Topic: Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS)

MV Sycamore supporting HATS with embarked aviation operations

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723 Squadron instructors conduct deck landings to achieve their Deck Landing Qualifications on the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel, MV Sycamore. (photo: Unknown)

723 Squadron instructors conduct deck landings to achieve their Deck Landing Qualifications on the Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel, MV Sycamore.

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 training ship MV Sycamore.

Training inspection for aircrew

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723 Squadron flying instructors visited MV Sycamore at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel. (photo: Unknown)

723 Squadron flying instructors visited MV Sycamore at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel.

A team of instructors from 723 Squadron recently visited HMAS Waterhen in Sydney to inspect Defence’s new multi-role aviation training vessel, MV Sycamore.

Training the aircrewman trainers

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Warrant Officer Aircrewman Craig Daniel of the Joint Helicopter School uses the flight marshalling synthetic training equipment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross. (photo: CPL Mark Doran)

Warrant Officer Aircrewman Craig Daniel of the Joint Helicopter School uses the flight marshalling synthetic training equipment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross.

When aircrewman Warrant Officer Craig Daniel, of the Joint Helicopter School, first heard about the changes afoot in Navy aircrew training, he was immediately interested taking part.

Training the aviation trainers

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Trainee instructors at the Helicopter Aircrew Training System, from left, Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock; Major Anton Leshinskas; Captain Anthony Erwin; Major David Oddy; Captain Adrian Ludman; and Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson. (photo: Unknown)

Trainee instructors at the Helicopter Aircrew Training System, from left, Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock; Major Anton Leshinskas; Captain Anthony Erwin; Major David Oddy; Captain Adrian Ludman; and Lieutenant Commander Michael Robertson.

The Royal Australian Navy and Army Joint Helicopter School at HMAS Albatross is a step closer to lift off with the first group of instructors beginning their training at the multi-million-dollar facility.

Milestone reached - first EC-135 flight

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From left, Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond in front of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

From left, Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond in front of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross.

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). 

Liftoff nears for state-of-the-art helicopter training facility

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Contractors have completed building the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System facility at HMAS Albatross, NSW, and commenced the installation of state-of-the-art simulators. (photo: )

Contractors have completed building the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System facility at HMAS Albatross, NSW, and commenced the installation of state-of-the-art simulators.

Construction of a multi-million-dollar helicopter training facility that will ensure Navy and Army aircrews remain at the cutting edge of military aviation achieved a milestone this month.

Future aircrew training in sights

Published on by LCDR Jeffrey Choat (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

The future and present Command Team of 723 Squadron and the Joint Helicopter Training School. Major Anton Leshinskas (Senior Army Instructor 723 Squadron); Commander Pete Wynter (current Commanding Officer 723 Squadron); and Commander Bruce Willington (designated Commanding Officer 723 Squadron). (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

The future and present Command Team of 723 Squadron and the Joint Helicopter Training School. Major Anton Leshinskas (Senior Army Instructor 723 Squadron); Commander Pete Wynter (current Commanding Officer 723 Squadron); and Commander Bruce Willington (designated Commanding Officer 723 Squadron).

The second and third Airbus EC-135 helicopters of Joint Project 9000 Phase 7 have arrived in Nowra, New South Wales, and will form one of the key elements of aircrew training for Defence aviators.

EC-135 aircrew training in Germany

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The aircrew is the initial cadre of instructors and was in Germany to gain the necessary flying knowledge and skills to provide input into the Boeing Defence Australia’s syllabus design efforts and subsequent verification and validation activities. (photo: Unknown)

The aircrew is the initial cadre of instructors and was in Germany to gain the necessary flying knowledge and skills to provide input into the Boeing Defence Australia’s syllabus design efforts and subsequent verification and validation activities.

Three instructors (two pilots and one aircrew) have spent the last two months at Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, in Germany, training on the Australian Defence Force’s newest aircraft, the EC-135.

Support to helicopter training project on track

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Digital impression of the completed Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems (HATS) facility. (photo: Unknown)

Digital impression of the completed Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems (HATS) facility.

A major step towards delivering a comprehensive helicopter training system for the Australian Defence Force occurred on 12 September with the commencement of a $157 million construction project at HMAS Albatross and Jervis Bay Airfield.