Helicopter aircrew training system

April 1, 2019 – The Australian Defence Force’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) has successfully achieved Initial Operating Capability. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the training system was designed to prepare Navy and Army aircrew for transition into Defence’s complex combat helicopters. “Following successful testing of the individual aircrew training courses throughout 2018, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan declared the conditions had been met for Initial Operating Capability,” Minister Pyne said. “The training system, operating from 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, NSW,…

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MV Sycamore supporting HATS with embarked aviation operations

It was a week of “firsts” when instructors from HMAS Albatross’s 723 Squadron (Joint Helicopter School) commenced training with the Royal Australian Navy’s new-generation Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV), MV Sycamore. It was the first time RAN conducted deck landings in the EC-135 helicopter and also the first time MV Sycamore conducted deck landing training. “More than forty deck landings were made and five instructors achieved their Deck Landing Qualifications” 723 Squadron Commanding Officer, CMDR Bruce Willington said. “This was the realization of hard work and dedication by several organizations…

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