ExecuJet Europe has successfully completed the last round of Pilot Training for the German Air Force. The final training, on Bombardier Global Express aircraft, took place in June in South America, covering as many as eight countries over seven days. Lufthansa Technik selected ExecuJet earlier this year to provide landing and line training to six Air Force pilots so that they had the necessary skills and experience to become flight instructors on the Global 5000. The Air Force has ordered four Global 5000 aircraft which will be delivered starting September 2011, via Lufthansa Technik. ExecuJet currently manages one of the largest fleets of Bombardier Global aircraft, some of which were used for the training.
The training covered pre-flight inspections, ground training and many approaches and landings in various extraordinary locations, including a touch down at the highest airport of the world, La Paz, Bolivia, the very challenging mountain-based airport Cusco in Peru or the southernmost airport of the world in Argentina, Ushuaia. South America was chosen as one of the most demanding and diverse flying areas of the world, embracing the Andes, where pilots face further challenges such as language barriers and stopovers in high altitude locations.
Cedric Gitchenko, ExecuJet Europe Chief Pilot and Global Express Flight Instructor praised the students “They were highly motivated, enthusiastic and appreciative about experiencing some challenging flying in some of the most demanding environments. This is the second time we have worked together with the German Air Force and we are very proud to be part of this programme. The airports we landed at were all very co-operative, enabling our sorties to be conducted very smoothly. We really are grateful to those who accommodated us.”
LtCol Erich Reichart, German Air Force “We really enjoyed the excellent syllabus and the professional training delivered to us. The training programme was both challenging and exciting and we learned so much. ExecuJet really is one of the leaders in Global Express training and we have every confidence being able to fly for our government now.”