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Beechcraft, FlightSafety International deliver last T-6 military-training simulators

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 6:41 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 6:46 a.m.

Beechcraft’s defense division and FlightSafety International have delivered the last of 131 T-6 aircrew training devices used to train military pilots.

The simulators were produced for the military’s Joint Primary Aircraft Training System ground-based training system. The final devices were delivered to the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Beechcraft and FlightSafety, which began delivering the devices in 2000, delivered T-6A and T-6B trainer devices to U.S. Air Force bases and then to U.S. Naval bases as the program progressed.

“We’re proud to be able to say that all student pilots for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are trained in Beechcraft T-6 aircraft and the T-6 simulators produced in a partnership between Beechcraft and FlightSafety,” Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense Co., said in a statement.

All of the training devices have been delivered on time and on budget, Bartlett said.

The two companies have also partnered to produce and deliver the devices for T-6 customers in Greece, Israel, Morocco and Iraq.

The simulators replicate the cockpit layout and aircraft performance of the trainers.

FlightSafety manufactured the simulators, said Beechcraft spokeswoman Sarah Estes.

Beechcraft began delivering T-6 trainers in 2000 under the JPATS program. They were also selected by the NATO Flying Training in Canada, the Hellenic air force of Greece, the Israeli air force, the Royal Moroccan air force and the Mexican air force.

The company delivered its 800th trainer in March.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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