The cadets of the Airborne Mechanics Course graduated two weeks ago. They will go to USA for evacuation training, where they will learn survival and evacuation skills
Noa Fenigstein | Translation: Eden Sharon
The cadets of the IAF Airborne Mechanic Course will go through naval SAR (Search & Rescue) session in the US for the first time. So far, only experienced airborne mechanics took part in such a workshop.
“The purpose of the early training is to provide the cadets with the skills for dealing with such cases from the very beginning of their activity. It is important for them to know how to evacuate in case of emergency”, explains Major Eyal, the course commander.
“Hard work begins now”
Airborne mechanics stand on the border between sky and ground, possessing technical knowledge and a maintenance background, so the job require the best manpower of the IAF technical division.
Staff sergeant Evgeni, who was a CH-53 Sikorsky technician in the “Nocturnal Birds” squadron and graduated the airborne mechanics course two weeks ago, said: “During the flight, you have to use what you’ve learnt on the ground and implement it in the air. Now I understand the meaning of my work on the ground”.
During 18 months of course and operational training in the helicopters squadrons, they study the unique and complex profession of an airborne mechanic.
“When I started the course, there was no guarantee that I would finish it. This uncertainty exists throughout the training”, recalls Staff sergeant Ilan, who graduated the last course and continues his training in the “Desert Birds” squadron. “The course is challenging and long, and sometimes forces you to put a hold on your personal life. You learn how to make decisions when your word is the final word. But the real hard work begins only now, in the operational training”.