The latest group of future pilots and crewmen, possibly destined for Afghanistan, have graduated from the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury. Virtalis is proud to have awarded The Virtalis Trophy which was presented by Virtalis Helicopter Crew Reality (HCR) specialist, David Hendon, to the student weapons systems operator who achieves the highest marks in flying duties and synthetic training.
The reviewing Officer for the graduation, was Air Vice Marshal Sean Reynolds CBE DFC RAF, Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group and Chief of Staff (Operations).
Five special awards were presented to the graduating course members:
The students of No 135 Multi-Engine Advanced Rotary Wing Course Pilots and Weapons Systems Operators have now completed up to 13 months training at RAF Shawbury during which time they have flown across the county in Squirrel and Griffin helicopters. Of the seven graduating pilots, four have gone to Chinook, two to Merlin and one to Search and Rescue. Six of the graduating crewmen will move to the Chinook whilst the other two will move onto the Search and Rescue, Sea King helicopter.
David Cockburn-Price, Virtalis MD, commented: “Virtalis was delighted to award our own Trophy to Sergeant Ollie Smith for his prowess on HCR and in flying duties and we are proud that HCR is such an integral part of helicopter crew training.”
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