|Quoting fallap (Reply 48):|
What is the current status of the maintenance facilities of The Ukrainian Air Force? Ground equipment, supply of parts, quality of training, influx of new technicians, overall morale of the personal?
Regarding training, here is a recent article (March 31) taking stock of changes in Ukraine's pilot training at its main military pilot school, the Flight Faculty of the Kharkiv Air Force University. The article is in Ukrainian, but here are the main points:
- As of the time of writing, this year's graduating class (comprising more than 80 students) already had, for the most part, between 90 and 170 flight hours. The (aspiring) helicopter pilots are the exception, with over 30 hours on average.
- During the worst years of the Ukrainian Air Force, when it was financially starved to near-extinction, students would graduate with just a few flight hours, and even many pilots in combat units had less than 50 flight hours (total!).
- The key change that was made with this class, and a historical first for the school, is that the students already moved from training aircraft to combat aircraft before graduation, flying Su-25s, Mig-29s, An-26s, Mi-8s and Mi-24s.
In general, Ukraine is now trying to meet NATO standards in terms of annual flight hours for military pilots.
The Ukrainian Air Force is currently also getting training from the California Air National Guard.