PAF gets 18 brand new basic trainer aircraft


SF-260 trainer planes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Air Force has just completed the acquisition of 18 brand new basic trainer aircraft which will improve the capability of the PAF to train its pilots.

The 18 brand new SF-260FHs cost a total of P622.59M and were delivered at the 420th Supply Wing at Clark Air Base, Pampanga over the course of several months starting in Nov. 29, 2010. The others followed on March 1, 2011; April 18, and June 28, the PAF said in a statement.

The presentation of the aircraft was led by PAF Commanding General Oscar H. Rabena Thursday during the 12th founding anniversary of the Air Education and Training Command in San Fernando Airbase, Lipa City, Batangas, it said.

The latest acquisition of 18 units of basic trainer aircraft for the country’s military aviation is a “modest modernization” for the country’s air force and a big boost for its capability to train its pilots, the PAF said.

“The planes would improve the training curriculum for pilot training and will enhance and develop pilots professionally and keep them up to date with the changing times and advancements of technology in accordance with the PAF’s thrusts in contributing to peace and development in the country,” it said.

The same trainer aircraft is used by 27 military organizations, professional flying schools and private establishments worldwide. The SF-260 trainer aircraft has been used by the PAF since the early 70’s, it said.

Training for the pilots in the SF-260FH includes performing advanced aerobatic techniques and high-speed maneuvers. The aircraft is designed for speed and agility and is designed to be fully aerobatic. This will give trainees experience in handling advanced aircrafts, the PAF said.

The designer and manufacturer of the SF-260, Alenia Aermacchi, is based in Italy. The aircraft were assembled in the Philippines through Aermacchi’s local partner, AEROTECH Industries Philippines, Inc. in Clarkfield, Pampanga.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow! Congratulations!

    A credible modernization program starts in a solid curriculum of basic flight training. Now we have new pilots who are equiped with the software knowhow and hardware knowhow of basic flying. 

    Hopefully the Filipino people can be proud of our Air Force in five years.   

  • Rene V

    sana umpisa pa lang itto!

  • Anonymous

    This is a welcome news!!!! Slowly but on the right direction.  Hopefully next would be the likes of  the T-33’s jet trainers and then a squadron or two of multi-role jet fighters and bombers to defend the west Philippine sea.  And hopefully bring back to life the good old days of the Blue Diamonds and the famed “Limbas squadron”.  Fly High Air Force Family

  • Anonymous

    Philippine Air Force sa ‘tuwid na daan pang-himpapawid’.

  • Anonymous

    Dagdagan pa natin yan dapat sa lalong madaling panahon. At sana huwag naman karnihin ng mga aircraft maintenance. Ayusin pa nila ang kanilang mga trabaho. Mabuhay PAF!

  • Anonymous

    ayos! sana upgraded choppers din panlaban sa insurgency saka sa west phil sea.

  • Pablo Juan

    excellent! I hope the day will arrive when our own F16’s patrol our skies.. like what you see occassionally over singapore. A small country that made the right decisions.

  • Anonymous

    Sigurado ba kaming mga mamayan brand new lahat ito? Sa mga documento wala bang pangalan na Mike Arroyo na nabanggit? Kung meron, imbistigahan muna bago gamitin.

  • Rene V

    pwede kayang lagyan ng armas kung kailangan? as in counter insurgency operations …

  • Anonymous

    next sana na bilin ng goverment hunter-killer drone!

  • Roger

    at 34M each, this is cheaper than fg’s used helicopters sold to PNP

  • unokritiko

    For me this is a good step coming from govt but not good enough!!! The main problem of the govt armed forces is internal in nature MILF,NPA and other armed groups.If the govt can buy this training aircraft for 600M why not waste say 5M for UAV which can be develop/design by filipinos locally? This is the trend now all over the world,without it the whole armed forces is still below par!!!
    As an enthusiast in flying, I think filipinos can match the US predator!!
    Let the group of flying hobyist from clark , and programmers can easily developed this thing with financial inputs from govt. All they have to do is get parts (used parts from aircraft companies, Latest guidance instruments, Infra red cameras that can zoom 5Km, assembled this and there you go you have already a prototype ready for testing. I think this will not cost more than 2M.
    So to all aircraft hobbyist, its now time to show your ware technically.!!!!

  • Anonymous

    dapat may technology and knowhow transfer ,,,, China and other wise countries are doing that ,,, un bang tipong ,,,  ok bibili kami ng Aircraft trainer sa inyo , pero turuan nyo rin kami kung paano gawain ito ,,,Brazil  not long ago is a poor country ,, but look at them now ,, they are buiding Fighter Planes because of technology transfer ,,,, its time to be wise too as a country 

  • Che

    A big morale booster for our PAFs. Now we can see that the taxes we are paying are being used for its intended purposes.We call on the PAF on take good care of this equipments and use it to their advancement. We look forward to the modernization of our AFP organization under PNOY’s admn.

