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Following a welcome by the General Commander and a briefing by the Chief of Operations Branch, the Italian Air Force Staff in Rome have kindly arranged for a display of the new KC767A tanker for our delegates at Pisa Air Force Base on December 5th. The visit will also include displays of the C130J and C27J aircraft,

On top of the aircraft displays, delegates are also invited to visit the ITAF National Training Center and the C130J/C27J simulators at Pisa. Overall this site visit is designed to provide delegates with a complete insight into ITAF strategic airlift, tactical airlift, air-to-air refuelling and airlift training facilities- the four key areas of mobility capability.
 

Workshop programme

9:30 Arrival of delegation (coach from Florence) / Coffee Break

10:00 Welcome by General Commander; Briefing by Chief of Operations Branch; Q&A

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Visit National Training Center; Visit SIMULATOR C130J and C27J

13:00 Lunch at the Officers Mess

14:00 Visit Hangar 5; Visit C130J, C27J and KC767A aircraft

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Departure of delegation (coach for Florence)

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50142 Firenze Italy
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