Why does the E-3A Component need training flights?
Every year, pilots newly arrived at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen receive conversion training so that they are qualified to fly the E-3A AWACS aircraft. In addition, qualified pilots have to maintain their professional skills by accomplishing training flights. The most important aspects of pilot training include air refuelling, takeoff and landing. In numerical terms the training flight requirement is determined by the number of pilots and the duration of their assignment to the E-3A Component.