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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Our community Helicopter High Tea on the Green Xstrata support Pilot and Crew Training Eight members of the Service’s operations team have recently returned from Sweden after further training in handling extreme rescue situations. With the lives of others dependent on the rapid response of the helicopter and crew, four pilots and four air crew members travelled to the Oxford Aviation Academy in Stockholm to take part in an intensive five-day training course in October. Life-sized simulators are programmed with different scenarios that the crew will have to manage. For example... 1. The helicopter flies to a road accident with cars on fire. Paramedics and patients must be taken on board. On return, there is a hydraulic system breakdown, fuel supply interruption and navigation problems. The crew must move through various decision- making hierarchies to find solutions. This is sometimes referred to as Line Orientated Flight Training (LOFT) 2. The air crew members must take control of a helicopter through auto pilot and land the aircraft after the pilot becomes ‘incapacitated’. Training is an integral part of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s quality assurance regarding the performance and safety of pilots and crew members. Training obligations are a requirement of the Service’s contract with the Ambulance Service of NSW, and by completing this training they exceed the standards set by the Civil Aviation Authority. Xstrata Coal’s donation of $130,000 will also fund the current training of the pilots and crew members from the BK117 helicopters at the Rotor Lift training facility in Tasmania later in the year. Another afternoon tea at Magenta Shores on the Central Coast has raised $6,000 for the Service. Over 200 ladies were in attendance and the funds were raised by a raffle and silent auction. The sponsor for this event is Sure Optical a full-service independent optometrist on the Central Coast dedicated to consistently providing comprehensive eye exami nations. The other event partners were StarFM, Central Coast Express Advocate, Roses 2Go, Lollypotz and Quay West Resort Magenta Shores. St Hubert’s Island Rocks for the Service The St Huberts Island Residents Association on the Central Coast each year hosts a fundraising day for the Service. Instead of St Patrick’s Day, they went wild with Roctoberfest. Leading rocker is Neville Smith who kindly hosts the function at this house, organizes the band to entertain the residents whilst raising funds. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2011 Page 13
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