P1AR Basic Utility External Load / Aerial Firefighting Mission

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 B, C and 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

Course Objectives

Priority 1 Air Rescue’s Basic Utility External Load / Aerial Firefighting Training Course covers operational instruction for external load utility missions and fire suppression planning, flight strategies, fire suppression tactics, command and control, and incident management.

Output Objectives

Upon successful completion course participants will have a Basic level of capability and proficiency to enable them to perform Basic Helicopter Utility External Load and Aerial Fire Fighting missions.


To applicable Aviation Authority training standards

Course Duration

6 Days

Class Size

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

Training Sequence

  • Classroom – 1 Days
  • Flight Training – 5 Days

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