The second DCA/QRA Synthetic Training for tactical pilots and GCI

The second DCA/QRA (Defensive Counter Air/Quick Reaction Alert) Synthetic Training for tactical pilots and GCI (Ground Radar Controller of Interceptors) has been accomplished in the term 20 – 24 November 2017 at Tactical Simulation Center (TSC), Pardubice, Czech Republic (LOM PRAHA s.p./CLV Pardubice). The training week as the TRG Module with code FTS 06, published in MATC TRG Catalogue, was focused on QRA/AP (Air Policing) procedures training and DCA – BvR (Behind Visual Range) training.

In this unique training participated pilots and GCI from MATC countries – Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary, being supported by JAPCC SME. One of the main objectives was to train the “Regional Interoperability“ following the NATO standards. The pilots and GCI had the opportunity to train in mixed crews (pilot-GCI). The follow-up training for pilots and GCIs will continue also in 2018. The Air-to-Ground tactical training is in consideration as well.

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MATC Operational English Language Course

Monday 3rd April was a significant day for the NATO rotary wing door-gunners community. 10 door gunners from Croatia and Czech Republic have commenced their four-week language training – Operational English Language Course for Door Gunners (OELC-DG). This unique course is coordinated by MATC (Multinational Aviation Training Centre) and is held in the facility of Helicopter Training Point (HTP) Ostrava.

OELC-DG was developed following the Czech Air Force requirement for operational English language training, with the aim to unify and instruct English terminology used by airborne gunners within NATO air crews. The course is instructed by two experienced British Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructors (QHTI). “The overarching objective is to focus on interoperability and standardization of procedures by combining the crews during the training”, said one of QHTIs, Danny Hanson. The tactical simulator is intended to be used in the final part of the course to simulate the tactical scenarios to prompt the correct and timely use of key phrases by students – door gunners from MATC countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia. Later, the intention is to extend the training to NATO/EU/PfP military units.

Norway provided funds through the MHI (Multinational Helicopter Initiative) trust fund for two OELC-DG courses. This provision triggered intensive preparatory effort with UK QHTIs visiting 22 Helicopter Base at Náměšť nad Oslavou to discuss the content of the course directly with the trainees. The British instructors have a long association with NATO/EU helicopter crews, as they have been providing the EDA (European Defence Agency) Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC) in RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The preparatory effort laid the good foundation for the OELC-DG syllabus, which is in line with NATO and EDA training standards.

Course dates:
The 1st – finished on 28 April 2017
The 2nd – finished on 16 June 2017
The 3rd – finished on 17 August 2017
The 4th – 30 October – 24 November 2017

The Courses are published in the MATC TRG Catalogue in the section Additional (Special) Training Courses.

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