P1AR Basic SAR Mission Planning

Course Approval

This ground/flight school training program meets and exceeds the training requirements of the FAA Federal Air Regulations (FAR) Part 133 Class D, EASA JAR OPS /CASA HHO, and Canadian Air Regulations (CAR) standards for Human External Cargo (HEC), operations training and will prepare pilots and operational personnel who are assigned to perform duties on board a helicopter or personnel who are carried externally by a helicopter to be competent to conduct Class D External Load operations in a safe and effective manner.


Activities are based on specific tasks and equipment that student participant may be responsible to perform during a helicopter rescue. Additional requirements:

  • The student must be 18 years of age or older
  • The student must be in good physical and medical condition
  • The student must have adequate insurance coverage
  • The student must have completed P1AR SAR Hoist Training Course

Course Objectives

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic SAR Mission Planning Training Course is essential to any agency that is new to the helicopter SAR environment and is mandated to perform searches for missing overdue persons, aircraft, or vessels. This course considers all factors involved in planning and coordinating basic search missions and further ensures all helicopter aircrews conducting SAR missions are standardized, trained and capable to conduct basic searches, and interoperable with other SAR agencies.

Output Objectives

Upon successful completion course participants will have a Basic level of capability and proficiency to enable them to perform Basic Search and Rescue planning and mission coordination.


To applicable Aviation Authority training standards

Course Duration

4 Days

Class Size

Class is comprised of Up to 4 pilots and Up to 4 rearcrew

Training Sequence

  • Classroom – 1 Day (3 day of briefings and table-top scenarios)
  • Flight Training – 3 Days

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