The National Operations Control Academy (NOCA) will kick-off their highly anticipated OCS training courses this February in Wichita, Kansas. The industry-specific training curriculum will satisfy the new requirements of FAR 135.619 for large Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operators with ten or more helicopters, and will also provide the same world-class aviation training to those operators with fewer than ten helicopters.
“We believe that the safety benefits of having highly trained Operations Control Specialists applies to all operators, not just those with ten or more aircraft,” said NOCA President David Hartter. “NOCA will be the industry standard to achieve a new and advanced level of training for aviation professionals on the ground.“
The training is designed for communications specialists, dispatchers, pilots and any other operations-focused personnel who wish to expand their knowledge and make the HAA industry safer. The training curriculum follows the minimum requirements of FAR 135.619(f), but will also include expanded training and focus in the areas of hazardous weather analysis and IIMC avoidance, risk assessment/mitigation and aeronautical decision-making.
“Training our students up to the levels recommended by the FAA is one thing," said David, “but we will take our students further and teach them how to apply the education in real time to make a positive safety effect on the operations at hand, and ultimately to reduce the number of accidents in our industry.”
The select staff of instructors at NOCA are some of the most experienced HAA Operations Control Specialists the industry has to offer.
“Together we have nearly 25 years of experience in HAA Operational Control, working for some of the largest operators in the industry. My staff and I are uniquely qualified to share our experiences and lessons-learned with our students so they can learn to apply this experience and these new skills to their company operations and continually strive for excellence,” said David.
NOCA is also working with other Helicopter Air Ambulance industry leaders to maximize the learning opportunities in this new discipline.
“We are working with National Association of Air Medical Communications Specialists (NAACS) and other existing training leaders in the industry in an effort to provide a multi-faceted approach to advanced aviation training for ComSpecs, Dispatchers, and other specialists,” said David. “NAACS will be a very valued partner and will help us to provide yet another opportunity for the folks who work the flights every day to make this industry safer.”
“We are delighted to be associated with the National Operations Control Academy,” said NAACS President Steve Goff. “Through this relationship, NAACS will be able to offer a third level of training (OCS) to the air medical communicators nationwide. Having three tiers of certified training has been our goal for many years. I am very excited to finally see it happen.”
NOCA understands the difficulty of being short-staffed while personnel are away at training. As a solution, NOCA is offering the 80-hr initial training course in three phase sections of three days each. Each month in 2016, the training phases will run concurrently with the full 80-hr consecutive course so each student will have the option to complete the course in one 10-day setting, or to break the training up and attend the class on the phase plan.
Classes will take place in Wichita, Kansas. The Air Capital is conveniently located in the center of the continental U.S., which makes getting there a snap. Wichita is serviced by five major airlines at the newly renovated Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (formerly Wichita Mid-Continent Airport). For more information on air travel to and from Wichita please visit www.flywichita.com.
For more information about the National Operations Control Academy, or to reserve class seats, please call 615-336-3399 or visit www.nocatraining.com.