Spain’s Freedom Fighters of Talavera

Like many European air forces, the Spanish Air and Space Force faces training shortfalls. Patrick Roegies and Jochem Manders visit Talavera La Real, home of the mighty SF-5Ms to discover how these issues are being overcome

The Spanish Air and Space Force (SASF) fulfils most of its own training program. Over the past three to four years, this has been subject to several modernizations as well as some frustrations. This mainly concerns the introduction of the Pilatus PC-21 for basic flight training, replacing the aging ENAER T-35 Pillán and the CASA C101 Aviojet. The second is the shortage of instructors at Talavera La Real. The introduction of the PC-21 has made basic flight training more modern and efficient given the advanced capabilities of both the aircraft and the simulator, and measures are underway to increase the availability of quality instructors.

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