Centrum Leteckého Vycviku LOM
Words and photography Vincent Loedeman
In May 2009 Touchdown Aviation were guests at the Czech Air Force Centrum Leteckého Vycviku LOM (Centre of Air training / CLV) at Pardubice air base in the Czech Republic. The history of CLV is very young, it was established on the first of April 2004, after the disbandement of 34 zSecL on November 30, 2003. The Centre of Air training was established as a new a part of LOM Praha, and is located at Pardubice air base.
All students start with the elementary flying course on the Zlin Z142C-AF. After 50 flight hours the students are evaluated and assigned to the advanced training on either fast jets, helicopter or transport aircraft. This training is also provided by the CLV.
The fast jet training is flown with the L-39C Albatross in as well the basic as the advanced role. After 200 hours on the Albatross, the student will be assigned to his or her definitive type. In case of the JAS 39C/D Grippen he or she will move to Sweden where the type conversion takes place as part of the lease agreement under which the Czech Air Force operates the Grippen. In case of the L-39ZA Albatross and the L-159A ALCA, the students will move to Čáslav where the type conversion will take place with one of the operational squadrons of 21.zlt "Zvolenská".
Students for the transport fleet get their training on the Let L-410 from where the students will go to the operational L-410 squadron (242.tsl) at Praha-Kbely after 100 flight hours. Students that will be assigned to the Antonov An-26 will move to Kbely air base for their conversion training on the An-26. In the near future the Antonov 26 will be replaced by the CASA C-295.
Elementary helicopter training is flown on the venerable Mi-2 Hoplite. After 100 flight hours on the type the students will move on to the transport helicopter course also provided by CLV. This advanced course is flown on the Mi-17 Hip. After 110 flight hours the students are ready to go to their operational squadron, with 23 zvrl. "Edvard Beneš", at Přerov. Students that are assigned to the Mi-24/35 Hind will go to Náměšť nad Oslavou to get the type conversion with 22.zl "Biskajská".
Vincent would like to thank all personnel form CLV at Pardubice airfield and in special Mister Karel Kreck, for their great help and hospitality.