THEORY COURSES

Our Theory Course curriculum extend a pilot’s basic training in skills essential for today’s helicopter industry. Using real life experiences and examples, the courses provide enhanced awareness of factors that are important, not just for pilots, but for today’s progressive helicopter companies.

  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
  • Hot & Cold Weather Operations Course
  • Inadvertent IMC Course

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CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Crew Resource Management course is designed to introduce pilots to the hazardous factors that have been the causes of the majority of accidents since the time men started to fly: Human error.

This course is intended for any person who works around helicopters, with a special emphasis on the flight crew. The purpose of this training is to ensure the safe outcome of a flight by providing personnel with the necessary tools and understanding to detect a problem or error, recognize that problem or error, and take proper actions to correct and prevent any further occurrences.

The training will emphasize on the reasons why human errors are still the number one cause of accident. An in-depth review of aero-medical factors such as stress and fatigue, an introduction to workload, threat, and error management, as well as an introduction of the techniques necessary to ensure proper crew response will be covered during the course.

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The course includes the following areas:
1) Pilot’s Responsibilities
2) Human errors
3) Stress
4) Fatigue
5) Workload and time management
6) Communications
7) Assertiveness
8) Judgement and Decision making
9) Teamwork and leadership
10) Situational awareness
11) Conflict resolution
12) Error and Threat management
13) Culture

HOT & COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS

Hot and cold weather operations pose unique challenges to both the pilots and the aircraft that they fly.

This course offers instruction and insight on the operation of the helicopter in different weather conditions. The course includes the aero-medical factors that could affect a pilot’s flying in this type of environment. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, frost bite are some of the elements covered and are intended to increase the pilot’s awareness of the planning requirements needed when flying in more extreme conditions.

Aircraft performance is also covered with special emphasis on specific techniques used on the Robinson helicopters operating in hot and cold weather.

Course outline:

Aeromedical  Operations  Performance
Fatigue
Dehydration
Hyperthermia
R22 and R44 ot weather operation techniques
Flight Planning / “Survival” techniques
 Review of Density Altitude
Effect of DA on Performance

INADVERTENT IMC TRAINING

Inadvertent IMC is the unintentional flight under VFR flight rules into non-VFR weather conditions. This has lead to many unfortunate and preventable accidents and proves to be an continuing occurrence that needs to be better understood by all pilots.

Our course serves to further enhance pilot decision making and the factors that can lead to IIMC. The inadvertent IMC course will first review the Aeromedical Factors associated with pilots’ vision, particularly the different types of illusions a pilot can be subjected to during day and night flights. A review of spatial disorientation will then follow.

Discussion and instruction is given on the possible recovery techniques available to the pilot once he has entered inadvertent IMC. The course aims to give the pilot enhanced awareness of the factors that can lead to Inadvertent IMC and the steps to be taken towards prevention.