  • Anonymous

    The planes would improve the training curriculum and
    will enhance and develop pilots professionally and keep them UP TO DATE 
    with the changing times and advancements of technology in accordance
    with the PAF’s thrusts”

    Keep the pilot up to date … like how?  You bought propeller trainer planes so it seems they are preparing to fly prop fighter planes! Absurd!  … I so wish the US bases were still here.

    • Me Yu

      Ika nga ni bugs bunny, “Contact!”

    • Anonymous

      Every fighter pilot starts his basic lesson in flying with a basic aircraft that is propeler driven. This aircraft is not a piston/internal combustion engine. This is a turbo fan engine and its propeller has a variable pitch. This no ordinary propeler airplane. This plane shows seriousness of the program of modernization the PAF is now embarking. NO PILOT GOES STRAIGHT TO FLYING SUPERSONIC JET POWERED AIRCRAFT!

      • Anonymous

        The Cessna T-37 Tweet[1] (designated Model 318 by Cessna[2]) is a small, economical twin-engine jet trainer-attack type aircraft which flew for decades as a primary trainer for the United States Air Force (USAF) and in the air forces of several other nations…  YOU ARE SO WRONG ROLANDTR. 

    • Anonymous

      The first aircraft I piloted was a paper jet. We all have to start somewhere and this is a very good trainer. Keep the US bases back in the USA and worry about our own security. Lupang Hinirang!

  • Me Yu

    Baka kay Mike Arroyo uli mga yan! Pininturahan lang at hinilamusan uli para magmukhang bago! Ahahaha!

    • Anonymous

      …o kay Iggy?

  • Anonymous

    Great to hear this! This I hope is only the beginning for a serious upgrade of the AFP. Hopefully all the infighting will stop and we can focus on defending our territory in the Spratly group. These trainers are a very good choice and a great start. Well done.

  • Montrealer

    At last, PAF cadet pilots can train properly without too much pressure on thinking they are training on flying coffins. By the way, it is not San Fernando Air Base but Fernando Air Base. Authors please take note.

  • war de hensam man

    at pagkatapos matrain ang mga pilot ipi-pirate naman ng mga commercial air lines..tsk tsk

  • caloyocoy

    Turbo fan or turbo prop?

    • DAR

      SF260 primarily using Textron Lycoming 6 cylinder piston engine with an option to use a Rolls Royce turboprop and never a turbofan. The PAF trainer is a piston one.

  • joboni96

    lease fighters from
    sweden or france

  • Jabba

    Good start. Sa panahon ni Gloria siguradong doble ang magiging presyo dahil sa kurakot. Let’s aspire for F16 or F18 next time. Or better yet YF22 Raptor! But I hope these planes will not be a source again of spare parts corruption by the air force.  

  • jose

    The New BOC Commissioner should ALWAYS watch his back. There are lots of “Snakes” in that office. Ask Congress to pass a law to PROFESSIONALIZE Customs Service in coordination with Civil Service Commission. Filipinos are good and honest by nature, but the LEADERS will always find ways to Corrupt  them. If by the end of the century, our Nation is still in the gutter, then we need a REAL REVOLUTION. We may not be around to witness this outcome, but there appear to be no other way out. THIS WARNING may cause laughter from the sector that enjoy pushing people around. But if we can’t get results from all the good efforts by sincere personalities like the good Commissioner, then there’s no other way out.

  • Herbert

    Di kaya babagsakin ang mga iyan? Sa panahon ngayon nakakatakot makakita ng lumilipad na PNP at AFP planes or choppers, baka kasi biglang magka-aberya, bumagsak at makakitil na naman ng buhay ng mga inosente.

  • Herbert

    Pwede namang mag-Flight Simulator na lang ang mga trainees ng PAF, tipid na, hindi pa nalalagay sa alanganin ang buhay nila at ng mga inosenteng posibleng bagsakan kapag nagka-aberya. Kahit anong eroplano pa pwede nilang paliparin virtually. Tipid din sa gobyerno in the long run, anyway, sa commercial airlines din naman ang bagsak ng mga trainees ng PAF.

  • Fan

    good. let us equip half of them w/flir or infra-red search and track, gatling gun, and sidewinders and we have a pretty powerful light combat attack aircraft to protect the metropolis and for counter insurgency operations.

  • RamBoDan

    Yes, after the training… pwede ng maging commercial pilot.

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