Air cadets visit 24th Air Transportation Base at Prague-Kbely

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Within an exchange programme of the International Air Cadets Exchange Association (IACEA), almost thirty aviation students from eight countries visited military air base at Prague-Kbely this July.

Air cadets from Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic met with pilots and ground personnel of the 24th Air Transportation Base at Prague-Kbely and had a chance to view Czech military air equipment at the base and airbase facilities.

Students in age of 17 – 25 were mostly interested in Airbus A-319 CJ, tail number 2801, the so called presidential aircraft. Some of them expressed their wish to pilot also a presidential aircraft sometime in the future, but their childhood dream did not come true so far. Students were highly interested in Russian-made helicopters Mi-8/Mi-17 and original Russian-language marking, instructions and captions inside their cabins.

Personnel of the airbase were surprised and pleased with deep students´ knowledge of air terminology, air slang, and the aviation at all. At the end of their visit, students discussed aviation issues with deputy base commander Lieutenant Colonel Petr Kratochvil who received a certificate from them.

The 16-day-long multi-orientated tour of air cadets in the Czech Republic was enabled by the IACEA programme which supports international understanding, good will and friendship among aviation-minded young people.

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Posted: August 6, 2012