In June, our operational team’s training theme was aviation. Pilot Scott Armstrong provides this update.

 “To immerse our clinicians in an aviation mindset, Dan Kitteridge set the team a pilot's quiz of twenty questions to highlight the subjects that the DSAA pilots need to think about when they are on a HEMS mission. The rest of the morning was used to discuss:

  • The principles and constraints when operating a helicopter in the HEMS environment including why the helicopter is designed the way it is and how it must be flown to a mission site and the hospitals we use.
  • What the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) tells us we can and can't do and how that influences HEMS operations for example, where we can land and how much that changes at night.
  • Efficient use of the aircraft communications systems and how to cope with minimal information being passed before arriving on scene.

“The group then went through a historic real-life aviation crash to understand the crew dynamics (Crew Resource Management) that influenced the incident and then discussed how DSAA crew can defend against making the same mistakes.

“The afternoon included a practical session to practice teamwork and effective communication. In teams of four, the task was to package and carry a simulated patient over an assault course in the hangar, with distractions such as darkness, noise and numerous hurdles against the clock.Aviation Training

“A huge thank you to Struan Reid, Amy McGufficke, Dan Kitteridge, Lauren Dyson, Tom Gee, Paul Owen and Paul Nolan for helping to make the day a great success.”