Highly changeable wind and weather conditions, limited
visibility, split second decisions, life-threatening situations -
search and rescue missions at sea require helicopter pilots and
rear crewmen to have the highest levels of training.
Our qualified pilot, winch operator and winchmen instructors
typically have over 5,000 flying hours' experience, including 3,000
hours instructing and 600 hours on maritime Search and Rescue.
Experience that militaries, coastguards and emergency service
operators around the world can benefit from.
Cobham Helicopter Academy's personnel have provided Air/Sea
Rescue training techniques to the UK Ministry of Defence for over
20 years. In partnership with the UK military, our instructors have
trained thousands of Search and Rescue crews.
Over 15,000 flying hours of search and rescue instruction have
been flown, with a wide range of military and commercial customers,
including the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Albanian Air
Force, the Algerian Navy, Bristow Helicopters and Vega
Recently, Cobham Helicopter Academy has been responsible for the
establishment and provision of two independent Maritime Air/Sea
Rescue operations in both the Dutch Caribbean and Trinidad and
Tobago. Cobham is also responsible for Search and Rescue capability
provision for the Royal Air Force and the Qatar Emiri Air
Cobham Helicopter Academy offers a full range of Air/Sea Rescue
training for pilots, winch operators and winchmen, ranging from
selection, aptitude assessment and initial training, to winching,
search techniques and ship deck operations.