BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 5, 2011 â€“ SRT Helicopters, a leading provider of high-risk operational services and training for rotorcraft users and aviation organizations, has successfully completed a major contract, implemented in February 2009, to provide advanced aerial search and rescue (SAR) training for the Chinese Ministry of Transportâ€™s Rescue & Salvage Bureau (MOT/SRB).Â SRT delivered comprehensive advanced training under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State for MOT/SRB pilots, crew chiefs and rescue support personnel.
After the MOT/SRB acquired four new Sikorsky S-76C++â„¢ helicopters, doubling the Bureauâ€™s SAR fleet to eight S-76C rotorcraft, the agency requested SRTâ€™s technical assistance to expand its operational capabilities.
Chinaâ€™s MOT initiated SAR activities in 2001 and has aggressively developed the service for the last decade, with plans to expand operations through 2020.Â The SRBâ€™s Flying Service currently operates 12 aircraft located in nine flight facilities throughout China.
An SRT team of six subject matter experts â€“ four pilots, one hoist operator and one rescue swimmer â€“conducted ground schools at air bases in Shanghai and Peng Lai and operational flight training in Sikorsky rotorcraft at Peng Lai, a port city on the Shandong Peninsula between Korea Bay and the Yellow Sea. The total training package improved and expanded the SAR capabilities of RSB Flying Service pilots and air crews.
â€œSRTâ€™s staff found RSB pilots and crew members were very competent and highly motivated to expand their operational expertise,â€ said Christian Gadbois, SRT president and CEO.Â â€œRSB pilots know their aircraft, systems and operational and emergency procedures, and winch operators are equally competent SAR specialists.Â We were delighted to work with these excellent professionals.â€
SRTâ€™s 21-day SAR curriculum, created after extensive consultation with the MOT/RSB, involved a broad array of emergency and crew resource management procedures.Â Topics included ground preparation and in-flight procedures; human factors; training in installed survival gear; training in intercom system use and terminology; water survival training; search and scanning, including SAR patterns and scenarios; basic instrument and low level scanning techniques; unusual attitude recovery; windline rescue patterns; instrument approaches to the water; instrument take off procedures from over-water hover; operating area survival demands; hoist operations with standard phraseology; hoist failures; fouled cable procedures; single engine operations; communications failures; lost swimmer procedures; leaving swimmer on scene; rescue equipment orientation; hoisting to a boat with and without a trail line; hoisting to a vessel dead in the water; use of signal flares; sling deployment with basket pickup; and direct deployment of a rescue swimmer to a vertical surface.
In addition to completing its extensive SAR training curriculum, SRT also provided a variety of consulting services to assist MOT/SRB in planning for the agencyâ€™s future expansion of facilities and operations.
SRT, based in Bakersfield, Calif., is a full service helicopter company that specializes in providing high-risk operational services and training for private business, military, local, state, and federal agencies.Â Founded in 1989 by Christian Gadbois, a helicopter instructor pilot and expert in aviation emergency services with more than 30 years of experience in the field, SRT has assembled a training staff comprised of working professionals who regularly respond to real-world missions.Â The expert staff ensures that the company’s training methods and curriculum are current, relevant, and designed to address real-life operational scenarios.Â SRT training is customized to meet the requirements of each customer’s missions and includes initial and recurrent pilot training; CRM/human factors for aircrew and management personnel; technical rescue training including hoist operations and maintenance; incident management and incident command training; special operations, including airborne use of force; and operations in austere environments.
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