Canada takes aviation safety training to Ukrainian Armed Forces

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Article / August 16, 2016 / Project number: cjoc-fs

By: Directorate of Flight Safety, Royal Canadian Air Force

Under Operation UNIFIER, the Canadian Armed Forces has been providing military assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces consisting of capacity-building and training.

As part of the operation, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Directorate of Flight Safety is spearheading an initiative to train up to 60 flight safety specialists and commanding officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces before the end of March 2017. The Ukrainian personnel will study the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) aviation safety concepts, aviation safety management system standards, and how Canada is implementing these in the Canadian military.

“We are proud and very pleased to collaborate with our Ukrainian counterparts on aviation safety matters and I fully support this initiative,” said the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Mike Hood. “We have a world-class flight safety program and have put together a team of experts that is developing a course tailored to meet the needs and expectations of the Ukrainian air force.”

The three-week course, which will be housed at the Lviv Military Academy in Ukraine, will use a combination of classroom instruction, discussion of case studies, and individual work assignments to impart the knowledge to the participants.

Colonel Steve Charpentier, Director of Flight Safety in Ottawa, is leading the project, while  Mr. Jacques Michaud and his team of flight safety specialists are implementing it.

“We see this initiative as an opportunity to share aviation safety best practices with Ukraine,” said Colonel Charpentier. “In that vein, the initiative displays this spirit of cooperation, trust and professionalism between the two nations.”

The course encompasses a wide variety of safety-related topics to help document and prevent incidents. The principles of aircraft accident investigation and coordination of emergency response planning will definitely be covered, but the intent of the course is to provide the attendees with an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) certification and an appreciation of the elements of a good safety management system.

This is not the first time that the Directorate of Flight Safety is imparting its knowledge to the Ukrainians. Earlier this year, officers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces completed a two-week flight safety course in Winnipeg, Manitoba, covering all aspects of the Canadian flight safety program. The course prepared the two officers to carry out the equivalent duties and responsibilities of a Canadian unit flight safety officer and to conduct the supervisory duties and responsibilities of a wing or base flight safety officer.

As of July 2016, more than 1700 Ukrainian Armed Forces candidates have, since the beginning of Operation UNIFIER, participated in individual training provided by the Canadian Armed Forces. The training is conducted in seven different lines of effort that aim at developing specific areas: small team training, combat first aid, explosive ordnance disposal and improved explosive device disposal, military police techniques, logistics modernization, aviation safety management and other training under the Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP).

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