24 pilots including women return to Afghanistan after graduation from Czech Republic
By Khaama Press - Sat Jul 07 2018, 2:04 pm
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) said the fixed-wing aircraft pilots have returned to Afghanistan after graduation from Czech Republic and will start services in the Afghan Air Force.
A statement by AAF said the pilots have been trained to operate the A-29 light attack aircraft as well as the C-208 transport planes.
The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in a statement had earlier said “The newest Afghan Air Force fixed-wing pilots, including two women, graduated today from a 15-month training program in the Czech Republic.”
According to Resolute Support Mission “The pilots received ground, flight & English training. They now bring those skills to the battlefield.”
The Resolute Support Mission in another statement had said the Afghan Air Force (AAF) will graduate its newest group of 24 pilots of fixed wing aircraft, including two female pilots, at a graduation ceremony at the Lom Praha Flight Training Center (CLV) in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 27.
Currently the Afghan Air Force has one female pilot, but thanks to the efforts carried out by the Afghan Ministry of Defense more women have been encouraged to pursue a career in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, including the Air Force.
Female students went through the same coursework and were held to the same standards as their male counterparts, and were able to meet and, in some areas, exceed their training goals, according to Resolute Support Mission report.