The JAPCC in support of Helicopter Air Advisor Training
Zadar, 2 June 2017. In recent weeks the JAPCC participated in the 16th Mi-17 Air Advisor Team Pre-deployment Training Course held in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Zadar, Croatia.
As a result of NATO’s Afghanistan operations shifting from ISAF to Operation Resolute Support (ORS), the Alliance has refocused various efforts from actual operations to the application and implementation of lessons learned, focusing on a battle rhythm of education, training, exercises and evaluation. Part of this follow-on effort is to train future ORS helicopter operators and maintainers on specific challenges they might encounter in Afghanistan. In support of this effort a group of four Central-European nations (Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia) utilize their unique knowledge and experience in operating Russian made helicopters. These four nations participate in the pre-deployment phase of the preparation of air crews during a four-week training event which consists of a course in a simulation centre in Ostrava, Czech Republic and a live flying training series in Zadar, Croatia.
The JAPCC has regularly participated in this training event by sending a helicopter SME with an operational background and expertise in military advising, who gives classes on different subject areas in order to enhance effectiveness and overall safety of the work of air advisors.