NAVAL AVIATION SCHOOL
The emblem of the Naval Aviation School features a young seagull wearing a pilot helmet and carrying a school bag, one torpedo in its right wing and one diploma scroll in the other. The little seagull symbolizes the personnel being trained to become naval aviators, learning at the same time how to battle. The torpedo represents the basic air-dropped anti-submarine weapon and the diploma scroll certificates the standardization of the training procedures. The emblem is completed with a band indicating the name of the School.
The Hellenic Naval Aviation School (HNAS), initially called as Hellenic Naval Helicopter School, was founded in 1992 at Kotroni Airport by the Presidential Decree 37/92, which described the organization and defined the legal framework governing its operation. On 7th May 2021, after the establishment of Hellenic Naval Aviation Command (HNAC), arose the need to evolve Aviation School, in order to provide training also for maritime patrol aircrafts. In this context, the founding of the Naval Aviation School was established by the Presidential Decree 27/21, as a continuation of the Naval Helicopter School.
The mission of HNAS is to provide theoretical, technical and practical training and to develop a unified spirit among the trainees, in order to provide executives capable of fully utilizing the capabilities of the flying means and air-maritime services of the HN.
Since the founding, the Naval Helicopter School initially and the Naval Aviation School nowadays have provided basic and advanced training for naval aviators. More than 50 Helicopter (AL-III, AB-212, S70, AS 365N3) and Aircraft (P-3B) Operator training courses have been accomplished, as well as Aircraft and Helicopter Maintenance Technicians, Flight Crews and Equipment Operator schools for all Hellenic Navy and Coast Guard flying assets. Training is also provided to Helicopter Carrier Flight Deck Crews (FDO-FDD-DCL) and land base heliport personnel.
HNAS finally organizes periodic training seminars of aeronautical knowledge, Aviation and Ground Safety courses, Crew Resource Management (CRM) courses etc.
Since March 2009, the Helicopter Underwater Escape School (HELO DUNKER) has been operating in a specially designed enclosed water tank, which provides specialized training to flight crews and passengers to acquire the ability to escape from a submerging helicopter under any conditions, with or without the use of a breathing apparatus.
Since the start of its operation until today, 1,000 training courses of 10 persons per day on average have been counted, i.e. 10,000 trainees from Greece or abroad distributed in initial training and maintenance sessions. The training provided since October 2011 is in accordance with JAROPS 3.965(a)(3)(iii)(D) Water Survival Training standards. Facilities and infrastructure of other branches of the Army, Air Force, HNHQ and civilian training providers may be used through a framework of cooperation between the parties.
HNAS participates the last years in the International Defence Exhibition Athens “DEFEA”, in the Thessaloniki International Fair, in “Posidonia” Exhibition and in “Kavala EXPO”.