More Fighter Pilots For RMAF

SHAH ALAM: More fighter pilots for RMAF. The second batch of RMAF pilot-trainees have succesfully undergone their Fighter-Lead In Training (FLIT) in Canada. The ten-strong cohort and the initial batch of eight underwent their FLIT at the International Test Pilots School (IPTS) in Ontario, Canada.

The ten started their training on 14 September, last year, and they graduated officialy on 30 April, says RMAF. The graduation ceremony was held via video conferencing from Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The graduation for the IPTS cohort batch 2 at the firm’s hangar in Canada. RMAF

From RMAF

10 PEGAWAI TUDM BERJAYA MENAMATKAN KURSUS FIGHTER LEAD IN TRAINING DI KANADA
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 April 2021 – Seramai 10 orang pegawai TUDM yang dihantar untuk menjalani Kursus Fighter Lead In Training (FLIT) Siri Kedua di International Test Pilots School (ITPS) Ontario, Kanada pada 14 Sep 2020 tahun lalu telah berjaya menamatkan kursus ini dengan jayanya. Kursus yang berlangsung selama hampir tujuh bulan ini adalah bagi melatih juruterbang dengan menggunakan pesawat L-39C Albatros sebagai platform latihan yang memberi kemahiran dan pengetahuan untuk menjadi juruterbang pesawat pejuang yang kompeten.
Sebelum ini seramai 8 orang pegawai TUDM telahpun berjaya menamatkan kursus FLIT pada siri yang pertama tahun lepas. Pengiktirafan ini telah diberikan kepada mereka dalam satu majlis graduasi yang telah diadakan di Kanada pada hari ini dan Lt Mohd Hazim bin Mohd Tajuddin TUDM telah dipilih sebagai Penuntut Kursus Terbaik Keseluruhan.
Detik-detik manis ini turut disaksikan oleh PANGWILUD 1, Mej Jen Dato’ Zahani bin Hj. Zainal Abidin TUDM serta ahli keluarga pelatih kursus secara maya melalui persidangan video. TUDM mengucapkan tahniah kepada semua peserta kursus dan mereka bakal mencurahkan ilmu dan kemahiran serta berkongsi pengalaman ke arah kecemerlangan dan pemerkasaan TUDM.

IPTS Cohort Batch 2 Best Graduate Lt Hazim Tajuddin speaking at the graduation ceremony. RMAF

As reported previously RMAF had to send it future fighter pilots to IPTS as its primary FLIT aircraft – the MB-339CM – are basically grounded due to the issues with their engines.

Graduation ceremony via video conferencing. RMAF

RMAF did not say whether a third batch of FLIT trainees will continue or are already undergoing training with IPTS. It is likely they are there already though these need further confirmation. The majority of these 18 pilots will be the ones flying the new LCA, whatever one and when they are procured. Hopefully the first examples will be in service by 2025.

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