By Lt Col Francois Smith, 41 Squadron
It is slower, not as maneuverable and aerobatics is not
allowed, BUT you can have some filter coffee and eat
something whilst you are flying. Even a jettie can adapt to
this kind of flying.
Lt Gen Gagiano obtained his Air Transport Command on the
Pilatus PC-XII of 41 Squadron on 14 October 2008. He started
his conversion officially on 27 December 2007 and
accumulated 103 hours on type.
His conversion covered all the required general, instrument,
night, route and formation flying. The operational aspects,
low-level handling, short field operations and assault
landings were done at Middelburg Airfield. Operational night
flying was done on the grass runway at the Swartkop Airfield
which included the use of vehicle lights for landing.
Lt Gen Gagiano will continue with advanced training on the
PC-XII in order to upgrade to instructor status on type.
Time permitting, he will be utilized as a line commander at
41 Squadron. Take note, next time you fly, the Chief may be
your commander - Donít be late!