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Russia’s main air academy to double turnout of military pilots 2017

May 26, 2016, 19:54 UTC+3 TIKHORETSK Territory/ May, 26. /TASS

This year 65 pilots will leave the Krasnodar academy, the academy’s chief says, next year the number of graduates will double

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TIKHORETSK /Krasnodar Territory/, May 26. /TASS/. Russia’s main military academy training military air pilots - the Serov Aviation Academy in Krasnodar - plans to double the turnout of graduates next year to 150, the academy’s chief, Colonel Viktor Lyakhov, said.

"This year 65 pilots will leave the Krasnodar academy. Next year the number of graduates will double," Lyakhov said.

Each cadet is to obtain a flight record of no less than 80 hours (in contrast to 50 hours in previous years), Lyakhov said.

The primary flight instruction curriculum has been considerably upgraded and expanded. Future pilots are instructed to master simple and complex flight technique and navigation at low and medium altitudes.

Russian military academies resumed primary flight training courses this spring after a three-year pause. More than 200 third-year cadets of the Krasnodar Academy have made the first flights. In all more than 350 cadets have entered flight practice courses at nine air bases. By the end of instruction each graduate is to stay no less than 200 hours in the air.

The Krasnodar air academy trains fighter plane pilots, bomber pilots and pilots of military transport and long-range planes. This is the leading air pilots academy in Russia. Air navigators are trained in Chelyabinsk and helicopter crews, in Syzran.

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