Helicopter Rescue Hoist Training (HERT)

AIM As an industry first the HERT program allows helicopter rescue crews to execute hoist emergency procedures in a realistic and safe environment. The course design parallels aviation best practices for flight crews, by providing a synthetic environment to training and evaluate crewmembers on procedures deemed to hazardous to perform in flight. This program exceeds all regulatory aviation standards (FAA, TC, JAR etc.) and industry guidelines (IOGP, etc.) for offshore Search and Rescue and /or Hoist operations. The HERT program takes hoist emergency training from the static to the dynamic, providing positive training outcomes and improved operational capability.

The course is divided into three levels of preparation:

Hoist Operator Initial Training (30 days)

Further training (support of professional suitability) of the hoist operator (14 days)

Recurrent training of the hoist operator (3 days)

This training is needed by both Military and Civil aviation clients to effectively perform practical Rescue hoist training that addresses the unique roles and responsibilities of pilots, hoist operators, SAR technicians and rescue swimmers responding to an offshore/over-land/over-ship rescue/ditching emergency in benign or adverse weather conditions.

Rescue hoist training and operations is from either a static 7m platform, over water, for fundamental hoist training or SAR crew resource management training “flown” over land, water or simulated ship for advanced, dynamic, SAR aircrew hoist training.

The certified facility’s cross gantry crane can reach anywhere over the pool area, ship’s hull, pool deck area and a variable speed, a rescue hoist that is aircraft certified and maintained by an OEM service representative.

The Rescue Hoist Training system is the best single investment for Helicopter rescue operations performed under difficult conditions. Helicopter use with integrated hoisting systems is an expanding mission capability used by:

Requirement

  • Search and Rescue
  • Coast Guard
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Army
  • Offshore Oil and gas services
  • Wind Power service providers
  • Police and Special Forces

HERT benefits

Multiple benefits can be achieved in utilizing the rescue hoist trainer system:

Perform comprehensive training for Rescue Operations within a safe environment using the rescue hoist mounted to a 7m static platform or mounted to the dynamic helicopter simulator

Achieves a high degree of confidence and experience in Rescue hoist operation

Perfect wet and dry hoisting skills in a controlled, repeatable, adverse weather environment thus reducing aircraft flying hours and maintenance costs.

Perform crew interoperability training by “flying” the simulator over the training tank and area

Offers specific training and procedures for:

Communications and handling of radio equipment

Wet/dry Hoisting

Standard Pattern work using the hoist with load on or no load

Techniques for handling survivor/victims

Hoist operations during unsteady flight operations

General handling and usage of various rescue equipment

Emergency procedures

Ground training for loading/unloading of persons in combination with various rescue equipment

To accurately simulate helicopter hoist recovery and facilitate fundamental hoist operations, static recovery is conducted from a 7m platform whereas the hoist is mounted over the training pool. The hoist operator is able to conduct basic day/night hoist operations and standard operating procedures (e.g. lowering raising rescue swimmer, double person hoist procedures, rescue basket, litter etc.) in a benign sea state or in adverse weather conditions.

Crew training is able to be executed from a simulated airframe that is able to be “flown” over the entire pool area, controlled by the pilot, conned by the hoist operator and conduct hoisting operations from a hover height of up to 42’ in a controlled, repeatable environment that is able to simulate day or night conditions up to sea state level 7 with rain and winds up to 100KMPH,unloading of persons in combination with various rescue equipment.