VENEZUELIA’s BOLIVARIAN Military Aviation General Commander, Major General Giuseppe Ángelo Yoffreda Yorio, has confirmed 36 Diamond DA40 basic training aircraft are being acquired. The Austrian-built single engine aircraft, along with Enstrom 480B helicopters will be used to teach Air Force student pilots as well as other air arms of Venezuela, at the joint training centre under construction at Morichal, Monagas State. The Diamonds will replace the SF-260s currently in service.
The Major General also confirmed the purchase of an extra batch of nine Hongdu K-8W Karakorum, in part to replace the three examples lost on accidents. Santiago Rivas