C-17 Aircrew Training Begins in Australia
The first two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 pilots began training at a new aircrew training system (ATS) facility at RAAF Amberley, Queensland. The air force had previously undertaken its aircrew training in the U.S., and the Australian ATS is the first to be established overseas. Boeing Defense Australia instructors provide 350 hours of training to student pilots over a 100-day course, which includes 85 hours of computer-based training and 120 simulated flight-hours. The syllabus culminates in five flights in the C-17.