Story by U.S. Air Force Cpt. Agneta Murnan
438th Air Expeditionary Wing
NATO Air Training Command – Afghanistan, Public Affairs
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan
Students of the Afghan Air Force’s Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 12-03 completed their first Cessna 208B flights December 30, 2012 at Shindand Air Base, western Afghanistan, marking the start of the second phase of UPT for the second such class taking place in country after more than 30 years.
Building on flight training in the Cessna 182 and further academic and simulator training, this phase of UPT includes general aircraft handling techniques, navigation, crew training and has a significant emphasis on instrument flying. The five students are slated to complete 81 hours of academics, 34 simulator sessions (51 hours) and 56 sorties (84 hours). All together these pilot candidates are scheduled to receive over 216 hours of professional instruction from the Coalition men and women of the 444th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, within NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan.
The class includes Afghanistan’s first female fixed wing trainee, and the group is scheduled to graduate in the early summer of 2013. After earning their wings, the students will then transition to a C-208 Initial Qualification Training course for fixed wing operational missions throughout Afghanistan.
With increasing aircrew course capacity at Shindand Air Base, other classes just ahead or in session are below. The Afghan Air Force and the NATO Air Training-Command are also currently focused on the concurrent development of Afghan instructor aircrew.
• In Mi-17 helicopter: Initial Qualification Training Class 91-03: 6 pilots, 6 flight engineers, and 10 aerial gunners slated to graduate February 2013
• In Mi-17 helicopter: Initial Qualification Training Class 91-04: 6 pilots, 6 flight engineers, and 10 aerial gunners starts February 2013. Class enrollment includes two female helicopter pilots recently graduated from the United States.
• In Cessna 182 fixed wing aircraft: UPT Class 12-04: 7 student pilots slated to graduate early fall 2013
• In Cessna 182 fixed wing aircraft: Initial Flight Screening Class 13-01: 14 student pilots to be selected for rotary or fixed wing training in Jan 2013
• In MD530 helicopter: Rotary Wing UPT Class 91-02: 4 student pilots slated to graduate in late January
• In MD530 helicopter: Rotary Wing UPT Class 91-03: 8 student pilots slated to graduate in April
• In Cessna 208B fixed wing aircraft: UPT Class 12-03: 5 student pilots slated to graduate in early summer 2013
• In Cessna 208B fixed wing aircraft: Initial Qualification Training Class 13-02: 5 student pilots slated to graduate late January
NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan, is a coalition of 38 troop contributing nations assisting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in generating a capable and sustainable Afghan National Security Force ready to take lead of their country’s security by 2014. For more information about NTM-A & NATC-A/438th AEW, visit www.ntm-a.com and www.438aew.afcent.af.mil
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