Up in the air. On board a Croatian Air Force PC-9M on 6 June 2013 (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)

Omani pilots succeed on Pilatus PC-9 Croatia

A dozen pilots of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) successfully completed their flight training on Croatian PC-9M aircraft at Zemunik Airbase in Zadar on 18 December 2014, the Croatian Ministry of Defence confirmed on 19 December 2014.

Zemunik is also known as 93. Air Force Base and Air Defence and the Croatian Air Force Training Centre. There are four flying units based at the location: the Transport Helicopter Squadron with the Mil Mi-8MTV-1, the Firefighting Squadron with the AirTractor AT-802s and Bombardier (Canadair) CL-415s, the Helicopter Training Squadron with the Bell 206B and the Fixed-Wing Aircraft Squadron with the Zlin 242L and the Pilatus PC-9M.

According to visiting Omani officials the training of new pilots might continue at Zemunik, once a new group of aspirant-pilots is formed.

The Omani pilots are likely to continue their training back home at Masirah Airbase. After familiarization on the PC-9Ms of 1 Squadron there, they are likely to move up to the British Aerospace Hawk 103s of 6 Squadron.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

Proud Royal Air Force of Oman pilots pose in front of a Croatian PC-9M after succesfully completing flight training at Zemunik Airbase (Image © M. Karačić / HRZ-i-PZO)
Proud Royal Air Force of Oman pilots pose in front of a Croatian PC-9M after succesfully completing flight training at Zemunik Airbase (Image © M. Karačić / HRZ-i-PZO)
Up in the air. On board a Croatian Air Force PC-9M on 6 June 2013  (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
Up in the air. On board a Croatian Air Force PC-9M on 6 June 2013 (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
A Croatian Air Force PC-9M spotted from the Zlin 242L (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
A Croatian Air Force PC-9M spotted from the Zlin 242L (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
A Croatian Air Force PC-9M spotted from the Zlin 242L (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
A Croatian Air Force PC-9M spotted from the Zlin 242L (Image © M. Karačić, I. Lukan, R.Ribarić / MORH)
The Pilatus PC-9s form the Croatian Wings of Storm display team. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
The Pilatus PC-9s form the Croatian Wings of Storm display team. (Image © Elmer van Hest)