Technical Crew Member Training

Technical Crew Member training represents a significant aspect of Cobham Helicopter Academy’s offering. Our British Ex-Military instructors deliver a wide spectrum of training activity to equip students with the skills needed in their roles as both task specialists and professional aviators.  Using a competency based approach, courses are available for those entering aviation for the first time through to experienced SAR operators.

Technical Crew Member Training
Crew Member Training
Winching Training
Training Winching
Badge Technical Crew Member

Ab Initio Training circa 3 Months

Selection & Screening
Selection & Screening

Course Features:

Testing the aptitude of potential candidates using;

- Synthetic training

- Virtual Reality systems

- Practical assessments of equipment use

English Language Training
English Language

Course Features:

- In-house delivery of

Academic English Language Training

Aviation English Language Training

AS350 Helicopter

Training Platform: AS350

Course Features:

- Ground theory on AS350

- Training solution which covers;

General Handling


Crew Resource Management

Emergency handling

Voice marshalling procedures
Basic Crewmen

Training Platform: Bell 412

Course Features:

- Ground theory on Bell 412

- Delivery of a crewman-centric training solution consisting of;

Voice marshalling procedures

General handling with emergency procedures

Sloping ground

Navigation (medium level)

Bell 412 Helicopter
Advanced Crewmen

Course Features:

- Voice marshalling procedures

- General handling with emergency procedures

- Advanced Underslung Loads

- Sloping ground

- Navigation (low level)

- Confined areas

- Reversionary night flying

- Night vision device (NVD) flying

- Mission management

- Tactical flying including formation

Helicopter Hoist Training
Harbour Pilot

Course Features:

- Crew Resource Management

- Regulations

- Helicopter Aircrew Safety

- Use of checklists

- Fundamentals of weight and balance

- Hoisting Techniques

- Hand Signals

- The Hoist System

- Equipment fitting & use

- Winching exercises using a Virtual Reality Simulator

- Undertake deck winching sorties

Helicopter Search and Rescue Training
Search and Rescue

Training Platform: Bell 412

Course Features:

- Ground theory on Bell 412

- Training solution which covers;

Casualty handling

Basic overland winching

Cliff/situation winching

Deck winching

Wet winching

Mission management including SAREx.

Training in the classroom

Static winch trainer

Virtual reality winching simulator

Pool/harbour drills

Flying exercises

Mission ready with enhanced capability

We successfully integrate initial civil aviation regulatory requirements with operational expertise tailored to our customer’s specific needs. Training behind the front seats incorporates flight crew responsibilities integral to the safe operation of the aircraft; as well as specific functional tasks and use of specialised equipment in support of HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services), HHO (Helicopter Hoist Operators) or NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) operations.  Once qualified, Technical Crew Members can return to their operational units, mission ready with enhanced capability. 

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