Final PC-7 MkII delivered to Indian Air Force

Pilatus Aircraft has handed over the 75th PC-7 MkII turboprop trainer to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, the Swiss company reported on Tuesday 10 November. The delivery is also the final under a contract singed between Pilatus and India on 24 May 2012. The introduction of the PC-7 MkII revolutionized basic pilot training for the Indian Air Force, Pilatus states.

The first trainer arrived in India in February 2013. Since then, the fleet has flown more than 40,000 hours and accumulated well over 80,000 landings. The PC-7 MkII enabled the IAF to increase the basic training syllabus in terms of flight hours by 220 percent compared to previous operations and also increase the solo content from 1 to 14 sorties.

Commenting on the delivery of the 75th aircraft with its “commemorative livery”, Jim Roche VP Government Aviation & Deputy CEO of Pilatus said: “We are extremely pleased to have completed delivery of all PC-7 MkII trainer aircraft well ahead of the original IAF schedule requirement. Delivering and supporting the IAF’s Basic Flight Training requirements has been a remarkable experience and we remain fully committed to supporting the fleet’s in-service operations with equal efficiency and competence.”

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Featured image (top): The 75th and final PC-7 MkII for the Indian Air Force over typical Swiss mountains. (Image © Pilatus Aircraft Ltd)