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Northern NSW : Spring 2011
Night vision goggle training Check and Training Pilot Peter Cook and Crew Chief Peter Cummings recently attended a five day course at Hobart Airport conducted by Rotor Lift Aviation. Rotor Lift is the first CASA (and the USA State Department) approved NVG Advanced Flying Academy in Australia. The accreditation received means that the Service can now conduct NVG training for our pilots and crew in-house, plus complete their annual check flights for pilots and six monthly checks for air crewmen. The course covered two days of class room theory, learning about the rules and regulations that are set out by CASA. The practical training comprised night flying into a range of areas such as mountainous terrain, low level flying, confined areas, deep gullies, pine forest, navigation and hoisting into confined areas. Hangar rash reduced A new hangar has been constructed at the Broadmeadow Base so that the two Bell 412’s can be safely housed. Because the rotor blade span of each aircraft is 14.02 metres the existing hangar was not wide enough to allow both aircraft inside without the blades touching. The risk of damaging the leading edge of the blades of both aircraft was ver y high so a new shed was built. This new hangar has become the operational hangar and the original hangar is now the maintenance hangar. Overall there is now less movement of aircraft in and out of the hangar resulting in less “ hangar rash”. Special training Shane Zoutendyke and Dean Weik travelled to Fort Worth, Texas to understand and acquire new skills to manage the new systems in the BELL 412EP. They undertook a 1 week course in electrical maintenance followed by another 1 week course on the 4 Axis Autopilot. Another course was held at the Broadmeadow Base relating to the Vibration Management System. The courses are conducted by the Bell Helicopter Company and it is the only place in the world where they are conducted. Models of the BELL 412EP Die cast models of the new aircraft are available to purchase through the Service or at Frontline Hobbies Australia. The models are 1/48th scale and are painted in authentic Westpac Rescue Helicopter colours of yellow and red with characteristic Westpac “W ” on the side and nose. The rotor blades turn and the doors on both sides open. A stand is included in the pack for better display. The cost of the model is $39.99 and can be ordered at either www.rescuehelicopter.com.au or www.frontlinehobbies.com.au or by visiting the WRHS Base at Broadmeadow or the Frontline Hobbies store in Hunter Street, Newcastle. New helicopter now ‘on-line’ Page 12 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Spring 2011