PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft to the Indian Air Force will commence in Q1 2013. The fast-tracked programme is well on schedule and the first IAF instructor pilots have already completed their aircraft conversion course in Switzerland with technician training to be carried out in early 2013,”added officials.

At Aero India 2013, which is to be held between February 6 and 10, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer will also have the turbine-powered business aircraft Pilatus PC-12 NG on static display. The Swiss aircraft manufacturer has sold more than PC-12 NG 1200 aircraft across the world and is sued for executive transport, cargo, air ambulance, airline and government special mission applications.

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