Reproduced from SP’s Aviation 3/2005. This issue had published a first-hand exhaustive coverage of IAF’s Communication Squadron’s Embraer jets which had just arrived and inducted by the Squadron, in the same year
With the recent induction of two state-of-the-art Embraer EMB 135BJ Legacy aircraft, the Squadron is witnessing the dawn of a new era in its operational capabilities. Seen as a replacement for the older Avro HS-748, the squadron is earmarked to receive four Legacy aircraft. The remaining two are likely to reach Delhi by November/ December 2005.
To ensure its smooth induction into the Squadron, a team of eight pilots had earlier visited the ‘Flight Safety International’, Paris for the orientation course and simulator flying. This was followed by a visit of four technical officers to Sao-Jose, Brazil, for technical evaluation and acceptance of the aircraft. The aircraft were flown in from Brazil jointly by the IAF pilots and pilots from the Embraer Company. The aircraft globe-trotted their way, starting on August 29, 2005 from Sao-Jose, Brazil, halting in between at Raciefe in Brazil, Sal islands in Cape Verde, Lisbon, Cairo and Dubai before finally touching down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, at 7 PM on September 3, 2005.
Presently, pure and on-the-job flying training on the aircraft is in full swing in the Squadron, the aim being to accumulate as much operational and technical experience during the warranty period as possible.