CHC LLC : Helicopter invests in ground-breaking Virtual Reality training for Search and Rescue technical crews Nov 23, 2022

CHC Helicopters announced today that it has completed a trial collaboration with Priority 1 Air Rescue to deliver ground-breaking virtual reality (‘VR’) training for search and rescue (‘SAR’) technical crew members. The trial involved a winch operator from CHC’s operations in Ireland.

Following the successful completion of the trial, CHC will introduce Priority 1 VR training for all new winch operators – starting in Ireland, with a view to its adoption in other markets around the world. This investment demonstrates CHC’s dedication to delivering industry-leading safety standards.

Adoption of next-generation VR simulations for training enables CHC’s technical crew members to prepare and practice emergency procedures for various challenging SAR events in a safe, controlled and realistic environment; Includes procedures that cannot be practiced directly in the aircraft. This innovative approach is the first of its kind to be adopted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (‘EASA’) and the Irish Aviation Authority (‘IAA’), representing a unique development in the provision of safe, efficient and reliable helicopter services globally.

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Under the guidance of third party experts at Priority 1’s state-of-the-art training facility, CHC’s technical staff can complete winch operation procedures in a mock cabin and in a range of weather conditions until completion. They can be practiced in realistic ways for emerging sectors, such as supporting offshore wind platforms.

Dennis Groeneveld, Director Flight Standards, CHC, said: “Safety is at the heart of CHC’s global operations. Our mission is to keep our people and passengers safe as we travel to remote and challenging destinations. We are pleased with how the trial went and look forward to rolling out the program more widely.

“Our technical crews must be properly prepared to perform emergency procedures and deal with challenging situations. This important partnership with Priority 1 allows our crew members to repeatedly practice managing complex situations in a realistic yet safe environment, ensuring they are fully equipped to operate. are equipped. quickly and effectively in real-world SAR events.”

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Steve Barreau, CEO Priority 1 Air Rescue France, added: “Our SAR training courses have been developed with industry partners and are designed to equip them with the skills and capabilities to perform well in any situation. Our Advanced Aircrew Mission Simulator (AAMS) is perfect for this type of realistic search and rescue training, and especially for such For events that cannot actually be practised. It was fantastic to see CHC Ireland staff making the most of our facilities to further their skills and practice complex procedures.”

The implementation of this new form of VR training supports CHC’s commitment to sustainability by allowing training to be completed in a shorter period of just eight weeks compared to the industry standard of nine months.


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About CHC

CHC Helicopters is a leader in providing helicopter support to the offshore energy market, search and rescue and government departments as well as organizations requiring helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the Heli-One division.

For more than 75 years, CHC Helicopters has provided safe, reliable and cost-effective helicopter services in some of the most remote and challenging environments around the world. Our dedication to safety and reputation for quality and innovation help our customers reach beyond what they thought possible.

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With over 23 years of proven performance related experience in our highly specialized profession, Priority 1 Air Rescue Group provides the most innovative and effective helicopter search and rescue and tactical training and operational SAR/MEDEVAC aircrew staffing, support and program execution capabilities. the world


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