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New Zealand Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that the RNZAF will acquire 11 Beechcraft T-6C turboprop trainers as part of a NZ$154 million training package.

Dr Coleman said in a January 27 statement. “The (NZ)$154 million package includes ground simulators, classroom and computer based training packages to complement practical flying experience in turbo-prop T-6C aircraft."

The simulators will be acquired from CAE Simulation to subcontract to Beechcraft. CAE Australia will support the simulators and Safe Air will provide maintenance support to the aircraft at Ohakea.

Aircrew training for the RNZAF is currently conducted on CT-4E piston trainers and Beechcraft B200 King Airs, and both of these types are due to be withdrawn by 2018. “The new system is expected to be operational for the first trainee intake in early 2016,” Dr Coleman added. “It is estimated it will produce up to 15 graduate pilots and 12 Qualifying Flying Instructors per year over the next 30 years"

The aircraft will be assembled in Wichita, Kansas, and are expected to enter service with the Pilot Training School and the Central Flying School at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) Ohakea base in early 2016.

 
     
 
Serial c/n US Registration Delivered Aircraft History
NZ1401 PM-37 (?) N2824B 22/08/2014 10/06/2014 First Flight at Beechcraft Wichita, Kansas, USA,
22/08/2014 Arrived at RNZAF Ohakea.

T-6C NZ1401 N2824B RNZAF Official
NZ1402 PM-38 (?) N2826B 22/08/2014 22/08/2014 Arrived at RNZAF Ohakea.

T-6C NZ1402 N2826B Auckland RNZAF Official

NZ1403 PM-41 N2841B ??/11/2014 ??/09/2014 Retained at Wichita for trials.
For Delivery to New Zealand with NZ1406 & 1407 in November 2014.
NZ1404 PM-42 N2842B 08/10/2014 19/09/2014 Departed Wichita of ferry flight to New Zealand,
24/09/2014 Spotted Departing Stansted, UK,
25/09/2014 Arrived Rome,
28/09/2014 Arrived Dubai,
01/10/2014 Ahmedabad, and Kolkata, India
??/10/2014 Bangkok, Thailand,
02/10/2014 Singapore,
03/10/2014 Bali, Indonesia,
07/10/2014 Darwin,
08/10/2014 Brisbane, Norfolk Island, Ohakea.

To be handed over to RNZAF on 31/10/2014.
NZ1405 PM-43 N2845B 08/10/2014 19/09/2014 Departed Wichita of ferry flight to New Zealand,
24/09/2014 Spotted Departing Stansted, UK,
25/09/2014 Arrived Rome,
28/09/2014 Arrived Dubai,
01/10/2014 Ahmedabad, and Kolkata, India
??/10/2014 Bangkok, Thailand,
02/10/2014 Singapore,
03/10/2014 Bali, Indonesia,

07/10/2014 Darwin,
08/10/2014 Brisbane, Norfolk Island, Ohakea.
To be handed over to RNZAF on 31/10/2014.
NZ1406 PM-44 N2846B ??/11/2014 Delivered to New Zealand in November 2014.
NZ1407 PM-45 N2847B ??/11/2014 Delivered to New Zealand in November 2014.
NZ1408 PM-50 N2763B ??/03/2015 On static display Avalon 2015,
Delivered to New Zealand.
NZ1409 PM-53 N2770B ??/03/2015 On static display Avalon 2015,
Delivered to New Zealand.
NZ1410 PM-54 N2773B TBA Delivered to New Zealand.
NZ1411 PM-55 N2786B TBA Delivered to New Zealand.
 
     

Author: Brendan Cowan

Sources: http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/ http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/01/nz-orders-beech-t-6c-trainers-and-sims/ ; http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140127/DEFREG03/301270024/New-Zealand-Picks-T-6C-Pilot-Training ; http://australianaviation.com.au/2014/06/first-royal-new-zealand-air-force-beechcraft-t-6c-takes-flight/ ; www.fightercontrol.co.uk , www.rnzaf.proboards.com , http://t6tonz.wordpress.com/ ,

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Updated 04 April 2015

     

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