Macedonia gets modern Pilot Training Centre

The Pilot Training Centre becomes today fully operational and ready to provide all services to Macedonian state institutions and other interested foreign partners, PM Nikola Gruevski said Sunday officially opening the Pilot Training Centre. The project worth €43 million started the realisation in 2010.

The future pilots of this centre will have three phases of trainings – elementary, basic helicopter training and advanced helicopter training. The centre has modules for theoretic pilot training, carrying out practical training, maintenance and operating of heliports and planes, flight simulators for helicopters Mi-17 and Mi-24, Gruevski said.

The centre will be promoted outside the country and so far it is presented in NATO thus meeting highest Alliance’s standards.

Gruevski thanked Elbit Systems company and all involved parties, state institutions that contributed the centre to become operational.

By investing in own security Macedonia also invests in NATO security and its Euro-Atlantic future, President Ivanov said, adding that he is very proud that Macedonia gets modern training centre with most sophisticated equipment in Southeast Europe and wider.

Defence Minister Talat Xhaferi said that one of the goals of defence reforms is development of 50% of deployable forces and long-term contribution in the international operations. In this context the aviation brigade needs 52 pilots and helicopters repair.