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Confirmed: Australia chooses Lockheed/Pilatus PC-21

Lockheed Martin and Swiss Pilatus Aircraft joint bid – together with Hawker Pacific – to supply the Royal Australian Air Force with a new basic trainer has finally had its confirmed success.

Canberra confirmed on Sunday 6 September that it has choosen this “Team 21” to deliver 49 new Pilatus-designed PC-21 turboprop aircraft to replace the aging PC-9/A fleet of Training Command’s Central Flying School at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria and the 2 Flight Training School at RAAF Pearce. Both bases will likely manage a fleet of 22 aircraft, with 5 additional PC-21s used for testing and as a reserve.

Officially the Australian government still calls Team 21’s bid “the preferred choice”, but nobody doubts that when the details of the deal have been worked out another plane would be choosen. The choice seems to mark the end of 4 Squadron flying the PC-9/As out of RAAF Williamtown and which is not mentioned in the modernisation program. Currently Williamtown helps putting the 63 aircraft strong PC-9/A fleet in the air.

A RAAF PC-9/A and RSAF PC-21 together near RAAF Pearce in October 2008 (Image © FLTLT Ray Hurley / CFTS Pearce / Commonwealth of Australia)
A RAAF PC-9/A and RSAF PC-21 together near RAAF Pearce in October 2008 (Image © FLTLT Ray Hurley / CFTS Pearce / Commonwealth of Australia)

Already in May there seemed no other option left than the PC-21, which clearly won from the BAE Systems, Beechcraft and CAE Australia counter-bid to bring the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II into the RAAF’s ranks.

Australia has had a taste of the PC-21 already, since the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Basic Wings Course (BWC) program has been running at RAAF Pearce for eight years now as part of a 20-year program, with the RSAF having a total of 19 PC-21s on strength. Hawker Pacific and Switzerland’s Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, are principal subcontractors to Lockheed Martin, the training systems integrator.

The first pair of Royal Australian Air Force PC-21s is expected in 2017.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: A Pilatus PC-21 presenting itself against the typical landmarks of Sydney, Australia (Image © Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.)

Pilatus PC-9 for Royal Jordanian Air Force

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has signed a contract for the purchase of nine PC-9M training aircraft, Swiss company Pilatus announced on Monday 10 August. The order also includes a simulator, training equipment and a comprehensive logistics support package.

Keen to modernise its pilot training facilities, the RJAF has opted for the Pilatus PC-9M for basic and advanced pilot training. The order was only awarded after several years of hard negotiations, from which the PC-9M finally emerged as the winner. The RJAF now uses the Slingsby T-67 Firefly for basic flight training and the CASA C-101 jet trainer for advanced training. Both operate for Mafraq airbase, home of the RJAF King Hussein Air College.

Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Pilatus, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome the Royal Jordanian Air Force as a new member of the Pilatus family. I am equally happy that Pilatus won the deal against several other international competitors and that, in the final round, the Royal Jordanian Air Force chose our PC-9 M over all other aircraft.”

Source: Pilatus
Featured image (top): A factory demonstrator PC-9 over the Swiss Alps. (Image © Pilatus Aircraft)

Omani training too lucrative for Croatian pilots

Just last week, Airheadsfly.com reported about Omani pilots getting successfully trained by the Croatian Air Force on Pilatus PC-9s. But now, the training is proving perhaps a bit too successful – for the Croatian instructor pilots, that is. Six of them have resigned to start working for the Royal Air Force of Oman, the Croatian Ministry of Defense has confirmed.

The instructor pilots are also part of six PC-9 strong Croatian Air Force demonstration team Wings of Storm, regularly seen across Europe. Croatian media described the resignation of the pilots as ‘a serious blow’ to the nation’s defense.

And somehow, at Airheadsfly.com we think we won’t see Omani students in Croatia anymore anytime soon.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: The Pilatus PC-9s form the Croatian Wings of Storm display team. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

New Oman Air Force pilots start on Pilatus in Croatia

The Croatian Air Force Training Centre at 93. Air Force and Air Defence Base in Zemunik started flight training on the Pilatus PC-9M of the second group of Royal Air Force of Oman pilots on 26 February 2015.

Twelve student-pilots and one Oman flight instructor are participating in this second rotation on the Pilatus, two months after the first group successfully finished its training.

The program has five major modules: fundamental and acrobatic, navigation, instrument, night and group flying, plus a combination of all. Target is to prepare the Oman military pilots to move on to their future operational flying units.

Source: Croatian Ministry of Defence
Featured image (top) Thumbs up for this Royal Air Force of Oman student-pilot in a Croatian Air Force PC-9M (Image © M. Karačić / HRZ i PZO)

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)

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)