Within the military pilot training programme entrusted to DCI, 15 Kuwaiti trainees, would-be fighter or transport pilots according to their capabilities and their Air Force needs, have just started their training in Salon-de-Provence.
Already in France for a year, these pilot trainees have upgraded their English and science levels, then they have been through a process of acculturation and ground assessment which resulted in their orientation in fighter and transport branches.
Since 2006, DCI-AIRCO has organised, in partnership with the French Air Force, fighter crew trainings. Different steps of the training chosen by Kuwait take place in French Air Force air bases within the squadrons and schools of: Salon-de-Provence for ground theoretical instruction and initial flight training; Cognac for the fighter/transport common ground training on simulators and in flight for practice aircraft and fighter pre-specialisation; Tours and Cazaux for fighter specialisation trainings; Avord for transport specialisation.
Kuwait Air Force keeps trusting DCI as a new class of 26 cadets has arrived in France in the summer of 2015 to start the upgrade step.
“We are very honoured and proud to welcome these young Kuwaiti trainees within the Academic and Aeronautical International Training Centre of Salon-de-Provence, created by DCI within the Air Academy area in synergy with this prestigious officer academy. Building on the practical training provided by the French Air Force, DCI implements a permanent support to enable young pilot trainees to overcome all the obstacles of this demanding training curriculum and to get their pilot wings. We hope this first flight of Kuwaiti brand new pilots will call many more.” Explains Henri Rouby, DCI-AIRCO director.