In the period from March 13 to 31, 2023, the Austrian Armed Forces will conduct exercises with up to seven helicopters of various types and four fixed-wing aircraft. They mainly fly in Upper and Lower Austria. Civilian airfields - with the exception of those in Ottenschlag - are left out.
“The cooperation of helicopters is an extremely complex undertaking and requires intensive preparation and therefore regular practice. This 'helicopter tactics course' enables the air force to master challenging processes in a wide variety of threat scenarios and the necessary procedures in operations. The current security situation in Europe shows how important it is to train in military procedures and thus be prepared for emergencies," said Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP).
In the period from March 13th to 31st, 2023, transport helicopters S-70 “Black Hawk”, Agusta Bell 212 and fixed-wing aircraft such as PC-6 and 7 fly during the “helicopter tactics course” on weekdays, except on Saturdays, generally between 08:00 and 18:00 p.m. There is no flight at night. The aim is to teach the prospective operational pilots how to fly tactically at different altitudes – including low-level flight – and at different speeds. Take-off and landing is at the air bases Brumowski in Langenlebarn, Vogler in Hörsching and Hinterstoisser in Zeltweg. This training also serves as preparation for the "Hot Blade 2023" exercise abroad in Portugal.
In Upper Austria, flights are mainly in the districts of Freistadt, Eferding, Linz Land, Rohrbach, Urfahr surrounding, Grieskirchen, Perg, Steyr Land, Wels Land, Gmunden and in Lower Austria especially in the districts of Waidhofen/Thaya, Retz, Horn, St. Pölten town and country, Amstetten, Zwettl, Gmünd, Melk, Krems, Tulln surroundings, Hollabrunn, Mistelbach, Korneuburg and Mödling. The use of detonation, marking, flare and signal ammunition is intended. Occasionally, orange signal smoke is used to mark heliports outside barracks.