Five RBAirF officers earn pilot wings

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FIVE Royal Brunei Air Force officers yesterday received their pilot wings following the completion of their training.

During the ceremony at the Royal Brunei Air Force Headquarters in Rimba, Commander of the Royal Brunei Air Force Colonel (U) Shahril Anwar Hj Ma’Awiah presented the pilots their ‘wings’.

Commander of the Flying Training School, Number Seven Wing, Major (U) Pg Mohd Zulhusmi Pg Md Roslan told The Brunei Times that he was proud of the five student pilots as it is a great honour to receive ‘wings’.

“Pilot wings are something that you will carry throughout your career… It is something that is really prestigious because not many people receive wings,” he said.

He said that the five student pilots have undergone various training – within the span of three years – to receive their wings.

The training included the Officer Cadet School (OCS), Basic Fixed Wing course and Basic Rotary Wing course.

The five officers will now proceed to further their operational flying career in the United States, where they will undergo simulator training for the Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters.

One of the recipients, Lt (U) Muhammad Izdihar Hj Imran, said he was excited to become a military pilot as it was the fulfillment of his childhood dream.

He left the sultanate for Florida – with fellow pilot wing recipient Lt (U) Mohammed Azhar Hj Mohd Mahathir – last night to undergo a simulator training exercise for a month to familiarise himself with the Black Hawk helicopters.

“We will be there for a month. We will then return back here (Brunei) for several months to learn from the basics to the higher standards,” he said.

Lt (U) Mohammed Azhar said receiving the pilot wings was an accomplishment which he was very proud of.

“I have always wanted to become a pilot even before I joined the armed forces” he said.

He then used the opportunity to urge more Bruneians to sign up to become military pilots as it is one of the platforms to serve the country.

Echoing similar sentiments was Lt (U) Mohammad Syamim Roslan.

Lt (U) Mohammad Syamim said that he had worked hard throughout the training sessions to earn his ‘wings’.

“It requires hard work and dedication to achieve this (pilot wings). It is a great opportunity to be part of the armed forces. It is my focus to serve the country and its people,” he said.

The Brunei Times