CASEVAC vs MEDEVAC Aircraft

Armed forces rely on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) aircraft to transport: Wounded (combat) personnel; Injured (non-combat) personnel; and Ill personnel. While borders between both types of mission can be fluid (and the terms sometimes used interchangeably, even by armed forces), there are some general factors defining each. CASEVAC CASEVAC is normally an… Read More

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New Tri-Service Rotary Wing Flying Training System Takes Off!

Army Air Corps (AAC) soldiers were among the first British armed forces pilots to graduate from the new rotary wing UK military flying training system. A total of thirteen (13) pilots and nine (9) rear crew completed the Tri-Service programme at RAF Shawbury, where a raft of cutting-edge equipment has helped prepare them for the… Read More

Reduced Pilot Alertness & Non-Technical Skills

Research Paper Title Flight Performance Aspects During Military Helicopter Flights. Background A flight is composed of many flight performance aspects. However, not all of these aspects are equally important for the success and safety of a flight. When investigating the influence of a stressor on flight performance, it is important to understand not only which… Read More

What is the RAF Chinook Display Team?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Display Team. 2.0    What is the Purpose of the RAF Chinook Display Team? The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook Display Team (CDT) displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and air movements to… Read More

What is the Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT)?

1.0    Introduction This article provides an overview of the British Army’s Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT). 2.0    What is the Purpose of the AHDT? The AHDT displays (almost) every year throughout the season at a number of national air shows using commentary and pyrotechnics to give the general public a flavour of what it is… Read More

What is Cobham Aviation Services?

Cobham Aviation Services is responsible for providing the aircraft, engineering, training facilities, and for continuing airworthiness at the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS). They maintain a first-line engineering presence at RAF Valley and first-line/depth engineering facility at RAF Shawbury. Approximately 40% of all aircrew instructors at DHFS are ex-military Cobham employees.

What is the Defence Helicopter Flying School?

The Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) is located at RAF Shawbury, with a permanent detachment at RAF Valley. The DHFS provides basic helicopter training for pilots from the three Services, as well as foreign and Commonwealth countries, using both Griffin and Squirrel helicopters. The DHFS was formed on 01 April 1997 and, although it is… Read More