EUAFA

EUROPEAN AIR FORCES ACADEMIES

  GREECE

Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAF

In the context of its curricula, the Hellenic Air Force Academy produces and transmits knowledge to its Cadets in terms of research and teaching the aviation science and technology as well as the relevant theoretical, exact and applied sciences. It develops military virtues and military discipline in order to mould officers of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) with military and aviation consciousness, higher education as well as social, cultural and political instruction & conduct, providing them with all the capabilities that enable them to become competent leaders with comprehensive professional and scientific training. In common with the Universities, the HAFA organizes Post-graduate Studies (PGS) and conducts scientific research in the fields that interest HAF.

The selection of the Cadets follows their success in the Panhellenic Univ. Entrance Examinations as well as their meeting the psycho-technical and athletic tests of professional suitability. There are two options to choose from. The knowledge of the peculiarities and the capabilities required by each option constitutes the substantial criterion for their selection. Nevertheless, the love for the Hellenic Air Force is a determinant element that the soul of every young man or woman wishing to become a Cadet must possess.

At least 2,600 Pilots, 1,200 Engineers and Officers of other specialties depending on HAF’s needs, have graduated from HAFA.

Today, all future Cadets can be assured that the Hellenic Air Force Academy shall always hold its doors open to all those who have the will, the faith and the love to further the HAF’s tradition and history. It is with great care that the Greek State has been improving the conditions, the studies’ environment and, further on, the development of the Cadets and Officers in the Chain of Command respectively. The work of the officer of contemporary HAF is considered to be special and significant by everybody and it is for this reason that he (or she) has the support of the Greek State in all fields, in addition to the respect and admiration he (or she) enjoys from the Greek people.


 Commander

  COMMANDER
  Maj. Gen.
  Petros Chatziris

  

Major General Petros Chatziris is the Commander of the Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAFA).He is responsible for the appropriate scientific, military, social and cultural education, of Pilots, Engineers and other Officers of the Air Force.He was born in Athens. He joined the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1982 and graduated in 1986, as a 2nd Lieutenant. He has more than 3300 flight hours.He has flown with T-41D, T-37B/C, T-2E, T-33A/B, F-104G and A-7E aircraft.He graduated from:

  • Water Survival School
  • Intelligence School
  • Air-to-Ground Operations School
  • Air War College/Junior Officers
  • Air War College/Senior Officers

 Structure

Cadets are offered University level education and proper military training so that they are qualified to successfully carry out their mission as Air Force Officers after their graduation. For a better understanding of the education and training provided by the Academy, the topic is presented in three separate parts as shown on the slide.

  • Academic Staff - Faculty
  • Education and Training provided
  • Education and Training support facilities

A. ACADEMIC STAFF - FACULTY. The Academic faculty is formed by: Dean, Heads of Academic Sections, Professors, Lecturers, Physical education instructors, Foreign language instructors, Academic staff under temporary contract, Military instructors, Flight training instructors. Specifically the Dean organises and directs the academic education and represents the Academy in the academic and research community. He is also responsible for inter-institutional cooperation and faculty appointments.

B. EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROVIDED. The education and training provided to cadets, as already mentioned, consists of Military Training, Academic Education and Flight Training. Studies last for four (4) years.

1. Military Training

During the Basic Military Training special emphasis is applied on Military Education and Evaluation as well as on Army Drills. Cadets then follow a program of Military Training and Education, in order to acquire the necessary qualifications and learning, so as to become officers with integrated personalities. Main goals are self-discipline, devotion to duty, a sense of responsibility, team spirit and acquired virtues of a leader.

2. Academic Education

The objective of Academic Education is to provide University level education to cadets in their respective fields of specialization. During the four years of study cadets attend 3,500 hours of Academic education. At the present time the Air Force Academy provides education and training for officer specializations as shown on the slide:

  • Pilots
  • Engineers
    • Aircraft Engineers
    • Telecommunication Engineers
    • Infrastructure Engineers
  • Air Defense Controllers

Education in the Academy includes: Specialization Subjects, Military Subjects, Social Sciences Subjects, Lectures on topics of General Education, Foreign Languages, Physical Training, Final Year Dissertation, Educational Trips and visits.

The last year of studies cadets are assigned a dissertation topic. The complete work has to be submitted one month before graduation.

3. Flight Training

The total flight training program of the Academy consists of 249 sorties amounting to 290 flight hours.

a. The screening phase takes place during the first year of study at the 360th Flying Training Squadron, on a T-41 and P200JF aircraft.

b. The initial phase is carried out during the second year of study on a T-6 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.

c. The basic phase is carried out during the third year of study on a T-6 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.

d. The advanced and operational phases are carried out after cadet graduation (as second lieutenants) on a T-2 A/C at the 120th Flight Training Wing.

C. EDUCATION AND TRAINING SUPPORT FACILITIES

The facilities available to the Academy contribute to the successful accomplishment of the Military, Physical, Academic and Flight Training syllabus. More specifically, are presented: The newly-developed premises, The laboratories, The flight training means, And the Olympic standard athletic facilities.

The Academy installations include: the administration premises, classrooms, laboratories, dormitories, halls, a library and an amphitheater.

The Academy laboratories are equipped with modern experimental facilities where cadets perform exercises and experiments which help consolidate and expand their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. The Academy’s existing laboratories are shown on the slide: Physics, Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Propulsion systems, Aircraft systems, Strength of Materials, Telecommunications, General electronics, Microprocessors.

The flying means available to the Academy in Base are the T-41 and P2000JF A/C and Flight simulators.

Last but not least, the athletic facilities of the academy; were used as part of the Athens 2004 Olympics.

  Contact

Address

  • 227-231 Mesogion Ave.
  • Postal Code 155 61, Cholargos
  • GREECE
  • Phone numbers, Email

  • tel.+30 210 659 1016
  • fax. +30 210 6428239
  • email: pubrel.hafgs@haf.gr

  • Web Page

  • www.haf.gr
  •  Images from Academy

    Commandant’s Conference

    In 1993 the European Air Chiefs Conference (EURAC) was established with the main objective finding new methods of study and co-operation among European Air Forces – within and out of NATO. In this context a considerable importance has been given for a common vision in the ways of education and formation of future officers

    Consequently the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) Commanders’ Conference has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training.

    EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training.

    The (EUAFA) Commandants’ Conference comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the following European countries:

    AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIK, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, HUNGARY, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UNITED KINGDOM.

    The members of the conference annually elect a Chairman, who is responsible for the preparation of the meetings and who acts as Point of Contact (POC) for all members.

    The Chairman, who is appointed for one year for the period between two Commandants’ Conferences, is the Commandant (or his representative) of the Academy that is designated to host the conference at the end of his term.

    Experts’ Working Group

    In order to find common elements within the syllabi of the EUAFAs a Working Group was established in 1998. The ultimate goal was to identify portions of the individual training and education programs that might be suitable for common training and/or mutual exchanges

    The EUAFA Working Group is responsible for the following tasks: view the member nations syllabi and focus on common fields within which to provide a basis for future co-operation in training and cadet exchanges; gather, update and disseminate the Databank (available at the website, and updated by the appropriate Working Group member) containing:

    • An overview of educational systems.
    • The structure organisational diagram of each participating country.
    • The educational syllabus of each academy.
    • The pilot education, training and timeframes in each academy.

    In order to achieve a better understanding regarding main areas of training in each country’s officer training syllabus and from which common areas of interest could be found:

    • Discuss and prepare agenda items for the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
    • Present the findings of the Working Group Meeting including proposals for future activities to the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
     
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