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Pardubice, East Bohemia, June 22 (CTK) - U.S. and Afghan helicopter pilots will train at the airport in Pardubice from July to September, Pardubice Mayor Stepanka Frankova told reporters Wednesday.
The Centre of Air Training in Pardubice is operated by the LOM Praha state firm subordinate to the Defence Ministry.
The Honeywell U.S. company has ordered the training of foreign pilots and air personnel in Pardubice. The company is focused on aviation and defence and it has a branch in the Czech Republic, LOM Praha spokeswoman Martina Fiserova told CTK.
Each training group should comprise six to eight pilots and the courses will last from seven to ten weeks. The other course is to end by the end of September at the latest.
The municipal authority expressed fears of high noise in the surroundings of the airport during the training.
However, the airport assured locals that it should meet the noise limits, Frankova said.
Foreign pilot will use the Mi-17 helicopters that are less noisy than the slower Mi-2s.
The flying training will last four to five weeks out of the total length of the course.
The helicopters will fly on weekdays at 10:00 and the flights will end at 14:00 on Friday. The pilots should undergo the minimal number of night flights and the helicopters should land at 22:00 at the latest.
Only two helicopters that are currently at disposal in Pardubice will be used for the training, Frankova said.
The Gripen supersonic fighters were sent to Pardubice from the repaired airport in Caslav, central Bohemia, in early June. Some of the fighters that operate under NATO's direct command can fly at the weekend as well.