The Royal New Zealand Air Force has stood up its new initial pilot training capability, which will use 11 recently delivered Beechcraft T-6C Texans for the role.

Operated with CAE and Safe Air, the RNZAF is also making use of ground-based training systems and two flight simulators.

RZNAF Beechcraft Texan


Initial deliveries of the turboprops began in August 2014 to the service’s Ohakea air base where they are flown by 14 Sqn. They replace a fleet of 13 Pacific Aerospace CT-4E Airtrainers.

To date, Beechcraft has delivered more than 900 T-6 trainers, which have amassed more than 2.6 million flight hours.