The 3rd meeting of the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) Steering Committee was held on Thursday September 15th, 2016, at the HTP Ostrava CZ (Helicopter Training Point) in Mošnov, Czech Republic.
The Steering Committee representatives were briefed on the MATC ongoing projects and training activities, Plan of Work for 2017 (POW), and about the state of the accreditation process regarding certification of MATC by NATO HQ SACT (NATO Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) to NATO Military Body.
Within agenda, the session attendees discussed also the issues concerning POW evaluation and IOC/FOC (Initial Operational Capability / Full Operational Capability) Achievement evaluation.
As a last part of the 3rd MATC Steering Committee Meeting, Site Survey of the HTP Ostrava CZ brand new facility with new capabilities for the simulated aviation training took place.
The 5th MATC Training Conference was held from Tuesday September 13th until Friday September 16th, 2016, at the MATC Directorate at Vyškov. The Conference attendees discussed mainly the MATC Training Projects for Aviation Air and Ground Crews training for the second half of year 2016, and for year 2017. On Friday, the Conference moved to Ostrava Mošnov for Site Survey at MATC Facility LOM PRAHA a.s. / HTP Ostrava CZ, which provides the simulated training for Air Crews including the Door Gunnery Training (in the test mode) within the brand new facility. The Participants from Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia had the opportunity to visit the Rehearsal of “NATO DAYS” Displays demonstrating the NATO capabilities.
The objective of MATC is to provide a broad spectrum of training for aircrews and maintenance specialists by optimising the use of existing capacities and capabilities offered by the Participants (CZE, HRV, HUN, SVK). In fulfilling this objective, the MATC will not possess any direct training capabilities. These capabilities will be provided by the Participants, while remaining in their control and ownership.
The MATC enables the Participants to harmonise and standardise aviation training and education, enhance their quality level, improve interoperability and capabilities of their respective forces, and take an active role in the development of training standards and concepts and their practical validation. Intensive cooperation within the MATC will strengthen mutual confidence between the Participants, further harmonise their national procedures, and improve interoperability, which in time may facilitate the establishment of multinational task forces or units and their joint deployment to areas of operations led by NATO, the EU, the UN, or other international organization.
Since the middle of 2014 until now the Military Aviation Authorities (MAA) of the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia have conducted bilateral meetings in order to proceed in the assessment of eligibility for Mutual Recognition (MR) in the framework of training the flying and technical support personnel at the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC).
These meetings have been running under the leadership of the MoD Department of Military Aviation, Division of Supervision and Control, in compliance with the ratified MATC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at bilateral level, taking place on the premises of both national military authorities (NMA) alternately.
The final Mutual Bilateral Airworthiness Recognition (MBAR) conference, attended by the NMA directors representing the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia as well as the MATC Director, took place in the hall of DAP Prague on December 1, 2015. The participants signed joint bilateral documents to certify mutual recognition of procedures in training the flying and technical support personnel at the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC).
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