Army pilots ‘grounded’ even though trained for Chinese Y-12
Several army pilots who recently completed a training course to be command pilots to operate the Chinese Y-12 aircraft are peeved at not being given the opportunity to fly the aircraft solo.
This newspaper had reported on a press release sent out by the army at the end of May, which stated that members of the Air Corps unit had concluded a specialist training programme in the operation and maintenance of the Chinese Y-12 aircraft, which is expected to boost the unit’s previously-hampered operational capacity. The programme was conducted by China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC) at a cost of $100 million.
Stabroek News understands that soon after the course was conducted the army was expected to implement a process in which the five pilots were expected to fly alongside an experienced pilot …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.