Honduras Hosts Regional Training Program for Air Forces of Five Countries

Honduras Hosts Regional Training Program for Air Forces of Five Countries

By Dialogo
August 13, 2015

I don't see what the fuss is. They think they're Einstein. A vest adapted for Breasts and done. Respectfully. I want to know about a Honduran woman who died in Guatemala Honduras is hosting a regional training program for the air forces of five countries. The Conference of Central American Air Forces (CEFAC in Spanish) provided security training to close to two dozen pilots from the air forces of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic from July 30 to July 24.
The Honduran Air Force is very well regarded internationally

The Conference of Central American Forces (CEFAC) provided safety training for about two dozen pilots from the Air Forces of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic between June 30 and July 24.

Honduran Air Force pilots conducted the training, which was part of an ongoing CEFAC program at the Honduran Air Force's Hernán Acosta Mejía Base, in Tegucigalpa, to help Military pilots in the region hone their skills in safety procedures. The organization holds training programs in different countries and conducts training in Honduras annually.

“Pilot training is one of our strengths,” Honduran Armed Forces spokesman, Colonel José Antonio Sánchez, said. “Our Air Force’s history dates back to 1934, so we have the necessary labs, equipment, and schools to hold these training sessions. Furthermore, because of the relationship we sustain with the U.S. Armed Forces, our instructors have studied in the United States and have the credentials to provide the training. Our aim is to increase the proficiency of our pilots and that of our guests.”

During the three-week seminar, pilots shared their experiences and engaged in instrumental and air navigation procedures, skills that are crucial in adverse weather conditions.

“The exchange of experiences is important,” Honduran Air Force Captain Gerson Ramos said. “This communication allows us to learn from each other and we end up better equipped to handle situations we may be involved in.”

Reducing accidents and improving efficiency

The goal of the training is to prepare pilots to respond to emergency situations, avoid accidents, and maximize their efficiency and effectiveness, and all Military pilots are required to participate in refresher courses.

“This type of training is vital so we can successfully complete our missions and not make mistakes in the future,” Capt. Ramos said. “We do not have a margin of error. Errors are tragic. We can’t afford the luxury of committing them.”

“We are reaching almost 6,000 days without an accident,” thanks to strong security measures on the ground and in flight, Capt. Ramos added. “We always expect the unexpected. When it happens, our reaction needs to be immediate. We assist with search and rescue operations in open seas or when there are severe vehicle accidents in any of the nation’s highways. The lives of the people we transport also depend on our constant training.”

Such safety precautions are an important part of the humanitarian missions the Honduran Air Force carries out, sometimes on very short notice.

“We have a program called Alas para la Salud
— Wings for Health,” Capt. Ramos explained, with which the Air Force transports (by plane or helicopter) sick patients who may not have the means to travel and are usually from remote areas throughout Honduras to main hospitals in urban centers as well as during emergencies. “We have teams, always ready, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, for situations like these.”

A humanitarian mission to Tegucigalpa

In June, Air Force pilots flew 15 people from La Mosquitia to Tegucigalpa, where they underwent eye surgery before being transported back to their home.

One of the patients the pilots transported, Ana Ivis López Martínez, was grateful.

“This flight, given to us free of charge, is a big help that has been facilitated to us from La Mosquitia, because we are very poor people, and it was impossible for us to travel," López Martínez told the national newspaper La Tribuna.
"Thank God we have been brought.”

CEFAC's safety training is particularly relevant for missions in the Honduran capital, because Toncontín International Airport (TGU) in Tegucigalpa is a challenging facility for pilots to land in. The airstrip's approach is considered difficult under the best weather conditions and even more challenging in inclement weather.

The pilots responded positively to the training and the security standards, concluded Capt. Ramos.