The Czech Mi-24V and a Croatian Mi-8 together at Zadar (Image © Ing. Zbyněk Suchánek / Czech Armed Forces)

Czech and Croatian helos train together to aid Afghan Air Force pilots

A new team of Czech, Croatian and Hungarian military personnel have started the work-up to train Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots together. The preps are being done in Ostrava, Croatia, and at Zadar’s Zemuni Donji Airbase, with flying activities and live-fire exercises with a Czech Air Force Mi-24V, two Croatian Air Force Mi-8s and one Mi-171 being done in Croatia.

Soon the joint, 20-member Air Advisor Team will deploy to Kabul to train the Afghan Air Force pilots in their own operational environment. Emergency and special situations were “flown” on the simulator in Ostrava, including the loss of both engines which is not really safe to perform when flying a chopper for real. Subsequently a two-week practical training followed in which standardizing operational procedures for both flying and maintenance are key.

From Zemuni Donji Airbase the team flies the four choppers in tactical approaches, including take-offs and landings with various loads.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, based on source information provided by the Czech Air Force
Featured image (top): The Czech Mi-24V and a Croatian Mi-8 together at Zadar (Image © Ing. Zbyněk Suchánek / Czech Armed Forces)

Croatian Hip airborne at Zadar with the joint AAT. (Image © Kpt. Skřivánková  / Czech Armed Forces)
Croatian Mi-8MTV-1 airborne at Zadar with the joint AAT. (Image © Kpt. Skřivánková / Czech Armed Forces)