BAE Systems says it has successfully phased in a new Interim Basic Flying Training course under an $86.6 million contract with the Australian Defence Force.
The first pilot training course under the new contract began in Tamworth in January with students expected to graduate by mid-year.
“We faced a number of technical challenges preparing for the January start date while delivering on the legacy Basic Flying Training and Flight Screening contract,” BAE Systems’ program manager Pierre Steyn said. “Among the many challenges were the design, testing and production of an enhanced crash protection system for the CT-4B trainer aircraft, obtaining CASA-approved certification for these modifications and developing an improved student flight training program.”
BAE was awarded the six-year, performance based contract by the ADF in May 2011. The contract includes options for six one-year extensions.