With the help of USAF airmen, the Iraqi Air Force has opened its flying training school at Kirkuk AB, Iraq. Its first class will have 10 students and two Cessna-172 aircraft, reports SSgt. Jared Marquis. The goal, according to Lt. Col. Mark Bennett, commander of USAF’s 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron at Kirkuk, is to train 80 fixed-wing and 80 rotary wing pilots per year. The 52nd EFTS is training novice pilots and instructor pilots from the ranks of former Iraqi pilots. Bennett says USAF has been working on the Iraqi flying school as part of the plan to return Kirkuk to the Iraqi Air Force.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.