11-Sep-2014 Source: NPAS
National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter crews now have a brand new, state of the art training device to put them through their paces.
The Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig was delivered to the NPAS base at Carr Gate, Wakefield, on Friday 5 September.
It simulates the emergency exits of the three aircraft types that currently make up the NPAS fleet, allowing staff to physically operate the emergency exits of aircraft in the NPAS fleet – Airbus Helicopters EC 135s and EC 145s and the McDonnell Douglas MD902.
Head of Compliance and Safety for NPAS, Dave Taylor, said:
“Safety is the number one priority for the service. This piece of kit helps us to further enhance our training and safety procedures and in buying this piece of kit NPAS has made a clear commitment to promote the highest standards of flight safety and world class training to staff.”
“The modular design of the unit means that it is future proof against any other types of aircraft we might add to the NPAS fleet. It can also be set up and operated by a single trainer.”
“Before safety training like this was carried out using real aircraft meaning issues of damage, loss of availability of the aircraft when being used for training and staff time to operate it.”
“The rig can be moved on a trailer and in the next year it will be going to every NPAS base across England and Wales as a part of a rolling training programme so that staff can carry out mandatory safety training in the physical operation of emergency exits.”
The National Police Air Service provides a national, borderless service making use of the nearest aircraft with the underlying principle of a national service, regionally coordinated for local delivery.
25 NPAS aircraft are placed at 23 strategic locations providing an air service to 98% of the population of England and Wales within 20 minutes.