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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Australia to Open Joint Helicopter Training School

The Australian Defense Force is establishing a joint helicopter training school in Nowra in New South Wales. The school will be under the helicopter aircrew training system and will train up to 60 pilots, 40 aircrewmen and loadmasters and 12 observers per year. The $500-$700 million project will incorporate advanced training systems and train pilots to fly Sikorsky Aircraft Seahawks, Eurocopter MRH-90s, Kaman Aerospace Corp. Seasprites, Sikorsky Black Hawks, Boeing CH-47 Chinooks, and the Eurocopter Tiger. Nowra was selected for its variety of training environments. New hangars and associated facilities construction is planned to start in 2012 with aircrew training beginning in 2013. More than 100 civilian positions for maintenance, support and training will be created as a result of the new base. For related news




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