SHAH ALAM: BASED on the pictures posted on Pulatibang 2 official Facebook page, it appears that it had qualified the last pilots on the Alouette III helicopters. It is also likely that the next batch of rotary pilots to get their wings will complete their training on the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120 Colibri helicopters.
From the FB page, we can discerned that at least two EC120s are already stationed at the Pulatibang 2 located at the Kolej Tentera Udara at Kepala Batas, Kedah. The unit has also qualified its instructors on the EC120 helicopters which are leased from Gading Kasturi Sdn Bhd.
According to the company website, Gading will provide total engineering & logistics support to five Airbus EC120B helicopter and one EC 120B simulator through Company Own Military Operates (COMO) concept for its basic helicopter flying school. The program also involves in house upgrading of the EC120B to fully glass cockpit and NVIS.
The H120/EC120 helicopters are supplied by Gading under a RM120 million PFI deal.
I have been trying to get official confirmation on the developments at Pulatibang 2 but so far nothing yet. Perhaps the Alouettes will only be retired once all the trainee pilots that had started their basic flight training on the aircraft are graduated.
But its likely that the latest batch of trainee pilots for the rotary wing will start their flight training on the EC120s.
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