Boosting search & rescue

A new collaboration between Ascent and Bristow Helicopters is helping train technical crew to support search and rescue (SAR) missions.

The four-week aviation ground school, provided by Ascent, will enable crucial training for Bristow Helicopters’ newly joined winchman paramedics.

The course provides the foundation of aviation theory that will be used throughout their flying careers and will help them to become technical crew in the search and rescue airborne environment.

The ground school course has been designed specifically for Bristow, based on Ascent’s expertise in teaching military helicopter rear crew through UKMFTS.

Delivery is by Ascent Qualified Instructors, using a combination of onsite and remote teaching.

Ascent MD, Tim James, said: “It’s great to provide this training to the Bristow team, supporting their critical search and rescue mission.”

Alec Aspden, Bristow’s Technical Crew Manager, said: “SAR is a team effort and this essential training for new technical crew aviators will help everyone on board the aircraft work together to keep lifesaving operations safe and effective.

“Ascent’s experience will help ensure technical crews new to aviation have the right technical language and knowledge, ensuring teams work seamlessly and perform to the highest standards.”