On the MD Helicopters’ Contractor Logistics Support (MD530 CLS) program at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, DynCorp International (DI) personnel observed and mentored an Afghan Air Force (AAF) team load two AMD530 light-attack helicopters into a C-130, a large military transport aircraft.
“This is the first time in the program’s history that the Afghans conducted an AMD530 load-out,” said Noel Shorts, MD530 CLS program manager.
The Afghan personnel are trainees of the MD530 CLS Maintainer Training program. In addition to maintaining the AAF fleet of AMD530 aircraft, DI trains Afghan Air Force personnel to empower them to become Airframe and Power Plant (A&P) level maintenance mechanics. As part of that training and transition effort, DI team members mentored the AAF personnel in loading and securing the AAF AMD530 helicopters onto an AAF C-130.
“We simply observed and made minor recommendations as the Afghans took charge of the load-out procedure,” said MD530 CLS Director of Maintenance Clem Flatt. “The Afghans are extremely motivated and competent. We are very proud of the students’ progress in all facets of helicopter maintenance and operations.”
MD530 CLS Maintenance Floor Lead James Hendrick was instrumental in mentoring the AAF maintenance team, advising the AAF mechanics as they ‘tore-down’ the two AMD530 aircraft for shipment on the C-130. James said, “I was able to step back and the Afghan team knew exactly what to do. They followed the maintenance manuals perfectly and took personal pride in doing the job correctly.”
“Our program is very proud and honored to work with a tremendous group of Afghans,” said Dale Pacwa, MD530 CLS deputy program manager. “They truly want the best for their nation and that pride is displayed on a daily basis by their dedication and work ethic.”