The Officers and enlisted personnel of the Aviation (Hiraya) Regiment of the Philippine Army headed by Colonel Andre B. Santos, officially welcomed the Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter at Headquarters Aviation Regiment Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija on June 18 2021 at exactly 10:31 AM.
The BO 105 took off from Department of Transportation (DOTr) Hangar, Coast Guard Aviation Force in Pasay City, Metro Manila and landed at Fort Magsaysay Aerodrome for the first time and piloted by Army Aviator Major Irben G. Rimando and Cdr Dino B. Garcia, Deputy Commander of Philippine Coast Guard Aviation Force (Instructor Pilot).
The said aircraft, donated by Mr Manny V. Pangilinan, was formally turned-over to the Philippine Army last January 11, 2021 at General Headquarters, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
After several months of waiting, the BO 105 finally found its new home in Fort Magsaysay. This aircraft will be utilized to develop the skills of Army aviators.
Future plans include the use of this aircraft for HADR, medevac, air reconnaissance, and maritime patrols. ARMY AVIATION REGIMENT