PH Army helicopter pilots hold cross-country training

PH Army helicopter pilots hold cross-country training

MANILA – The rotary-wing or helicopter pilots of the Army Aviation Regiment are continuing with their cross-country training as part of their efforts to increase their proficiency.

In a statement Thursday, the Philippine Army (PA) said that the latest cross-country training took place last September 28 at the Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

Flying a Robinson R-44 helicopter, PA aviators 1st Lt. Rhona K. Salvacion and 1Lt. Mark Zimry A. Roldan departed from Fort Magsaysay, landed in Loakan Airport, Baguio City and successfully returned to Fort Magsaysay as part of their proficiency training in flying multipurpose helicopters.

“The training aims to enhance the flight and navigational proficiency of Army pilots as preparation for future missions. Currently, the PA owns three rotary assets for training and emergency purpose,” said Col. Xerxes Trinidad, Army spokesperson.

Meanwhile, PA commander Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino, commended the Army Aviation Regiment for its continuous efforts in its capability development which is part of its major programs.

“As we channel our efforts to eradicate local armed conflicts, training such as this is beneficial in defending and serving our people in times of disasters and other unforeseen events. Your PA will continue to extend its support to you and other units who are dedicated to enhancing our capabilities to serve the Filipino people better and keep them secured in their communities,” he added. (PNA)

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