• Counter Air Operations - tactical simulated training

    25-29 March 2019, TSC Pardubice, The Czech Republic

  • Updated version of MATC Training Catalogue  has been released!

    In MATC Training Catalogue  registered users can figure out the offered Training facility, Training and Courses for Rotary Wing Air Crews, Fixed Wing Air Crews, Ground Maintenance Crews, and other Aviation specialists

  • MATC activation process completed

    On 11th September 2018, the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) was activated as a NATO Military Body (NMB) by the highest authority of NATO, North Atlantic Council (NAC). The activation process, which started in October 2017 by signing of the „Formal Request for the MATC Activation“, had been completed after HQ SACT and MC/IMS procedure termination.

    Becoming an NMB, MATC is an international military organization with an international status granted in accordance with Article 14 of the Paris Protocol (Protocol on the status of International Military Headquarters set up pursuant to the North Atlantic Treaty). This status ensures legal personality, which includes the right to conclude contracts and to acquire and handle property related to the MATC operation and maintenance.

  • MATC provides unique training environment

    Story by 1st Lt Chris Sullivan, 352 SOW Public Affairs

The first year of the operational language course project has been successfully completed during the graduation ceremony of the 4th course.  The four-week Operational English Language Course for Door Gunners (OELC-DG) held at the Helicopter Training Point (HTP) Ostrava had two main benefits for DG community. The instructors were not only native speakers but also Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructors from Great Britain. They transformed their wide operational experience directly to the lessons and missions. The other course benefit was the possibility to use the tactical simulator to train tactical scenarios in order to obtain the correct and timely use of key phrases.

In total, 39 door gunners from Czech Republic, Croatia, and Hungary graduated from four courses performed in 2017. The aim of unifying and instructing English terminology used by airborne gunners within NATO air crews has been fully achieved.

During the theoretical lessons, practical exercises and simulated tactical missions, the DGs were put in various situations where the individual student has to speak English and cannot rely on a stronger speaker. According to observations of the British instructors, all students graduated from the course with a very high level of Operational English, being competent in the use of all commonly used NATO forms used in Coalition operations.

Based on the continuous requirement for DG training, MATC member states agreed to continue with OELC in 2018, with the extension to the Flight Engineers (FE), who can attend the course together with the DGs. The course syllabi will be slightly expanded to absorb FE operational language training requirements. Four courses OELC-DG/FE are planned in 2018, three of those will be basic ones and fourth is intended to be an advanced course. OELC-DG/FE is open for both MATC member states and NATO/PfP countries. The first OELC-DG/FE starts in April 2018.