‘Time to be transformative’- Dr. Ali tells GDF ranks at commissioning of new aircraft

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Saturday commissioned the Bell 412 EPI (8R-AYA 412) Helicopter and Beechcraft Super King Air 350 (8R-1GY) at the Air Station London (AirCorps), Timehri.

Pilots and engineers have received training on the maintenance and operation of the recently acquired aircraft. Adding to the enormous training ranks undergo, the Head-of-State said Guyana will soon provide advanced aviation training with a new Civil Aviation school.

The contract signing for this facility is expected by year-end.

The Beechcraft Super King Air 350 is highly demanded within the industry. This particular vehicle underwent extensive upgrades over the last two years in order to serve in this capacity.

With 13 seats, twin engines, and a 1600-pound weight capacity, the aircraft can transport fit three sets of patients in its litter kit. It is also great for extensive flights.

While the Bell 412 EPI Helicopter will be a great addition for deploying forces to remote areas of the country.

The Chief-of-Staff, Omar Khan said the aircraft complement the resources to defend Guyana’s territory.

“This is what I refer to in creating that safe and secure place for national development to unfold.

“These aircraft represent an expansion of the fleet at Air Corps and a push to establish an ecosystem of institutional support to sustain the serviceability of these air assets therefore addressing the development of our human resource is equally another area of focus we will the expansion to the number of engineers and pilots  of national development,” the Chief-of-Staff said.

He added that with more transformation of the aviation sector, more persons will be trained to operate these tools, therefore expanding the human capacity.