Helicopter Training Flight

Jul 7, 2008   //   by Caitriona   //   Training  //  No Comments

Four members of the Doolin Unit took part in a training flight on the Shannon based Coast Guard Helicopter [Rescue 115]. All 26 members have now had this opportunity to experience a flight onboard the SN 61 Sikorsky. We were given instruction on safety and search procedures and winching. During flight we were given a demonstration of the FLIR and how it works, the whole excercise being very benificial. From the base at Shannon we flew towards Lissycasey, onto Quilty and Spanish Point then onto Lahinch , the Cliffs of Moher , Doolin, Lisdoonvarna and then back to base. It was a fantastic experience to see our own areas from the air and also to see how much can be seen from the air while on a search and rescue excercise.Also on board was recently graded SARDA dog, Zac. This was a great experience for him to familiarise him with helicopters and winching. We took part in some winching while the helicopter was stationary and with rotors on.The crew were brilliant and worked very well with the dog. Thanks to all crew of the Shannon Based Coast Guard Helicopter for accommodating us for training, it is always a great learning experience for us

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