Army Aviation

The home of Army aviation plays a big role in the war against Iraq because almost every Army helicopter pilot in the world trains at Fort Rucker.

Fort Rucker officials said the war hasn't had much of an impact there except it's sparked a sense of urgency in the trainees.

The pilots and students know there is a need for them out in the field now.

Instructors said the method of training has changed a little but the training schedule still remains the same.

Many soldiers are trained on the Longbow Apache, which is the most advanced and versatile combat helicopter in the world.

A Fort Rucker commander said the heat is the biggest problem the Apache pilots face in the desert.

And even though Fort Rucker trains pilots from other countries, they said there hasn't been any friction between pilots since the war began.


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