The 5th MATC Steering Committee Meeting was held on 25th October 2017 in Zadar, Republic of Croatia, with participation of all MATC SC representatives in person. SC Meeting in Zadar was the first one held out of the Lead Nation territory. The main meeting subjects were the POW 2018 approval, the MATC activation status report and the MATC training activities summary. In the end, the Slovak Republic representative offered the possibility to host the next regular SC meeting in autumn 2018.
The 2nd/2017 MATC Training Conference was held on 12-14 September in the Croatian Military Training Facility „Mali Lošinj Barracks“. The Conference attendees discussed mainly the MATC Training Projects for Aviation Air and Ground Crews training for the rest of year 2017, and for year 2018.
In response to the European Commission Regulation 1178/2011 concerning requirements towards civilian crews, MATC designed CRM basic course, adapted to the military crews needs with considerations to the specific aircraft types and flight procedures.
The graduation ceremony for the specialists from Slovakian aeronautical radio navigation service was held on the premises the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) on Friday, March 24, 2017.
The director of MATC awarded 11 successful course graduates with certificates and congratulated them on the results achieved.
The new DCA/QRA (Defensive Counter Air/Quick Reaction Alert) Training Module (Tactical Simulation) for tactical pilots and GCI (Ground Radar Controller of Interceptors) has been successfully accomplished in term 27 FEB - 3 MAR 2017 at Tactical Simulation Center (TSC), Pardubice, Czech Republic (LOM PRAHA s.p./CLV Pardubice). The training week „Training for Training Leaders“ (as the TRG with code FTS 05 published in MATC TRG Catalogue) was focused on QRA procedues training and DCA - BvR (Blue versus Red) training. In this unique training participated instructor-pilots and GCI from Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia, suppported by JAPCC SME, One of the main objective was to train tactical pilots´ and GCIs´interoperability. The pilots and GCI had an opportunity to train in mixed crews. The folow on training for pilots and GCI starts in November 2017 .
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 standardisation 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.