Home' Army News : June 29th 2017 Contents Cpl Mark Doran
WHEN Navy aircrewman WO Craig Daniel, of the
Joint Helicopter School, first heard about the HATS
program, he was immediately interested in being
He was so keen he wrote to his posting officer to
tell him he wanted to be involved in the future of the
WO Daniel said the initial priority for himself and
the Standards Aircrewman Instructor – Army WO2
Phil Laycock was the train-the-trainer phase.
“We need to test, evaluate, verify and validate
the complete training management plan of Training
Authority Aviation and our presentations to ensure
they meet the students’ learning objectives,” he said.
“The presentations at HATS will include those
in the classroom as well as synthetic training on the
simulator or live on the aircraft.
“When using the aircrewman virtual reality train-
ers, students will be wearing virtual reality goggles to
practise their winch/hoist techniques.”
WO Daniel is undergoing conversion training for
the EC135 and keeping his currency on the Bell 429
at 723 Sqn while he tests the HATS training solution.
Junior aircrew initially train in the EC135 and
will progress to operational conversion courses on
the MH60R Seahawk, MRH90 Taipan, S-70A-9
Black Hawk or CH47F Chinook at the first available
WO Daniel said WO2 Laycock had similar train-
ing background with his Black Hawk aircrew experi-
ence with Army Aviation in Townsville and Sydney,
as well as his time spent at the Army Helicopter
School in Oakey, Queensland.
“We will soon have more Army and Navy aircrew-
men instructors, but we also have six Boeing aircrew-
man instructors on the team,” he said.
“We plan for a maximum of 14 students on our
first course next year – eight Army and six Navy.
“There will, however, be small differences in the
training for soldiers and sailors.
“For example, sailors will learn diver drops in a
wetsuit as part of the surface swimmer component
and do five jumps from the EC135 for their initial
“This will be a great achievement for the school as
a training institution with the ability to rely on its own
“Navy aircrewmen will do more tactical flying
than previously taught, while Army aircrewmen will
have additional focus on confined area operations,
gunnery and formation flight.”
WO Daniel said it was fantastic to see the four
different backgrounds of personnel in the joint work-
force working together on the training solution at
“It’s been a massive task for the people from
Boeing, Army, Navy and Thales and gratifying to see
the system work for the ADF,” he said.
“For many years Navy was an entity within itself,
now we can expose ourselves to see how Army does
aviation and vice-versa.
“There is so much experience with the staff at the
school who have been able to put the complete solu-
tion together to deliver highly competent aircrewmen
at the end of their training.”
WO Daniel said Army and Navy were looking for
ambitious, career-minded personnel for the aircrew-
“We want people who display the ability to learn
electronic systems, then operate them and know why
and how they operate,” he said.
“It’s probably the most challenging role an NCO
could do, but it’s very fulfilling.”
WO2 Laycock said Army and Navy had been
operating on separate systems until now.
“In the long-term our procedures and terminol-
ogy will become more synchronised and allow more
exchange and the ability to swap aircrew between the
two services,” he said.
“It’s exciting to be a part of the HATS program
and be facing the diverse range of tasks we need to
do to establish the joint training solution by the end
of the year.”
WO2 Laycock said ADF aircrewmen needed to be
able to make decisions quickly.
“We are often facing complex and changing envi-
ronments where what needs to be done may require a
quick risk assessment and decision-making process,”
“The aircraft can operate in close proximity to
obstacles, which means aircrewmen need to judge
what is appearing before them and make their actions
in a timely manner.”
Training the trainers is key to success
June 29, 2017
6 Helicopter Aircrew Training System
‘Extraordinary level of realism’
Cpl Mark Doran
FLIGHT simulators at HATS will
ensure safe and cost-effective training
to prepare pilots for standard flights,
specific missions and emergency situ-
ations with an extraordinary level of
Two of the three 6.5 tonne full-motion
flight training devices have already been
delivered and installed in the purpose
built training facility.
The simulators’ high-resolution dis-
play systems are capable of reproducing
a field of view of 170 degrees horizon-
tally by 80 degrees vertically from a
full-scale detailed replica of the cockpit,
with true-to-life flight functionality and
It is possible to simulate three-
dimensional scenarios such as offshore
platforms, accident scenes and heliports
with weather conditions such as fog,
snow and clouds, or poor visibility from
brownout or whiteout, inside a dome six
metres in diameter.
Thales site manager Mark Town, of
the Joint Helicopter School, said the
cockpit had an instructor operator station
behind the pilot’s seat, which allowed the
instructor to observe students and con-
trol the simulation.
“If an instructor joins the student in
the front of the cockpit they can use port-
able devices to control the simulation
and provide training,” he said.
“The database from which the scene
is generated represents about a third
of NSW and the ocean area to the east
including detailed airfields at HMAS
Albatross, Goulburn and Canberra, and
the satellite airfield at Jervis Bay.
“The forces trainees will experience
while using the controls, dials, buttons
and switches to control the aircraft are
“As a Level B simulator, it will allow us
to deliver the quality and fidelity of train-
ing we need at the school for future Army
and Navy pilots and aircrew, including
advanced mission-based scenarios.
“We will have pilots in here who have
never flown a helicopter before and their
first experience of attempting to do so
will be in a simulator allowing us to cover
a large set of exercises we couldn’t
effectively replicate in an actual helicop-
ter, or could put us at risk or damage the
The six-degree-of-freedom simula-
tor incorporates day, night, infrared and
night vision capabilities, affording a safe
and effective method of training.
Aircrewmen sought for exciting opportunities
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