The Colombian Air Force has recently received its 60th Th-67 “Creek” helicopter from the U.S. Army for its Regional Helicopter Training Center (RHTC). Such an idea came after the signature of the so called “Plan Colombia” in late 1990s between both nations. This program provides funding for military and police forces in support of counter drug and counter terrorism, but not exclusively for Colombia.
Early on, the three phase Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training was made in Ft Rucker, Dale County, Alabama. Such a course was given by Spanish speaking contractors but after the 1999 agreements, an effort was made to transfer this course to the Colombian Air Force’s 4th Combat Command (CACOM 4) to which Th-67 helicopters were provided and the’ then called Joint Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training and now Regional Helicopter Training Center began as a proven and cost effective course.
This RHTC welcomed students from México, Paraguay, Uruguay, Perú, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panamá, Chile, República Dominicana and Guatemala, among other nations even from Africa to train in Th-67, UH-1H and Bell 212. Right after that, both pilots and technicians can continue their training on the 5th Combat Command to which UH-60 Black Hawks are assigned, recently with Brazilian and Chilean students.