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Priority 1 Air Rescue is to provide advanced hoist operator training over the next five years to U.S. Coast Guard crews performing search-and-rescue missions on Airbus Helicopters MH-65D/E Dolphin and Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters.
The contract is for up to five years and will provide training to 475-500 students at the Priority 1 Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART-TAC) in Mesa, Arizona, the company said.
The crews are to receive "ground school instruction, practice with Coast Guard-specific search-and-rescue equipment, and complete hoist procedural tower and synthetic training utilizing the virtual hoist simulator with Priority 1 instructors," the company said.
"Historically, like many other military services, the USCG has trained its helicopter hoist operators through on the job training employing a structured syllabus with all hoist practice and training completed in the aircraft during flight," according to Priority 1. "Gaining this qualification would take anywhere from four to nine months. To meet the training challenges of the Coast Guard's increasingly demanding mission mandate and readiness needs, Priority 1 will provide the Coast Guard a custom-tailored training solution to include eLearning and computer-based training, training guides and workbooks, interactive learning and student training information management systems and support."
Brad Matheson, president of Priority 1, said that it is a "tremendous honor to work with the Coast Guard Office of Aviation Forces and Coast Guard Aviation Helicopter Standardization Branches."
Matheson said that Priority 1 will provide the Coast Guard with "innovative solutions that deliver dynamic, effective training programs to improve operational readiness and reduce training costs."
"Although the training program for the Coast Guard is custom tailored and utilizes the latest version of our simulator technology, it is similar to our well-proven standard ab initio to advanced level inland/offshore search-and-rescue training program we have provided to our customers at SART/TAC since 2012," he said.