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Northern NSW : Spring 2011
What’s different about this helicopter? Essentially they are the same frame, size and shape, but the new aircraft is 10,000 hours younger and has significantly improved engine performance, giving more speed and better lifting capability. The aircraft has been purchased with an Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) giving enhanced displays for flight and navigation Chief Pilot Mike de Winton talks about the new aircraft instruments. This, linked with the 4 axis autopilot, will improve the pilot’s capabilities to conduct night missions and operations in cloud. In addition the aircraft has been fitted with HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring System). This modification ensures that all aspects of the aircraft are monitored on every flight for signs of wear and fatigue. It means that we will be able to identify potential unserviceabilities earlier than we previously did which will result in considerable cost savings. The new aircraft has also been fitted out for EMS (Emergency Medical Service) operations to the latest standards required by the NSW Health Department. This means we have the best medical fittings and equipment located in easy to reach positions and improved patient access for doctors and paramedics. What type of additional training is needed to fly the BELL 412EP? All pilots and crewmen have undertaken ground school training on the new aircraft covering all differences between the current 412 SP and the new 412EP. In addition they will all undergo general flight handling, instrument and Night Vision Goggles training in the new aircraft as well as learning the layout and winching procedures. The culmination of this training will be familiarisation and training of the paramedics, doctors and nurses to ensure all departments are fully aware of the procedures, practices and equipment in the new helicopter. Continued over page Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2011 Page 11