Greek Air Force Buys 12 Tecnam P2002 JF Trainers
The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) has signed a contract with Italian aircraft manufacturer TECNAM to take delivery of 12 low wing trainer P2002 JF (F for fixed gear). Negotiations and bidding procedures had been initiated in June of 2016. The HAF will use the aircraft for pilot screening and initial training at its Dekhelia Air Base, home of the Greek Air Force Academy.
Additionally, Tecnam will provide a SOFTEK simulator and a computer-based integrated training system with TECNAM staffed support. The two seat single engine aircraft is powered by a 100 horsepower ROTAX 912 and has gained a healthy following among flight training organizations, but also military forces. The 8 aircraft sold to the Argentinian Air Force have accumulated more than 6.000 hours and performed a combined 16.000 Takeoff’s and Landings.
Paolo Pascale, TECNAM’s current Chief Executive and son of the late “Professor” Luigi Pascale said: “We are delighted that yet another Air Force is choosing Tecnam for its training. We are honored by this choice and the Hellenic Air Force’s appreciation of our commitment to the quality of our products and service.” TECNAM faced stiff competition from Aquila, Pipistrel, Diamond, Cirrus, Cessna and the Sport Cruiser in this procurement as Walter Da Costa told Seaplanemagazine.com.
The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) is the air force of Greece and was formed in 1911. The mission of the Hellenic Air Force is to guard and protect Greek airspace, provide air assistance and support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy, as well as the provision of humanitarian aid in Greece and around the world. The Hellenic Air Force includes approximately 33,000 active troops, of whom 11,750 are career officers, 14,000 are professional conscripts (ΕΠ.ΟΠ.), 7,250 are volunteer conscripts and 1,100 are women.