Austria-based ÖAMTC Air Rescue has partnered with flight school RotorSky to provide routine cockpit training for its pilots and rescue staff, in light of the forthcoming legal requirement for routine cockpit training for all Technical Crew Members across Europe.
Reinhard Kraxner, Managing Director of ÖAMTC, commented: “Even though we have been actively involving our Technical Crew Members in simulator training for several years, this new regulation will result in an increased training effort for us.”
Devising a new training concept
ÖAMTC and RotorSky will develop a new training process based on the 2022 European guidance, focusing on day-to-day teamwork and overlapping competences.
Specifically, a flight simulator based around the Airbus H135 used by ÖAMTC will be established in RotorSky’s facilities in Linz, Austria. Referred to as a ‘Synthetic Training Device’, the simulator will enable pilots and Technical Crew Members to familiarize themselves with the characteristics of the H135, train flight maneuvers, and develop teamwork skills within a safe environment.
Christian Gruber, CEO of RotorSky, said: “Both RotorSky and ÖAMTC Air Rescue have unique expertise in their respective fields. It was therefore a logical step to combine our competencies to develop and implement top-quality training solutions.”
Marco Trefanitz, CFO of ÖAMTC, added: “The central location of the education and training offer in Linz also has an economic advantage for us. Until now, comparable simulators were only available in Germany. This Austrian solution now gives us the opportunity to organize necessary training more flexibly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.”