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Old 08 February 2010, 15:56   #1
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SAR Demo (or willk's other big day out)

Some days are good, some days are bad. Today was Excellent!

Many thanks to all those involved (you know who you are)
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Old 08 February 2010, 16:00   #2
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Old 08 February 2010, 16:02   #3
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... and I can do a Ribnet discount on a few fish
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What I Learned

1. Wear gloves (and a hard-hat if your A-frame is "full size" like that one ).

2. Let the Hi-line discharge the helo's static to water or deck before you grab it.

3. Flake the weight and Hi-line into a container, deffo don't secure it to the boat (unless you have Quota for helos).

4. Keep the Hi-line taut as the dope-on-the-rope decends.

5. When in the lifting strop, keep your arms down and hands holding the strop (unless you want to audition as a USCG SAR Jumper).

6. Let the air-crew manhandle you into the helo - pretend to be a sack of spuds.
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Looks like you had fun. Who's operating the Irish CG choppers now?
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3. Flake the weight and Hi-line into a container, deffo don't secure it to the boat (unless you have Quota for helos).
You'll end up with an un-happy winch man and a load of winch wire on your deck if they think its caught.
If it all goes wrong break away to starboard, if you disappear under the chopper you'll also end up with a cut winch wire on your deck!

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6. Let the air-crew manhandle you into the helo - pretend to be a sack of spuds.
You Irish and your potatos!
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Looks like you had fun. Who's operating the Irish CG choppers now?
CHC, but the contract's up soon, can't imagine much other interest though.
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You'll end up with an un-happy winch man and a load of winch wire on your deck if they think its caught.
If it all goes wrong break away to starboard, if you disappear under the chopper you'll also end up with a cut winch wire on your deck!


i was told on a training course a good few years back that with some types of irish helicoters to check and see which side the winch is ,because some types of helicopters the irish s.a.r. have the door and winch is on the opposite side to normal ones,,port side ,,,, think it was a french make of helicopter ,,,,so the approach is the other way around and so is the break away in event of an engine loss,,,,,,,also before the run in ,,the pilot will brief you,, Dont fire rocket flares ,otherwise the pilot will go away ,,smokes flares ok if they ask for one and make sure that all loose gear is away or lashed down or anything else that could be sucked into the helicopters engine intakes ,
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i was told on a training course a good few years back that with some types of irish helicoters to check and see which side the winch is ,because some types of helicopters the irish s.a.r. have the door and winch is on the opposite side to normal ones,,port side
And all the pilots are left handed?
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the irish s.a.r. have the door and winch is on the opposite side to normal ones,,port side
i fink yew wear lukkin outte de rere myrrer matey! wus itt dis wun?
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