Antipodean Aviation offers a comprehensive training course in aircraft ditching techniques for both fixed wing and rotary wing flightcrews with certification through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. This course is ideal for any pilot, aircrew member or passenger to best prepare them in case of the need to conduct an emergency water landing by day or night. The course syllabus covers subject areas for pilots as well as passengers from the pre-flight planning stage through aircraft configuration for water landing, techniques suggested for both fixed wing and helicopter ditching along with post-ditching sea survival knowledge and procedures. Traditional Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) courses usually focus on training from the submerged cabin and underwater egress stages; the problem is you first have to get the aircraft on to the water in one piece!
This course is divided into two (2) components with Phase 1 providing theory training and Phase 2 the practical in-water skills. During Phase 1 participants are instructed on topics such as aviation life support equipment (ALSE) familiarisation, flight planning, aircraft configuration and equipment setup, emergency management and decision making, aircraft ditching techniques, water landing and various cabin egress techniques including underwater escape, along with sea survival and search and rescue procedures. Phase 2 covers skills training in the swimming pool where course participants can demonstrate their knowledge and skills learned from the theory elements of training in a practical way.
Antipodean Aviation’s course objective is to best prepare ALL aircraft occupants for what you can expect in a potential controlled ditching event and arm you with the knowledge you need to survive it whether you are in a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Any unexpected surprise from the outset can throw all your preparations ‘out the window’ and shock you before you are able to implement the procedures you have learned. For both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft types, conducting an ideal water landing conducive to environmental conditions at the time, surviving the initial impact with the water and underwater escape from the aircraft cabin gets you only half way through your ordeal. Having made it through these challenges, survival until being found and rescued completes the picture which could take days or even weeks. Are you prepared for these challenges? This course arms you with the knowledge and skills training from start to finish to help prepare you for any such emergency.
Course Availability and Schedule
As this course starts with the theory component which is delivered 100% online, students can book onto the course at any time at their convenience and complete the Phase 1 Theory at their own pace. Once completed, students can then book onto the next available practical training day convenient to their location. The practical elements of the course are delivered in 1 Day (from 8:00am to 4:30pm for typical course sizes).
Practical (in-pool) Training Locations:
In Australia, HUET training courses are usually run in Goulburn and Sydney, NSW, and Canberra in the ACT, year round. In the United States, courses are currently available in Prescott, Arizona with a number of new locations commencing in 2013. With our Mobile Training Unit’s, Antipodean Aviation’s instructor crew can conduct training onsite anywhere worldwide (where logistically possible). We also specialise in meeting the unique needs of our customers, individuals and organisations alike and your time schedules so if you or your staff are in desperate need to be certified as quickly as possible for HUET or Emergency Ditching currency (initial life jacket and life raft training) then contact us as we will most likely be able to help at short notice!
For students based in Europe, dates will be scheduled in 2013 for practical course completion and will be advised to students throughout their Phase 1 training. From 2014 onwards, Antipodean Aviation will have a permanent base in Europe to facilitate all practical training elements of all courses.
What to bring
We supply flightsuits, helmets or headsets (helicopter or fixed wing) and all equipment for the course but participants are asked to bring along some swimmers, a towel and spare pair of shoes (enclosed footwear such as joggers, boots, etc.)
Initial Course – $ 550.00
Renewal – In general, most industry sectors (such as oil and gas, aerial wildland / bush fire fighting, etc.) require renewal of this course every 2 years.
Additional Course Options
The Aircraft Ditching, Escape and Survival with Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) Course introduces graduates of this program to the use of Emergency Breathing Systems in the scenario of an emergency water landing or ditching. The use of such equipment requires additional knowledge therefore the EBS course is essential to those who will use such devices for over water operations.
For more information about this course and other courses contact us at:
Tel: 61-2-4821 9306