WEST helicopter pilots learn to perform combat missions in the mountains of the Caucasus

More than 25 crews of combat helicopters of army aviation in the Western Military District (WEST) launched today by preparing combat training missions at the airport "Nalchik", located in the foothills of Mount Elbrus.

For the majority of pilots and navigators combat helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24 WEST flying in mountainous terrain will be a new milestone in improving their flying skills. Therefore, before performing solo flight in the mountains they will go through an in-depth theoretical knowledge and "run" of experienced crews.
In the course of the fees for mountain training, helicopter flights and will work WEST maneuvering at low altitudes in mountainous conditions, including terrain following, ridges and foothills, perform flying across the mountain gorges.

In addition, the pilots of combat vehicles to be to practice takeoffs and landings from limited in size and unequipped mountain areas at altitudes ranging from 1.5 to 3 thousand meters, including at night.

Flight operations in mountainous terrain — the most complex element of the flight personnel of Army Aviation. The variable height of the terrain, thin air, constantly changing weather conditions — all this greatly complicates the piloting and requires the helicopter crew maximum coherence.

Having successfully passed the stage of mountain training, each crew Army Aviation WEST get a lot of experience in the modes of operation of equipment, close to the limit will increase their flying skills and the level of access to perform complex operations in mountainous terrain.

At the final stage of fees helicopter WEST participate in flight tactical exercise with live firing on the range Mountain in Kabardino-Balkaria. When the fire crews will perform tasks on fire hitting the ground motionless and maneuvering targets from both gunnery and missile weapons, making the most of all the features of the Mi-8 and Mi-24.

Charges on the mountain crew training Army Aviation WEST will last until the end of August. The result of their conduct will be assigned to each crew successfully completed all training and combat tasks, the next flight qualification.

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