AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 18 (UPI) -- A new pilot training facility has officially been opened at a Royal New Zealand Air Force base.
The new purpose-built Pilot Training Capability facility features 11 Beechcraft-made T-6C Texan aircraft, pilot training simulators, instructors and support staff.
"The new pilot training facility shows a strong investment in the Air Force, and the T-6C is a proven capability that aligns with the Defense Force's goals for the future," said Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies. "The investment of the specialist military aircraft and simulators allows trainee pilots to get improved and continuous training for future aircraft they will fly.
"Installed flight training simulators allow the students to efficiently practice various scenarios in a safe and controlled environment prior to live flying."
The facility is expected to serve 15 trainee pilots a year.
The T-6 Texan in a single engine turboprop based on the Pilatus PC-9. It has a cruise speed of 320 miles per hour and a range of 1,036 miles.