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andy
21st April 2004, 10:05
from: http://www.military.ie/pr/19-04-2004.htm

Press Releases
Date 19 April 2004

ARRIVAL OF NEW TRAINER AIRCRAFT TO THE AIR CORPS
The Minister for Defence, Mr Michael Smith T.D. and the Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Jim Sreenan will attend the arrival of three Pilatus PC-9M aircraft to the Air Corps on Wednesday 21 April in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, at 1500 hrs.

The turbo propeller training aircraft are the first three of eight aircraft purchased to replace the Siai Marchetti aircraft in the pilot training role. The Pilatus PC-9M are manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, Stans, Switzerland. The overall cost of the contract for eight aircraft is approx €60 million.

Members of the media are invited to view the arrival of the aircraft at 1500 hrs approximately. The arrival will provide excellent photographic opportunities. Those wishing to attend should meet the Defence Forces Press Office Personnel as follows:

ARRIVAL OF NEW TRAINER AIRCRAFT

Day/Date: Wednesday 21 April 04.

Location: Main Gate, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel

Time: 14.45 hrs.

For further information contact Captain Sean O Fátharta at the above numbers.

morpheus
21st April 2004, 11:55
they fly the CASA turboprop maybe?
or the allouettes and cessnas?
or the MATS aircraft?
or the new blackhawks :rolleyes:

andy
22nd April 2004, 10:00
next peice in the jigsaw is some sort of jet blackhawks and a couple of medium lift helis

morpheus
22nd April 2004, 10:19
view the RTE report here on their arrival here.....

http://www.rte.ie/news/2004/0421/6news/6news56_14a.smil

John
22nd April 2004, 15:17
A horse is not a camel.

yellowjacket
22nd April 2004, 15:20
The Air Corps trains pilots on fixed wing first, before streaming them.