26 mars 2014
25 Mar 2014 by Jon Hemmerdinger - FG
Washington DC - Mexico is expanding its fleet of Beechcraft T-6C Texan trainers with a new order for two aircraft by the nation's navy, the company says.
The aircraft, designated T-6C+ models, will be delivered "this summer", Beechcraft says.
Beechcraft, a division of Textron, says it is also working on a contract to provide two years of parts support, pilot and mechanic training and field support to the Mexican navy.
The aircraft will have glass cockpits with Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics, which include flight management systems and a global positioning system certificated by the US Federal Aviation Administration, says Beechcraft.
The Mexican air force already has six T-6s, and has placed an order for an additional six aircraft, according to Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.
The announcement comes two months after news broke that New Zealand will buy 11 T-6Cs in a $127 million deal that includes simulators, classroom- and computer-based training equipment and other training and maintenance support.
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Beechcraft Defense Co. and FlightSafety International have completed deliveries of ground-based T-6 pilot training devices to the U.S. military.
The last of 131 units produced for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System was delivered to the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
"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," said Russ Bartlett, president of Beechcraft Defense. "It's been an impressive partnership: every single T-6 aircrew training device has been delivered on time and on budget."
The T-6 is a single-engine turboprop based on Pilatus of Switzerland's PC-9. It is used by the U.S. military and the armed forces of Canada, Mexico, Greece, Israel and Morocco, among others.
The T-6 training devices by Beechcraft and FlightSafety replicate the aircraft's cockpit layout and aircraft performance.
Additional details on the training devices were not provided.