Help keep your Pilots & Crew rescue ready | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Help keep your Pilots & Crew rescue ready

Your rescue helicopters are worth millions of dollar. So, would you want to see them continuously fly without inspections, maintenance and upgrades?

Your pilots and crew need maintenance and upgrades just as much as your machines do.

Being a pilot or crewperson requires extremely specialist skills – attention to detail, coordination, excellent judgment, confidence, and the ability to make sensible decisions under pressure.

With the world of rescue helicopters continuously changing (new equipment, evolving health and safety practices, advances in technology), regular training for all our pilots and crew is important so they stay working at their best, both today and in the future.

This year, combined Philips Search & Rescue Trust fleet of helicopter are exceeding the number of potentially life-saving missions, compared to 2015. This means more essential training is required to ensure your pilots and crew are always rescue ready.

Philips Search & Rescue Chief Pilot and Operations Manager, Grant Bremner, explains that “safety is our number one priority”.

“Training ensures our pilots and crew are using equipment correctly and observing correct health and safety practices at all times. This enables us to keep ourselves, our patients and the public safe.”

Training is of huge benefit to our communities, as it gives you access to highly trained rescue pilot and crews, prepared for any situation.

With over $310,000 required every year to ensure your pilots and crews are current and up-to-date, your support is vital.

Types of training undertaken:

  •    Flight Simulator – pilots
  •    Winch – crew and pilots and EMS
  •    HUET – crew and pilots and EMS
  •    Basic Helicopter training
  •    Health and Safety
  •    First Aid
  •    Search & Rescue training
  •    Pilot maintenance training
  •    Crew maintenance training


Your pilots are uniquely trained by Philips Search and Rescue Trust utilising a simulated (SIM) flight trainer.

The SIM allows your pilots to practice flying in every type of weather condition and emergency procedures from the safety of the hangar.  This ensures they are ready for all scenarios when on a real mission.

The SIM needs upgrading. The upgrade project is unique and specific, requiring both a physical SIM trainer (a helicopter cockpit, with all the instruments and controls that replicates the machine the pilot flies) plus, a series of large projector screens to display the simulated flight conditions and the flight software.

This equipment will provide more realistic training covering a wider range of possible situations where we can plan for all eventualities to happen and train your pilots & crews to safely return home.  

The advantage of this training being conducted in the SIM is huge cost saving, as it reduces the amount of training that needs to be done in the actual helicopters. It also allows for dangerous situation to be replicated in the safety of the SIM.

We cannot give the pilots this specialised SIM training without your help – donate now



We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

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