Four Philippine Air Force pilots were chosen to have the previlege of flying the FA-50 in South Korea. Col. Miguel Okol from Air Defense Wing said that main factor in the selection process was jet time and years of service.
“We picked those with high jet time… and [longer] years in service,” Okol said. “Presumably, there will be four of them, [coming from the ranks of] major and captain, who are high timers in terms of jet time and qualification.”
These four pilots, unnamed for security reasons, will train in South Korea and will eventually become trainors upon the delivery of 12 FA-50s. Expected completion of delivery is on 2017.
Okol explained, “The operative term there is train the trainors, they will soon become the instructor pilots.”