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PIA Press Release
Saturday, September 24, 2011


PAF boosts capability, ready for modernization

FERNANDO AIRBASE, Lipa City, Batangas, September 24 (PIA) ---Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General Lt. Gen. Oscar H. Rabena led the presentation of completed delivery of 18 units of SF-260 Trainer planes from Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A., during the recent 12th Founding Anniversary of Air Education and Training Command in Fernando Airbase

The acquisition of 18 Basic Trainer Aircraft is a modest modernization for the Philippine Air Force and a big boost for PAF’s capability to train PAF pilots.

The increase in the number of SF-260FH fleet and positive changes made in improving the training curriculum for pilot training will further enhance and develop pilots professionally and keep them up to date with the changing times and advancements of technology in accordance with the Philippine Air Force’s thrusts in contributing to peace and development of our country.

Dubbed as the perfect screener, the SF-260 FH is used in other countries to select potential candidates to progress to high performance aircraft.

In the Philippines, the current Pilot Training System of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), designed to satisfy our requirements, utilizes T41D for this role. Aviation students advance to the SF-260FH --where training students are taught various types of maneuvers and techniques of flying involving greater speed and attention to details while subjected to higher level of G-force -- after satisfying the requirements in the T-41D.

Once graduated, quality and competent pilots are expected to operate the air assets of the Air Force and perform various missions related to rescue operations, security, and other support functions to peace and national development. (PAF/PIA-Batangas)

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