November 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – From Monday 15 to Friday 20 November 2020, the 1st and 5th RHC (combat helicopter regiments) of the ALAT (Army light aviation) , embarked on board the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Mistral in order to train and qualify their crews for landing.
It was the pilots of three Caïman tactical transport helicopters , a Gazelle reconnaissance and attack helicopter and a Tiger attack helicopter who completed a dense week in training and instruction, day and night with the ultimate goal is the ability to launch helicopters from the sea in complete safety and in all conditions.
“Difficult training, easy war” was decidedly the watchword of this week, with many exercises for breakdowns or bad weather conditions requiring radar guidance of the helicopter until recovery of the “visual of the building”, phrase spoken by the pilots once the flight deck is in sight, a few seconds before the landing.
By the way, the PHA functions like an airport: a tower, called AVIA, and an approach, MI. So we could hear on the aviation bridge during certain flights: “- Phantom AVIA, immediate emergency, loss of power on an engine, 4 people on board!” – AVIA Phantom, it’s copied, landing priority, green landing spot 6, approach at noon, direct, wind at noon 15 knots ”.
Fortunately, it was an exercise, but you have to prepare. From pilots to yellow dogs, from controllers to flight deck crew, the unforeseen is inherent in operations and in the military profession.