The New York Police Department is using Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) for Bell 412 advanced search and rescue hoist rescue training and Bell 429 hoist rescue transition training. The training covers 36 SAR pilots, hoist operators and rescue specialists and divers. Patrick Dennis, senior vice president of training solutions at P1AR, noted that during the selection process, NYPD asked the company “to come out because we’ve worked with Bell in the past with the development and design of the Bell 429 hoist system, so we were able to offer ourselves as subject matter experts. We worked closely with Bell in putting together the best possible mission training program.”
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The initial training for pilots and crew will take place in the NYPD facility, with final training occurring at P1AR’s Search and Rescue/Tactical Training Academy (SAR/TAC) in Mesa, Ariz., which has a hoist tower and simulator for training. This program allows crew and pilots to train on the ground with less risk than aerial training. According to Dennis, the facility has trained more than 3,500 pilots and crewmembers from around the world over the past 15 years. “Our hoist procedural tower and virtual hoist simulator is configurable to over 16 different aircraft cabins to ensure the correct and relevant procedures are practiced,” explained Dennis. P1AR has also announced they will be offering guided tours and helicopter mission training demonstrations at this facility during the ALEA 2014 conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The company’s SAR instructors will conduct live demos of the facility’s virtual hoist simulator and hoist procedural tower that will allow better understanding of the DART/TAC training process.
“We’re very flexible in how we train and what we train. There’s a core that we use,” noted Dennis. “We train to meet and exceed the requirements set forth in FAA FAR 133 Class D, EASA JAR-OPS, CASA, Transport Canada, and other CAA regulatory authorities.”
P1AR also provides training for other helicopter manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Sikorsky, Airbus Helicopters and MD Helicopters.
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