Options for Liferaft Entry after Helicopter Ditching

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Authors
  1. Brooks, C.J.
  2. Potter, P.L.
  3. De Lange, D.
  4. Baranski, J.V.
  5. Anderson, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Dry and wet evacuations were conducted by 24 male and 19 female subjects from the Nutec Super Puma Simulator into two different types of aviation liferaft. Dry evalucation on the windward side is themethod of choice. The non-canopy raft is subjectively and objectively easier to enter both from the helicopter and the sea. The non-canopy raft is the raft of choice, the canopy raft needs to redesign to ensure that it always inflates the correct way and both rafts need a redesign of the painter anchor point. Aircrew should have special training in open water after traditional pool training. A helicopter ditching survival compass has been developed for training all who fly over water for a living.
Keywords
Evacuation times
Report Number
DCIEM-98-P-77 — Reprint
Date of publication
01 Aug 1998
Number of Pages
10
Reprinted from
Aviation, Space, and Envrionmental Medicine, vol 69, no 8, 1998, p 743-749
DSTKIM No
99-01005
CANDIS No
510929
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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