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Northern NSW : Celebrating 40 years Rescue December2015
Conducted at an aviation academy at Arlanda, near Stockholm, the four- day program uses a Category D Bell 412 simulator, which allows pilots and crew to experience and respond to various emergency scenarios. The four-man squad included the Service’s Chief Pilot Mike de Winton and Head of Training and Checking Peter Cook who conducted the training, along with Line Pilots Stuart O’Malley, Graeme Anderson and David Lamb who undertook the course. Both Mike and Peter are fully qualified multi-engine instructors and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved flight simulator instructors. The pilots were able to fly simulated ‘sorties’, which included winching from a collier at sea, conducting retrieval from a mine site with mine safety personnel and night- time evacuations from a cliff. Other training covered recreating and continually practising possible emergency situations including double engine failures and tail rotor failure, to list just a few, which can’t be practised in ‘real life’. Special Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) allowed the pilots to learn how to better cope under ‘high stress’ situations through best practice co ordination and communication. LOFT training specifically targets scenarios such as flights conducted in severe weather conditions causing flight path diversions or managing with low fuel. Mr de Winton says such specialised training is invaluable when it comes to keeping the Service’s pilots on top of their game. ‘Using this top of the line, full motion and visual simulator allows us to test the ultimate potential of our pilots,’ Mr de Winton said. ‘Th is type of elite training makes them better prepared to deal with any rescue or retrieval mission under any flight condition, along with reducing the risk of any mishap or injury to aircraft and crew.’ Glencore’s Community Relations Manager Craig Strudwick says the valuable partnership, which provides the funding needed to send the pilots overseas also makes sure the Service will be there in the event of an emergency or serious accident. ‘Glencore has 15 coalmining operations and project areas within the broader Hunter and Mudgee areas,’ Mr Strudwick said. ‘By supporting this training partnership we know that our people, and the wider community, will always get the best help whenever and wherever they need it.’ The partnership also enabled the pilots to be trained on fixed wing aircraft, which is an essential requirement. Mr de Winton, who joined the Service in January 2000, has a flying career that spans 36 years and says the Rescue Helicopter’s pilots are among some of the best trained in the world. ‘No matter what the situation is, every time we head out on a mission our community can be assured that it’s being served by some of the best expertise available, especially when it comes to our pilots and air crewmen,’ Mr de Winton said. Glencore partnership ensures pilots are among world’s best A TEAM OF RESCUE HELICOPTER PILOTS HAS JUST RETURNED FROM UNDERTAKING INTENSIVE TRAINING IN SWEDEN DESIGNED TO FURTHER INCREASE SKILLS FOR FUTURE EVACUATION AND RESCUE MISSIONS. Trent Owen, Graeme Anderson and Mike de Winton. 20 Rescue Magazine CELEBRATING 40 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION
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