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307th Bomb Wing, Airbus collaborate on training

Two people sit inside a helicopter.

Kent Stevens, instructor pilot for Airbus, and Lt. Col. Aaron Bohl pilot a H-125 helicopter at the Airbus facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, September 8, 2021. Airbus is an international helicopter company that provides training on its products to maintenance teams and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tambri Cason)

A group of people stand near a H-125 helicopter.

Airmen assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing, gather for a safety briefing during a visit with technical instructors at the Airbus Helicopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, September 8, 2021. During this visit Airmen saw demonstrations with software, tools, and simulators used at the company’s training site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tambri Cason)

Three people stand near a helicopter rotor.

Master Sgt. Ed Wytaske, first sergeant, assigned to the 307th Operations Support Squadron describes aspects of rotor maintenance during a visit with technical instructors at the Airbus Helicopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, September 8, 2021. When Wytaske isn’t working as a traditional reservist, he works full time for Airbus as an avionics technical instructor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tambri Cason)

A man stand looking out at a helicopter in the sky.

An Airbus pilot looks at the H-125 Helicopter in flight at the Airbus Helicopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, September 8, 2021. Airbus is an international helicopter company that provides training on its products to maintenance teams and aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tambri Cason)

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Members of the 307th Bomb Wing traveled to exchange training ideas with Airbus instructors at their facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, Sept. 8, 2021.

Airbus is an international helicopter company that provides training on its products to maintenance teams and aircrew. The 307th Bomb Wing, as part of its mission, is responsible for all initial and requalification training for all potential B-52 Stratofortress aircrew in the Air Force.

The collaboration was the brainchild of Master Sgt. Ed Wytaske, 307th Operations Support Squadron first sergeant. When he isn’t working as a traditional reservist, Wytaske works full time for Airbus as an avionics technical instructor.

“I saw it as an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas on training techniques between the two schoolhouses,” he said.

During the idea exchange, B-52 instructors and wing leadership from the 307th OSS, the 307th Operations Group, and the 93rd bomb squadron were able to ask Airbus aviation, pilot, and maintenance instructors about their best practices. They also saw demonstrations with software, tools, and simulators used at the company’s training site.

Col. David Anderson, 307th OG commander, said the idea exchange offered the B-52 instructors a unique perspective.

“Our instructors were able to share best practices and virtual reality training ideas with leaders in the aviation industry,” he said. “That insight can help give us some idea of where we are in our training and ways to move forward in the future.”

Both Anderson and Wytaske affirmed that this first collaboration between the two entities was productive and spoke of the possibility for future idea exchanges.