On Friday, the 23rd of February 2018, Dynamic Crew Training held the Advanced Raft Management: Aircrew Course at the Qantas Flight Training Centre in Airport West. Overall, it was an very informative and action packed day. It provided invaluable training for post graduate air crew across diverse aviation industries,including corporate, general, military and commercial, looking to take their knowledge and training to the next level.
The day commenced with an introduction to water ditching, and case studies of water ditching which included: the DC3/C47 in Botany Bay, the Pel Air Westwind just off Norfolk Island, and the PC3 Orion crash in the Cocos Islands. A survivor of the P3C Orion crash came and talked from a firsthand perspective of the incident, which was very compelling. It is not everyday you get to meet and listen firsthand to a survivor of a plane crash. Not long after, the crew from AMSA came and gave a talk on their job in search and rescue operations. AMSA are the guardians of the sky and play a critical role in locating, dropping essential supplies to survivors in the water before initiating a rescue effort.
Shortly after taking in some theoretical perspective on water ditching and survivor stories ,it was time to go to the pool and utilise the rafts in 5 different scenarios in different aircraft and in unfavourable weather conditions.The aim of these exercises was to equip cabin crew with advanced and more in depth knowledge and skills of managing a raft and any situation that arises.
Dynamic Crew Training would like to thank all participants for attending the Advanced Raft Management :Aircrew Course and hope you enjoyed and took in everything the day brought.