LIFERAFT EVACUATION FROM A DITCHED HELICOPTER: DRY SHOD VS. SWIM A WAY METHOD

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Authors
  1. Brooks, C.J.
  2. Potter, P.L.
  3. Hognestad, B.
  4. Baranski, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
There were 23 male and 21 female subjects who conducted a series of evacuations form the NUTEC Super Puma helicopter simulator into an RFD heliraft in the Bergen Fjord. The dry shod and swim-away method were compared both on the windward and leeward side. The dry shod method is the method of choice, although the swim-away method should be taught as an alternative in the event of imminent capsizing. Irrespective of method, evacuation wherever possible should be on the windward side. Because it is critical for the aircrew to make a split-second decision concerning which method to use, they should have special training in open water after traditional pool training.
Keywords
Evacuation times
Report Number
DCIEM-97-P-10 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Jan 1997
Number of Pages
6
Reprinted from
Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, vol 68, no 1, 1997, p 35-40
DSTKIM No
97-04230
CANDIS No
506202
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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