Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) has revealed that it was awarded a multi-year contract by the Defence Helicopter Command of the Royal Netherland Air Force (RNLAF) in 2016 to provide virtual SAR simulation training support services for AS532 Cougar and NH90 helicopter aircrews. The virtual simulation training will take place at the P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) in Nîmes, France, said the firm, and will help the aircrews to gain the training levels to complete maritime and inland SAR hoist operations.
The ‘comprehensive simulation training package’ will include hoist mission training for basic to advanced inland SAR, ocean, shipboard operations, and night unaided/night vision goggle (NVG) operations, to be performed in all weather conditions and relevant environments, said P1AR. Training will incorporate pilot and rear-crew SAR mission synthetic sessions that will be integrated with tactile learning on the NH90/AS532 hoist training towers in order to provide technical and procedural hoist operations practice.
The first training class session of the contract began in the first week of October 2016.
“We are truly honoured to have been awarded this contract by the Defence Helicopter Command to provide innovative and enhanced SAR training capabilities for the NH90 and AS532 helicopter aircrews,” said Brad Matheson, president, head of training and director of P1AR. “The virtual simulation component provides not only realistic immersion, but more importantly, accurate context to the skills and scenarios being practiced and employed during actual live flight, this will significantly enhance our customers’ ability to train for their complete range of missions.