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The Next Bright Idea – the SIRIUS-LRS Available Now

I’ve always said that my favorite nighttime signalling device is one that isn’t  Coast Guard approved.  A good waterproof LED flashlight, with its focused beam, can reach out to any light you can see in the sky.  If you can see a boat on the horizon or helicopter searching a focused flash light will definitely …

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Helicopter simulator in the MAST in Halifax

Bringing Reality Inside: Hoist Emergency Response Training

Rescue crews train on everything.  Boat crews perform drills  on man-overboard, fire, flooding, loss of steering, you name it.  Helicopter crews drill on everything too.  In my time in helicopters I remember drilling on cabin fire and smoke, ditching and escape,  total power loss and auto-rotation, I even remember watching an instructor pilot pull back an …

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rescue swimmer brett fogle hangs from a helicopter hoist cable over the river in Elizabeth City North Carolina

When All Else Fails: Broken Cables, Lost Hooks, and Options

Though the mission had started out easy enough, three hours later it was the single worst moment of my life and by far my worst day in a helicopter. We were 240 miles offshore. It was pitch black, freezing cold, my best friend, Mike, was in the water and the hoist cable was – strand-by-strand …

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