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Beechcraft reaches T-6 milestone

10th August 2015 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Beechcraft Defense Company has reached a new milestone in its T-6 military training aircraft programme, with the 900th aircraft delivered. The aircraft was delivered to the US Navy’s Training Air Wing 5 based at Whiting Field in Milton, Florida. 

The aircraft is the 224th T-6B military trainer that the navy has received as a part of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System programme. 

Russ Bartlett, president, Beechcraft Defense Company, said: ‘Building the most efficient and effective military flight trainer is of utmost importance to us. Having logged more than 2.5 million flight hours globally – and now delivering 900 aircraft – the Beechcraft T-6 continues to prove it is one of the most utilised and trusted aircraft training platforms in the world.’

The Beechcraft T-6B has an integrated glass cockpit and an Esterline CMC Cockpit 4000 avionics suite to enhance advanced training opportunities. The systems are integrated with a Hands-On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) technology, providing the student pilot and instructor with a simpler interface to the digital cockpit. The avionics suite incorporates a fully integrated and FAA-certified dual FMS/GPS navigation suite that meets the required navigation performance standards for current worldwide airspace equipment. 

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