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Pilatus PC-21 Delivered to Spanish Air Force

The Spanish Air Force will receive its first Pilatus PC-21 through the General Directorate of Armament and Material (DGAM). This aircraft will be part of the 792 Squadron, the Basic Training School in the Spanish Air Force Academy. Pilatus will deliver a total of 24 PC-21s to Spain by June 2022 for air force pilot training.Pilatus won the contract with its PC-21 in 2020, with the first aircraft being handed over in September of 2021.León-Antonio Machés, DGAM Deputy Director General of Programs, said, "Not only will the PC-21 revolutionize our pilot training and take it to a whole new level, it will also allow us to reduce the cost of our pilot training."Spain is the third air force in Europe to have opted to use the PC-21 in its training system. The training system also includes simulators, computer-based training, and virtual reality tools. The air force will launch its first pilot training course in September 2022, with the PC-21 providing a cost-effective, ecological training platform. The budget for training a student military pilot can be reduced by more than 50% with the PC-21. These single-engine turboprops require less fuel than comparable jet trainers.
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