The first “Military Pilot Course” and “Military Crew Member” courses have been completed for Austrian AW-169 helicopter crews, within the framework of the agreements signed between the Italian and Austrian governments.
The advanced training program on the new helicopter is part of the bilateral cooperation activities that the Italian Army, together with the national industry, maintains with the main partner and allied countries and involves the personnel of the Army Aviation and its flight school.
The course, which was attended by 4 pilots and 2 technicians of the Austrian AW169 Implementation Team, began on 10 April 2023 at the “Leonardo Training Academy” in Sesto Calende (VA) with a first phase on SBB (Full Flight Simulator) and continued in Viterbo, at the AVES Training Center, aboard the Austrian AW-169.
Over the two months of training, a total of 130 hours of operational flight were totaled in tactical, night with the help of NVG (Night Vision Googles) and mountain modes. At the end of the course, a short qualifying ceremony was held on the new machine.
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