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C-17 training starts in Oz


The RAAF has begun training student pilots for its new fleet of C-17As at home.

February 1: The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has begun training student pilots for its new fleet of C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft at its base at Amberley, near Ipswich in Queensland. Previously all pilots were trained in the US.

Two student pilots have begun Pilot Initial Qualification (PIQ) training with two more starting on February 15. Instructors from prime contractor Boeing Defence Australia will provide 350 hours of programmed training over 100 days, including 85 hours of computer-based training and 120 simulated flight hours with the C-17 Aircrew Training System (ATS). The ATS consists of a Loadmaster Station, Learning Centre, various support systems and a Weapons Systems Trainer (WST), a realistic, full-motion simulator used for pilot training.

Successful students will go straight to 36 Squadron, which operates the RAAF’s four C-17As from Amberley.

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