Spain receives first Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft

Spain receives first Pilatus PC21
Pilatus and Spanish Air Force pilots stand in front of the first PC-21 aircraft delivered to Spain, at the San Javier air base.

Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus announced on Tuesday that it has delivered the first two PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft to Spain. The aircraft landed in the afternoon at the San Javier air base, Murcia, flown by two pilots of the company with two pilots of the Spanish Air Force in the back seats.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense, through the Directorate General of Armaments and Materials (DGAM), will shortly deliver the aircraft to the Spanish Air Force, the Ejército del Aire, to be integrated into the 792 Squadron, the Basic Training School in the Spanish Air Force Academy, based in San Javier. Pilatus will deliver a total of 24 PC-21s to Spain by June 2022, taking the training of air force pilots to a cutting-edge level.

Brigadier General of the Air Force León-Antonio Machés, DGAM (Ministerio de Defensa de España) Deputy Director General of Programs commented at the handover: “We are very pleased to be able to integrate such an advanced training system. Not only will the PC-21 revolutionise our pilot training and take it to a whole new level, it will also allow us to reduce the cost of our pilot training.”

André Zimmermann, VP Government Aviation at Pilatus, added: “We’re delighted that the first PC-21 in the national colours will take to the Spanish skies as of now. Spain – a renowned and highly professional air force – is already the third air force in Europe to have opted for the world’s most advanced training system and we are confident that others will follow Spain’s example.”

The Spanish Air Force will launch its first PC-21 training course in September 2022. The Swiss-made aircraft will replace the old CASA C-101 jet.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: Pilatus Aircraft

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