Eight European air forces are participating in European Air Transport Training (EATT) in Zaragoza, Spain, on June 4-15. Like the first EATT in June 2012, also in Zaragoza, the European Defence Agency-initiated training event aims to increase interoperability among European air transport fleets, just as the Tactical Leadership Program and flag exercises do with fighter pilots.
European Defence Agency photo
Participants deployed air transport elements to a deployed operating base and trained in specific airlift disciplines. They also practiced techniques such as advanced mission planning; cargo and personnel airdrops; tactical navigation and threat reaction; tactical air land operations, including tactical recovery, substandard field operations (assault landings), engines running on and offloads and combat offloads; short field landings; formation flying; night operations; aeromedical evacuation; flying in composite air operation packages; and standardised procedures.
Some 350 personnel and 13 aircraft participated: Belgian, Dutch, French and Spanish C-130s with two crews each, a Czech CN-295 with two crews, a French CN-235-300 with two crews, three German C-160s, including a spare, with three crews, an Italian C-27 with two crews, a Spanish C-295 with two crews, and two Swedish C-130s, including one spare, with two crews. Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, the UK and United States sent observers.
EATT is organized by the European Air Transport Fleet Ad Hoc Working Group for Operations Training, which also holds an annual European Air Transport Symposium and will organize a European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course starting in 2014.