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Old 11 June 2013, 05:02   #1
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Highline Transfer Practice

Not really a cruise more a get together in the Solent for a highline transfer practice with the Solent Search and Rescue Helicopter. For those unsure what a highline transfer is, this might help

Training exercise with Solent Coastguard - YouTube

During the visit to the MRCC last week it was mentioned that the SAR helicopter carry out 48 hours of training per week and look for varying sizes and types of vessels to carry out highline transfers. A prearranged time and date is booked through Solent MRCC who then pass the information to the SAR.

I am interested in booking a training slot with the SAR for next month (need to give 4 weeks notice). Plan will be to shoot out into the Solent to a prearranged location and time, meet up with the SAR helicopter and following their directions carry out a highline transfer to one or more suitable RIB's

I have the request form here, depending on the interest I will either book a day during the week or if possible (subject to their working practices) at a weekend if more of you are interested in coming along.

Let me know who's interested and I'll book a slot
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Old 11 June 2013, 07:08   #2
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Great thing to get involved in Landlord - this has a real world application, and whats more - its really good fun!! I would say it is a little misleading for them to tell you the helicopter can be "booked" however.... The SAR flight can never guarantee their movements and changes of plan are frequent. Get yourself on the list and hope for the best though bud!

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Old 11 June 2013, 08:52   #4
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If there is a boat with a spare seat I'd be happy just to sit and watch (and record), pay for petrol (on the boat). I'm not sure a lowly 4m rib would cut it....I wonder if I could talk Steve into it on the Parker? :-)

Been up close under the old big sikorsky a few times (and even on Sunday we were quite close off Durlston)...it's impressive stuff and as an ex pilot amazing flying too...
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Great thing to get involved in Landlord - this has a real world application, and whats more - its really good fun!! I would say it is a little misleading for them to tell you the helicopter can be "booked" however.... The SAR flight can never guarantee their movements and changes of plan are frequent. Get yourself on the list and hope for the best though bud!

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Thanks Polarbear. Used to arrange it years ago when instructing on yachts and found it very worthwhile. Agreed a definite time and date may change last minute due to weather or contingencies of the job. However worth a go.

The rough plan will be to RV with the helicopter at a pre arranged point. Then use one RIB or more depending on their time, fuel, other plans to carry out a highline transfer between RIBs and helicopter.

Some of the learning points will be;
radio comms
lowering aerials etc
drop line for static release
lowering winchman to a RIB whilst underway at 14kts
steering a steady course etc

On the list so far

Me
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PeterM
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Trevor G

Once I have spoken to the CG ill post a couple of dates but looking at about Thursday 11th July or Saturday 13th July at the moment.
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On the list so far

Me
Whisper
PeterM
gtb

Once I have spoken to the CG ill post a couple of dates but looking at about Thursday 11th July or Saturday 13th July at the moment.
If I'm available on whatever date is arranged, I'm in (Can't do 13th July though).
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Also interested but a weekend would be better probably can't do a week day
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I would love to be involved, during the week is better for me.
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