Milestones for Indian Pilatus PC-7 MkII

Two Indian Air Force Pilatus PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft caught in mid flight. (Image © Pilatus Aircraft Ltd)

The Indian Air Force PC-7 MkII fleet has notched up 12,000 flying hours and accumulated well over 24,000 landings at the Indian Air Force training centre at Dundigal Airbase since deliveries began in February last year. Pilatus mentioned the milestones in a 8 May 2014 press release.

According to the Swiss aircraft manufacturer, the numbers demonstrate the performance of the PC-7 MkII training platform and the co-operation between the Indian Air Force and Pilatus in maintaining and operating a reliable basic trainer aircraft.

As of April, less than two years after contract signature, the Indian Air Force took delivery of 35 PC-7 MkII aircraft and the remaining 40 aircraft are being flown-in on a monthly basis under an accelerated delivery schedule.

The Indian Air Force is able to maintain a high availability rate on the flight line since the introduction of the new trainer. Plans to raise the number of student pilots by 150 percent are in the works, as the Indians are confident that the PC-7 MkII will provide the capacity. Furthermore according to Pilatus, the PC-7 MkII has enabled the Indian Air Force to increase the basic training syllabus in terms of flight hours by 220 percent compared to the old syllabus and increase the solo content from only 1 to 14 sorties.

Also, the first PC-7 MkII Fixed Base Full Mission Simulator became operational at Dundigal this March, with a second simulator and additional Ground-Based Training Systems due to be installed by the end of this year.

Source: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd

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