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First Chinese female attack helicopter pilots now ready for duty

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - China
 
 
First Chinese female attack helicopter pilots now ready for duty
 
The first batch of Chinese female attack helicopter pilots have completed two years training and are now ready for action. The five fixed-wing aircraft pilots were chosen by the Chinese army's aviation corps in 2014 and have undergone rigorous and intensive training involving both simulators and one-to-one actual flight training, the state-run newspaper People's Daily announced on Nov. 17, 2016.
     
Firs Chinese female attack helicopter pilots now ready for duty 640 001Two of the first Chinese female attack helicopter pilots now ready for action
(Credit: 81.cn)
     
These five female pilots had learned new skills to fly rotary aircraft, and successfully complete tens of flight maneuvers and attack tasks.

According to the brigade commander, new training methods shortened the course time dramatically, allowing the move to independent missions more quickly, and will help significantly in the intensive training of other pilots in the future.

If the PLAAF didn't mention the type of attack helicopters these pilots will operates, some pictures showcase the femal pilots learning tactics with scale models of the Harbin Z-9 military utility helicopter, which is a licensed variant of the French Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin.

The PLAAF currently operates a wide range of attack helicopters, such as the newly developed Z-1WB light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft, the Harbin Z-19 and CAIC Z-10 attack helicopters.