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Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection

Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection
Defence Minister Panos Kammenos' speech on the agreement between the Hellenic Air Force General Staff and the Hellenic Air Sports Federation on fire protection

“It is a great moment today, because two natural partners, the Air Force and the Civilian Aviation are about to sign a memorandum of cooperation which is the beginning of a broader cooperation which should have always existed between the Hellenic Air Force and the Civilian Aviation.

Before undertaking the political leadership of the Ministry of National Defence I was well aware of the Aviation and the flying clubs. I have always believed that the flying clubs and individual pilots of the Civilian Aviation are very close to the work of the Air Force.

One flight hour on a C-130 to perform a patrol while dealing with fires, costs almost as much as 500 flights of Aviation aircraft and helicopters; If one can also add the flight cost of a C-130 which is approximately 15,000 euro while the one of a light aircraft – if we count not only the fuels, but also the real cost including insurance and maintenance – is approximately 100 euro and of a helicopter almost 200 euro.

It is also important that flying clubs are everywhere, all over Greece. The capabilities of drafting flight plans in cooperation between the Hellenic Air Force with the Fire Brigade, particularly on days of high risk, will be able to cover the whole territory. They will be able to cover Thrace, Macedonia, Epirus, Central Greece, Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands and the Aegean islands and prevent many fires.

I believe that this agreement is a very important initiative which does not only include the control over fires in summertime, but it has a special national importance as well, regarding the ground fixes on the Aegean. This is why I believe that it can be extended in winter too, so that expeditions can be carried out of medical personnel, whom the Armed Forces can assign in cooperation with the flying clubs especially on small islands.

We should meet the needs of small islands and, why not take such initiatives so that Greece, the southern and eastern areas of which have sunny weather 360 days per year, can be Europe’s Florida; why not project the Aviation and the possibilities that Greece’s territory can provide and particularly the islands, with tenths of airports that can be used as training premises for the whole Europe.

All this regards the Air Force too because from the moment that the Aviation and this whole idea are developed, young people will be given the opportunity before serving their service, to be trained in the Aviation and then come as pilots either through the Air Force Academy or through the Army Aviation and thus reinforce the air training at an early age.

Another important factor is the search and rescue. Airplanes and helicopters of the Aviation which will be flying over forest areas, if necessary, will be able to contribute also in combating criminality. We intend to coordinate such action with the Federation, which, as I believe, will help our work, but mostly will reinforce the contribution of the Aviation in the community.

The cost reduction that we will achieve this year with the flights of the Aviation and flying clubs will be important, but I believe that the most important is that this year, starting from this cooperation, we will be able to prevent and be informed about the occurrence of forest fires.

Thank you very much.”