Flight Training Of The Czech Air Force Pilots In Croatia On Bell 206B Helicopters has been completed
Two Czech helicopter pilots sent by the Czech Air Force to Croatia within the MATC framework have on 1st MAR 2017 successfully completed the basic flight training on Bell 206 B III helicopters. The training started in October 2016 and has been provided by Croatian Air Force, 93rd AFB Zadar - Zemunjik.
MATC is coordinating the "Radio Navigation Aids Maintenance Course", which will be held in Military Academy Vyškov (MATC Facility code CZE 6 in MATC Training Catalogue) in MAR-APR 2017. The Course is focused on ILS (Instrument Landing System) and DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) ground specialists skills improvement and their license currency.
September 29th, 2016 - The establishment of a working relationship between NATO and the Multinational Aviation Training Centre was made official on 29 September with the signing of a functional Memorandum of Understanding at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
"This memorandum is an important step to reach NATO’s transformational goals. The establishment of the Multinational Aviation Training Centre is a concrete example of a successful Smart Defence project," said General Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
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.