Helicopter Users Data Base
A New JAPCC Project to Improve Capability Building
Helicopter capabilities are probably the most heterogeneous within the Alliance’s military aviation inventory. Helicopter units are scattered through all services and, more than in other flying units, they vary significantly in size, organizational structure, and operational capability. At one end of the spectrum there are the highly specialized and trained but equally scarce Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) units, at times counting only a handful of aircraft. At the other end of the spectrum there are the Attack and Transport helicopter squadrons or battalions counting larger numbers of platforms.
In addition, the obvious hierarchical relationship between provider and customer is quite often sub-optimized leading to less than ideal circumstances in which to improve capability building. This reality poses a serious challenge for planners at all levels responsible for building, maintaining and enhancing national helicopter capabilities. At present there are only few opportunities for helicopter units to train together in a multinational environment where combined force missions are planned and executed in a complex and challenging scenario. In order to realize the potential benefits of standardization efforts in crew training this must change.
In order to improve this capability building, the JAPCC is launching a project to create a tool that provides rotary-wing agencies, staffs and units with overarching situational awareness concerning helicopter-specific exercises and events as well as the respective Points of Contact (POCs). This tool would allow the users to better prioritize and plan their activities, ultimately leading to better understanding, increased interoperability and more efficient allocation of human and financial resources for helicopter capability building.