Interview with Major Peter Gernes, Czech Mod In Run Up To Helicopter Technology Central And Eastern Europe Conference

  • Posted by Natasha
  • March 26, 2018 10:07 AM BST
SMi reports: SMi Group caught up with Major Peter Gerneš, Capability, Development, and Planning - Rotary Wing, Czech MoD to hear his perspectives on the current advancements within the field

In the run-up to SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe  conference, SMi Group caught up with Major Peter Gerneš, Capability, Development, and Planning - Rotary Wing, Czech MoD to hear his perspectives on the current advancements within the field. See below for interview preview. Download the full interview at 

What is your organisation doing to enhance helicopter operations?

We work on many upgrade programs for the Czech Air Force (CZAF). Our goal is to keep old platforms updated and purchase a new multirole helicopter platform for CZAF. We have established a military air advisors international training course for the international Air Advisory Team in Afghanistan

What are the key areas for the development of military helicopter units?

•    High quality and efficient training
•    International cooperation with EU, NATO and PfP partners
•    CT fulfilment
•    The new technologies and technique procurement

What are the future challenges for helicopter operations in terms of operability and procurement?

•    Proper new technology specifications setting in terms of identification the future tasks and missions
•    International cooperation in capability development processes
•    Dealing with time-consuming acquisition processes

How can networking with different nations improve capabilities?

Sharing information with different nations can help to develop more capable and effective pools of capabilities.

Major Peter Gerneš will be presenting at the two-day conference and will discuss: “Bolstering Czech Air Capabilities Through Rotary Procurement”


SMi are delighted to announce Colonel Chad Chasteen, Brigade Commander, 110th Aviation Brigade, US Army has joined this year's highly anticipated event, Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference taking place on 23rd and 24th May 2018. 

Colonel Chasteen will present on: "U.S. Army Aviation - Preparing for the Future". His presentation will focus on the following key points:

  • What we've observed - the changes in the character of warfare
  • The future operating environment and implications
  • Preparing for the future - training and materiel solutions


ALSO presenting from the US are: Colonel David Walsh, USMC H-1 Helicopter Programme Manager, Naval Air Systems Command, US Marine Corps and Major Paul Sheehey, 56th Rescue Squadron, US Air Force Europe.

Visit for registration details.


3rd annual Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe conference
23 - 24 May 2018
Hotel Angelo, Prague, Czech Republic



Gold Sponsors: Bell Helicopter, Leonardo



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