HATS in the air

Nigel Pittaway tells the story of Australia’s new military helicopter training system and the start of its first courses


The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army commenced flying operations with the EC135 helicopter in September 2016.
Able Seaman Sarah Ebsworth/Royal Australian Navy
An EC135 helicopter painted with the 723 Squadron Taipans logo and Army and Navy, at the top of, and on opposite sides of the helicopter’s fenestron.
Cpl Mark Doran/Australian Army

The first series of rotary-wing pilots and aircrewman courses under Australia’s new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) began in January and will deliver the first ab-initio candidates to operational Army and Navy squadrons for type conversion in the middle of the year.

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