Royal Brunei Air Force seeks new blood to fuel future operations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) is encouraging more of Brunei’s youth to enlist to accomodate the growth of the air force.

Commander of the Royal Brunei Air Force Colonel (U) Shahril Anwar Hj Ma’Awiah said that current RBAirF personnel are ‘not sufficient’ to replace outgoing or retiring officers.

The commander said this during the pilot wings presentation ceremony held yesterday at the Royal Brunei Air Force Headquarters in Rimba.

“We encourage more people to come in. (We are) trying to get the youth to join the air force,” he said.

“We are looking for more people, whether it is for the air crew, pilots, engineers and air defence. We still don’t have enough people at the moment,” said the commander.

Colonel (U) Shahril Anwar also said that female recruits are welcomed at the RBAirF.

“There are no limitations for the pilots, whether female or male. At the moment, we have one (female) captain for the black hawks,” he said.

“We have a lot of female applicants coming in as well. As long as they can fulfill the requirements, then they are good,” he added.

Meanwhile, a new simulator for the Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters is expected to arrive at the CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) around the third quarter of the year.

Currently, RBAirF is in contract with MPTC to carry out training on the Pilatus PC-7 simulator, along with the S92 simulator.

The commander said that the pilot trainees will spend hours on the simulators before they are allowed to operate the actual aircrafts.

He explained that the simulators help student pilots familiarise themselves with how the aircrafts operate.

The simulators also help the pilots train and prepare for various emergencies on the aircraft.

“Once we have the facilities here, all the black hawk pilots will be going to the simulator training here,” said Colonel (U) Shahril Anwar.

The Brunei Times