Partnership ties between RAAF and Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have been strengthened by the visit of a small Central Flying School (CFS) contingent to RMAF Alor Setar Airbase in North Malaysia on 23 July.
The CFS representatives visited training units at the RMAF airbase and conducted discussions and activities with their RMAF sister squadron - Institut Latihan Instruktur Terbang (ILIT) regarding flying training, instructor training and aerobatic display flying.
Wing Commander (WGCDR) James Atkinson, Commanding Officer CFS said the contingent was warmly hosted by Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad ‘Amir’ Abdullah, Commanding Officer ILIT and other unit representatives.
“We were given fantastic infrastructure and aviation platform tours, where the combined representatives spoke formally at length regarding how the two units could possibly increase partnership functions,” WGCDR Atkinson said.
“The talks proceeded remarkably well and, of course, were interrupted by the hosts’ insistence that the visitors taste local cuisine at every available opportunity.”
CFS has temporarily paused the training of foreign military Flying Instructors due to PC-21 transition, but is looking at re-commence the training in 2020.
“We took the opportunity to discuss what had changed with respect to training delivery and outcomes that would affect RMAF Instructor candidates who attend the course at East Sale,” WGCDR Atkinson said.
“Given the extreme generosity of the hosts, the cordial nature of discussion on mutually beneficial topics, it is clear that the relationship between the two units and Air Forces is as productive as ever and would hopefully have diplomatic and partnership flow on effects beyond the units.”