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DCI awarded EDA helicopter training study work

17th February 2014 - 14:59 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Défense Conseil International (DCI) has been awarded a contract to conduct the Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus Harmonisation Study (2 HS) for the European Defence Agency (EDA). The study aims to implement a European reference syllabus concerning the ab initio training of helicopter pilots.

As part of the EDA Pooling and Sharing strategy, the 2 HS project follows an earlier EADS-led study that enabled the creation of a report on European competencies and needs in the field of helicopter pilot training.

Currently, helicopter training exercises at the European level absorb vast amounts of resources. Between 2009 and 2013, 123 helicopters, around 800 crews and 5000 support personnel were deployed in multinational exercises which took place in France (Gap), Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium. There is potential to create more efficient practices here.

General Patrick Tanguy, executive vice-president of DCI-COFRAS, said: ‘We are looking forward to continuing our cooperation with the EDA concerning the training of helicopter pilots. This significant and current matter requires a strong involvement of everyone to search for synergies which are strengthening the European Security and Defence Policy.’

The results of the study will be presented in June 2015.

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