Date: Aug 14, 2017
By: Lo Tien-pin and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A Republic of China (ROC) Air Force flight instructor has broken an air force record
by logging 11,800 hours in a single type of training aircraft, the T-34 propeller plane, the air force said yesterday.
The ROC Air Force Academy is the only institution within the force that employs civilian pilots, as instructors need to be experienced to guide trainees through all the situations they could encounter during flight and determine whether they are suited to fly, the air force said. As officers frequently need to be transferred to accumulate qualifications, the academy tends to hire some retired officers as instructors, allowing the academy to meet its training needs while also giving retirees the opportunity to share their experience, it added. [FULL STORY]