A promising, new primary trainer for flight schools and military forces is slowly getting where its makers want it to go. Having performed more than a month of flight tests, Brazil’s defence minister Celso Amorim visited the Novaer Craft’s T-Xc Pilgrim at São José dos Campos to personnally check on the progress made with the new aircraft.
Brazil sees the Pilgrim as its possible future primary trainer. Novaer sees the descendents of the prototype, registered as PP-ZKV, to fly on a worldwide market. Possible scenarios for the new machine according to its maker: an aero medical version suited for rescue and transportation in hostile regions or for harvesting of organs for transplant, a small load transporter or liaison aircraft to be used by the armed forces, a turboprop military trainer with ejection seats (T-Xc MTP), aside from the known civilian transport version (with ballistic parachute) and the primary-basic military trainer.
The design of the T-Xc was done by Joseph Kovács, who also draw the current T-25 trainer of the Brazilian Air Force, as well as Embraer’s EMB-312. Kovács based its T-Xc on the K-51 aerobatic aircraft, making the future primary trainer easy to handle. The first flight from São José dos Campos was on 22 August 2014.
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