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Alvaro “Pete” Abraldes

Alvaro “Pete” Abraldes is the Director of Training of Consolidated Air Support Systems, LLC (CASS) and Site manager of Allied Defense Services International (ADSI). Pete has over 26 years of USAF Inflight Refueling experience, 23 years as an instructor/evaluator. Pete retired from the USAF as a Master Sergeant with over 8,500 flying hours in the KC-135R/S/T/A and the KC-10A. During his Air Force career, Pete was a Wing Standardization Evaluator, Wing Scheduler, NCOIC of Squadron Training, Wing Current Operations, NCOIC of Wing Plans and Programs, Superintendent of KC10 CCTS, and Squadron Superintendent.

Since 2009, He has been involved in the development and implementation of the Airbus A330 tanker derivative MRTT and FSTA variants. As a Subcontractor to Airbus Defense and Space, he was the Site Manager responsible for a team of 10 instructors. His team was responsible for the development of all aircrew training materials and the development of Simulator and Flight training profiles. The team trained 75 aircrew members from 4 different countries, with a 97% graduation rate. Pete was flight test qualified and participated in the test, development, certification, and qualification of the ARO PTT trainer and Boom and Drogue systems of the MRTT and FSTA. He also conducted test, evaluation, and certification for the Typhoon, F18, F16, MRTT, Tornado, C130, A400M, and F15 aircraft with the MRTT Boom and Drogue systems. He has over 950 Flight hours on the A330 Tanker (MRTT and FSTA).

Pete was the lead Instructor Assigned to the Local Support Team in Saudi Arabia imbedded in the squadron. He was responsible for the mission ready training of the ARO’s. During his tenure, there he was appointed as the Squadron ARO Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner “SEFE”. Pete also created the Continuation training program for the RSAF. He wrote the RSAF MRTT SOP’s, edited and corrected the RSAF MRTT training regulation, and created the instructor upgrade syllabus.

Pete has participated in the Air Refueling Systems Advisory Group (ARSAG), as a Training panel presenter and is a member of Airlift Tanker Association (ATA).

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