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5th EDA HTIC completed

5th EDA HTIC completed

The European Defence Agency’s 5th Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), which ran over several weeks at Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Linton-on-Ouse (North Yorkshire, UK) and Arvidsjaur Airfield in Lapland (Sweden), was successfully completed in July. The course began in May with a four-week classroom phase, which included simulator exercises at Linton-on-Ouse, followed by… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-Aug-17

EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017, which was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces, came to an end on Thursday 11 May 2017 and was officially closed by the acting Chief of the Hungarian Air Force, Colonel Pal Szűcs and LTC Roel Cuppes, who represented the EDA. This was the 11th helicopter exercise under the umbrella of… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-May-17

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11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017 (FB17) will take place at Papa Airbase in Hungary from 1-12 May 2017 with around 500 personnel and 16 aircraft taking part from 5 Member States. This is the 11th Helicopter exercise to be conducted under the umbrella of EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP). The European Defence Agency continues to offer… Read more »

Source: EDA, 08-May-17

Jorge Domecq extended as EDA Chief Executive

Jorge Domecq extended as EDA Chief Executive

Following a proposal by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, as Head of the European Defence Agency, EDA Member States have decided unanimously to extend the initial three year mandate of Jorge Domecq as Chief Executive of the Agency for an additional two years,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 04-May-17

5th EDA HTIC to ‘take off’ with home-grown teachers

5th EDA HTIC to ‘take off’ with home-grown teachers

The 5th in the series of Helicopter Tactics Instructors Courses (HTIC) to be ran by EDA on behalf of Member States will kick off on 15 May 2017 at Royal Air Force (RAF) Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.  The HTIC has grown significantly over the four previous courses both in terms of scope and… Read more »

Source: EDA, 28-Mar-17

11th Edition of EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme Confirmed for May

11th Edition of EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme Confirmed for May

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017 will be hosted by Hungary at Pápa Airbase and takes place from the 1st to the 12th of May. 17 air assets and 450 personnel are expected to take part in this live fire focused training exercise. FIRE BLADE 2017 (FB17) marks the 11th helicopter exercise under the umbrella of the… Read more »

Source: EDA, 05-Mar-17

10th EDA Helicopter Training Exercise Programme takes off in Belgium

10th EDA Helicopter Training Exercise Programme takes off in Belgium

Exercise BLACK BLADE is hosted by Belgium at Florennes airbase and takes place from the 14th of November to the 2nd of December. Over 400 personnel will take part in this exercise, with a total of 14 air assets from 4 Member States being deployed. This edition marks the 10th helicopter exercise under the umbrella… Read more »

Source: EDA, 18-Nov-16

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

A contract for the Enhanced RPAS Automation (ERA) project was signed between the EDA and a multinational industrial consortium in mid-December 2015. The project will support the widespread use of both civil and military RPAS in non-segregated airspace in Europe in general and their integration in airport operations in particular, addressing several capability gaps identified… Read more »

Source: EDA, 17-Feb-16

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Final results of Italian Blade 2015

Final results of Italian Blade 2015

The latest flying event organised as part of the Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) was successfully conducted from 22 June to 3 July in Viterbo, Italy. More than 1000 personnel and 30 helicopters from seven countries attended this multinational training, the largest of its kind organised in Europe this year. Over the course of Italian Blade… Read more »

Source: EDA, 09-Jul-15

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EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

Italian Blade 2015, the 8th training event organised under the framework of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), will start on 22 June in Viterbo, Italy. Gathering about 40 helicopters from seven different countries, it will be one of the largest exercises organised since the establishment of the HEP. Aircraft from Austria, Belgium,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 16-Jun-15

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Fifth edition of the Helicopter Tactics Symposium held in Prague

Fifth edition of the Helicopter Tactics Symposium held in Prague

The fifth edition of this event provided a forum for detailed discussion to 60 helicopter tactics instructors and experts coming from 12 countries, as well as representatives of the Helicopter Tactics Course (HTC), Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), AIRCOM Ramstein and NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ). Briefings and discussions covered the latest lessons learned… Read more »

Source: EDA, 05-Dec-14

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Building cooperation at Hot Blade 2014

Building cooperation at Hot Blade 2014

Ovar, July 24 2014. A distinguished visitors (DV) day is taking place today at Ovar airbase, Portugal, as part of the European helicopter exercise Hot Blade 2014 held 16-30 July. The EDA-supported event again delivered tangible results by allowing cooperative training and improving interoperability between the six participating Member States. As of July 23, 163… Read more »

Source: EDA, 01-Aug-14

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DCI wins EDA “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus” Study

DCI wins EDA “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus” Study

Défense Conseil International (DCI) just won the bid “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus Harmonisation Study (2 HS)” launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The study, which will be presented next June, is aiming at implementing a European reference syllabus concerning the ab initio training of helicopter pilots. The importance of this project had been… Read more »

Source: DCI, 17-Feb-14

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EDA publishes report on Common Security and Defence Policy in Europe

EDA publishes report on Common Security and Defence Policy in Europe

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Head of the European Defence Agency, published her final report in preparation of the European Council in December where Heads of State and Government will discuss security and defence topics. The report follows the three clusters defined by President van Rompuy… Read more »

Source: EDA, 16-Oct-13

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First European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course

First European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course

FOURTEEN STUDENTS from Germany and Sweden together with four observers from Austria and Hungary participated in the first European Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (EHTIC) which was successfully organised in two parts. The classroom and simulator phase took place from 08 – 28 April in the UK (RAF Linton-on-Ouse) and the life flying phase was hosted… Read more »

Source: Tangent Link, 10-Jun-13

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OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

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First European Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course Started

First European Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course Started

The EDA in partnership with Rotary Wing Operational Evaluation and Training Unit (RWOETU) from the UK and the Swedish Armed Forces, has developed a European Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (EHTIC) as a sub-project to the EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP).  The aim is to develop a common train-the-trainer capacity to assist in future harmonisation and… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-Apr-13

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