On 29 September 2022, Major General Andreas Schick, Commander EATC, visited this year’s edition of EATC’s disabled aircraft recovery training. DART 2022 took again place in Villafranca di Verona (ITA).
The Commander EATC was warmly welcomed by Major General Michele Oballa, Chief Of Staff of the Italian Air Force Logistic Command and by Colonel Paolo Tamburro, Base Commander of the Italian Air Force 3rd Wing hosting the DART training.
During the Commander’s visit, EATC training experts offered an elaborate inside into DART and DARO*. Major General Schick also visited the training area where more than 80 military personnel from eight nations were trained on four decommissioned aircraft. He was particularly interested in the feedback from the trainees on the new DARO setting and about the takeaways from this multinational training.
Major General Schick highlighted that “air recovery training is essential as an aircraft incident can lead to major disruptions during aircraft operations. This is why EATC offers a unique training with an exceptional opportunity to train, to gain expertise and to learn from each other. DART is also an exclusively multinational training offering trainees from EATC and partner nations to enhance harmonisation and interoperability, and eventually, reduce the logistical footprint by pooling and sharing the needed aircraft recovery equipment.”. The Commander added: “I thank Italy, and in particular Major General Oballa and Colonel Tamburro to host once again this essential training and to make DART 2022 a success for all our nations”.
*”Disabled Aircraft Recovery Officer” training.
DARO targets aircraft recovery team leaders taking responsibility to perform efficient aircraft recovery operations with their teams.
Photo credit: @ Italian Air Force