East Sale's Trainer Transition

Patrick Dirksen and Frank Mink were invited to Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale, Victoria, to witness operations by the PC-21 and learn more about the benefits of the new training system that comes with it.

RAAF PC-21 [FLTLT Ash Kissock/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence] #1
Two of the RAAF’s recently acquired PC-21s, A54-003 and A54-004, during a flight in the Gippsland region in southeastern Australia. The Basic Training Course is the first module for pilot training regardless of service and is flown exclusively on the PC-21. FLTLT Ash Kissock/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Australia’s military flying training is focused on two bases on opposite sides of the country, both of which have started operating the newly acquired PC-21 as part of a high-tech pilot training system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Basic flying training is provided by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base East Sale, 137 miles (220km) southeast of Melbourne. The station is home to 22 of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) PC-21s, as well as the Central Flying School (CFS). Meanwhile, advanced flying training takes place with 2FTS at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.

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