Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
June 14, 2016

Royal Thai Air Force to train first female pilot trainees

The Royal Thai Air Force has welcomed its first five female pilot trainees, including three military officers and two civilians.

By Srivari Aishwarya

The Royal Thai Air Force has welcomed its first five female pilot trainees, including three military officers and two civilians.

Upon completion of the training, they will be enrolled in the air force as pilots for future military operations.

Royal Thai Air Force commander-in-chief air chief marshal Treetod Sonjance praised the trainees and said that both military and civilian pilots must adhere to the same mission standards, demonstrating both physical and mental readiness, especially during combat missions.

Sonjance further added that the addition of female pilots into the air force proves that capabilities between genders are equal.

The new female recruits will undergo a training course, which will start in September, at Wing 6 air force headquarters in Don Muang for 12 months.

"The addition of female pilots into the air force proves that capabilities between genders are equal."

In May, the Royal Thai Air Force announced plans to purchase a decommissioned Airbus A340-500 passenger jet from Thai Airways in a $50m deal.

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

The air force would pay for the aircraft in nine tranches beginning this month and running through to next September, ch-aviation reported.

The Airbus A340-500 jetliner comes with advanced passengers cabins and navigation aids, as well as new capabilities such as the electronic flight bag for pilots.

The aircraft’s range of up to 9,000 nautical miles allows it conduct highly efficient ultra-long-haul operations.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU