“Coronel Mate” airbase is the place to be for every new Spanish Army Aviator, as the base houses the FAMET training center (Centro de Enseñanza de Helicópteros de FAMET, CEFAMET). Flying some 10 EC-135T2 and T2+ versions CEFAMET receives pilot candidates as soon as they have graduated the elementary flying course on behalf of the Spanish Air Force. The training phase with the Spanish Air Force, which includes the basic training, is with EC120 Colibri and S76. That takes place in the Air Force Helicopter School in Armilla, Granada. According to the pilot training course, all the pilot candidates that attend the pilot course are already full commissioned officers or non-commissioned officers (NCO), already graduated from the military academy. They are no longer cadets. This system is changing now and the future NCO,s will be trained as pilots during the academy period. The whole pilot training course comprises around 200 flight hours (including the phase with the Air Force and CEFAMET). After graduating as a pilot, the officer or NCO is posted to one of the Helicopter Battalions and is there when he/she takes the type rating course for the specified helicopter available at that unit.