DynCorp International has been awarded a contract modification on its aircraft maintenance support program to provide aircraft maintenance services at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The award is the fifth option year on a contract initially awarded in 2009. The modification is valued at $42.5 million.
Under this contract, DI team members provide aircraft maintenance services for the 80th Flying Training Wing on T-6 and T-38 aircraft. The mission of the Air Education and Training Command’s 80th Flying Wing is unique, providing undergraduate pilot training for the U.S. and NATO allies in the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program (ENJJPT).
Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training
The Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program (ENJJPT) is the world’s only multi-nationally managed and manned pilot training program whose mission is to produce the world’s finest NATO pilots with the skills and attitude to succeed in fighter aviation.
ENJPPT was established in 1973 as the rapidly rising cost of pilot training and the need to improve NATO air forces led a group of European nations to consider combining efforts to develop a consolidated training program. In 1974, the U.S. joined the working group that included Canada, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The group eventually determined that the U.S. would be the most appropriate host for the program after considering factors such as flying weather, training airspace, existing facilities and program growth potential. In 1978, the U.S. was formally selected to host the ENJJPT program for 10 years as a short-term solution, while studies on relocation to a European base continued.
The ENJJPT program is unique for its four distinct training programs. It provides Undergraduate Pilot Training, Pilot Instructor Training, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) and IFF Upgrade Instructor Pilot training. Approximately 200 student pilots “earn their wings” annually after a 55-week, three-phase training regimen. About 80 new instructor pilots are trained annually and up to 150 pilots transition through IFF each year. All this training is supported by a staff of more than 1,300 military, civilian and contract personnel employing T-6A, T-37B and T-38C training aircraft.