Hungarian helicopter crew wins Simulator HIP CUP 2017 in Ostrava

Ten helicopter crews from six countries took part in the seventh annual international competition of Mil Mi-17/171 (“Hip” in NATO’s code ) operators.

Simulator HIP CUP 2017 winners
Simulator HIP CUP 2017 winners

The competition, held earlier this month, once again delivered an exciting combination of skill, competence and expertise in various flying techniques while using the simulator facilities at the Helicopter Training Point in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The disciplines included the accurate landing of helicopters with, for example, only one engine, demonstrated autorotation and instrument take-off (ITO) proficiency and accuracy skills, followed by the“Red Bull“ race in which the crews had to fly a hypothetical flight path hampered by various obstacles while achieving the fastest time possible. Several exercises were also carried out by flight engineers.

Helicopter Training Point in Ostrava

The contest, comprising Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Kenyan and Slovak airmen was won by the Hungarians; closely followed by the Croats and Slovaks. The HTP Ostrava instructors also awarded a special Crew Resource Management prize to one of the two female Kenyan crew for demonstrating the most effective communication skills while fulfilling flight tasks.

The Helicopter Training Point in Ostrava is just one of the Czech facilities at the Multinational Aviation Training Centre, a project initiated by the Czech Republic in 2011 and endorsed at the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago. It is open to all partners, NATO personnel and countries that operate the Mil Mi-17/171 helicopters. The training centre also provides tactical training and operational English language courses for all helicopter crews including door gunners.

In total, 73 crews from Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Kenya , Poland, Serbia and Slovakia have been participating in this type of competition since its inception, not to mention the hundreds of airmen who have been demonstrating their aircraft operating skills, and sharing their knowledge and experience during their regular courses and exercises each year.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

Courtesy: Aviation and Cosmonautics Magazine, Prague, by Milos Pecha

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September 29, 2017