Pilot training program initiated

April 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM

TAMWORTH, Australia, April 11 (UPI) -- BAE Systems Australia says a new Interim Basic Flying Training Contract for the Australian military is in successful operation.

The first course began in January, with students expected to graduate in mid-2012.

"We faced a number of technical challenges preparing for the January start date while delivering on the legacy Basic Flying Training and Flight Screening contract," said Pierre Steyn, BAE Systems' program manager at Flight Training Tamworth.

"Among the many challenges were the design, testing and production of an enhanced crash protection system for the CT-4B trainer aircraft, obtaining CASA-approved certification for these modifications and developing an improved student flight training program.

"We look forward to delivering our IBFT performance-based contract to the set standard, on budget and to schedule, in a safe, modern and dynamic flying training environment."

The contract for flight training is for six years, with six one-year extension options. Its total value is about $89 million.

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