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Virtual training concepts and systems are an important component in the training of crew members. This conclusion was also made by roughly 120 experts from all over the world at DRF Luftrettung’s second Helicopter Hoist Operation Symposium at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport.
Safe.Hoist.Operation: in September, DRF Luftrettung’s Operation Center became a meeting place for hoist experts from Europe and overseas to discuss current issues relating to safe hoist operation. “Virtual training concepts are the future because they professionalize the crew members’ training,” said Sebastian Schneider, head of training at DRF Luftrettung and organizer of the symposium, summing up the main topic. Whether floods, climbing accidents or transporting workers, augmented- and virtual-reality technologies let complex deployment scenarios be played out repeatedly, realistically and independently of factors such as weather and time. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) also emphasized that they are a useful addition to real-life flight training from an official point of view. In addition to leading training provider Priority 1, Reiser Simulation and Training and DRF Luftrettung also provided insights into current developments. The two partners demonstrated flight simulator connectivity for the first time, one of the outstanding features of their new HHO simulator. The audience was able to watch live and see how a connection was made to the Reiser Full Flight Simulator Level D in Frankfurt and how the hoist operator simulated a scenario with the pilot.
Practical demonstrations: from emergency procedures to catastrophes
The 15 specialized presentations examined the challenges of safe helicopter hoist operation from a variety of perspectives. “Social factors such as communication between one another are now being considered more closely for the crew’s cooperation, in addition to their professional skills. The crew members work hand in hand; precision and teamwork are always important,” explained Jörg Redetzky, head of crew training.