KY214 Member Participates in
Army Water Survival Course
Photos and video courtesy of Hal
KY214 member, Lt. Hal Frary, attended a Water Survival Training course conducted
at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on June 17th-18th. This was made possible by the
efforts of KY216th Squadron Commander, Lt. Col. Wilson Polidura. The course is
designed around surviving a helicopter crash in water but lends itself to fixed
wing emergency water landings as well. According to Hal, " The course was very
informative and well planned. The mornings of each of the two days consisted of
classroom instruction which was followed by in the pool instruction and
opportunity to apply and practice your new knowledge. We learned:
- Hazards and emergencies associated with aircraft in over-water situations
- Physics and physiology for use. Of compressed air
- Safety and survival equipment utilization and deployment
- Introduction to hypothermia mitigation and sea survival
- Coping with physiological and psychological stress
- Personal rescue techniques and use of life rafts and signaling devices
- Characteristics of personal floatation devices and aviation jackets
- Introduction to SAR resources and equipment
- Introduction of rescue devices and simulated rescues
- Preparation for emergency landing and ditching situations
- Dry/wet evacuation through an emergency exit from a ditched aircraft on water
Bottom-line: this was an outstanding course and an exceptional opportunity.
Opened my eyes toward water survival techniques in a true to life environment.
It's not for the faint of heart unless you're willing to tackle your fears.
Highly recommend for all aircrew members.
I was not able to take
pictures the second day of training due to the intensity, plus they had the "environmentals"
turned on: wave ball generated 2+ foot waves, the 4-fans (two horizontal, two
vertical) generated 50-knot winds, the sound system generated rotor, bomb
blasts, machine guns noises, and the strobe lights simulated ordinance
exploding. A ton of chaos and natural forces to deal with. Plus the fatigue of
fighting the weather all the time."
Sounds like Hal has thrown
down the gauntlet and challenged all the other KY214 members to step up! When is
the next class?! To see some photographs of what went on during the course,
click the button below.
(Page Added on 4-Jul-14)