This Helicopter Training Programme is one of EDA’s most successful stories. Together with Member States, the Agency realised that the lack of transport helicopters deployed into operational scenarios is not that related to the lack of helicopters itself. The training factor seems to be a much more determinant, as the crews are not that well trained to fly in high, dusty or snowy environments, under conditions that reflect the current operational circumstances.
Taking into account Member States' requirements, EDA organises the training for "hot & dusty" or for "snow & mountains" conditions, exactly the scenarios Member States are facing. Up until now, 60 helicopter crews, trained under the Helicopter Training Programme, are flying in Afghanistan.