Patrick Dirksen and Frank Mink were invited to Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale, Victoria, to witness operations by the PC-21 and learn more about the benefits of the new training system that comes with it.
Australia’s military flying training is focused on two bases on opposite sides of the country, both of which have started operating the newly acquired PC-21 as part of a high-tech pilot training system for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Basic flying training is provided by No 1 Flying Training School (1FTS) at RAAF Base East Sale, 137 miles (220km) southeast of Melbourne. The station is home to 22 of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) PC-21s, as well as the Central Flying School (CFS). Meanwhile, advanced flying training takes place with 2FTS at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.