Priority 1 Air Rescue Delivers Flood / Swift-Water Hoist Rescue Training for United States Coast Guard

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, is pleased to announce that it has completed a live flight training course to provide specialized helicopter flood / swift-water rescue and hoisting emergency procedures training to the United States Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) located in Mobile Alabama.

P1AR provided advanced instructor led training to USCG standardization team instructor pilots, flight mechanics, and aviation survival technicians rescue swimmers.

“We have successfully completed helicopter flood / swift-water rescue training with USCG MH65D/E and MH60T crews from ATC Mobile with P1AR. We are highly pleased to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue and obtain their comprehensive and highly standardized hoist training program”, stated Lt. Cdr Eric Perdue. “The training was extremely beneficial for the pilots, flight mechanics, and rescue swimmers participating from both the MH60 & MH65 STAN Teams as well as operational crews stationed at USCG ATC Mobile”.

The USCG has awarded P1AR a multi year contract to provide ab-initio Helicopter Hoist Operator training to new flight mechanics utilizing P1AR’s state of the art Advanced Aircrew Mission  Simulator (AAMS) and hoist procedural training device located at the P1AR’s Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Mesa Arizona.

“It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to work together with the United States Coast Guard and both the MH60 and MH65 SAR communities “said Brad Matheson, President of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “We are very committed to supporting the USCG proven live flight training and innovative synthetic SAR training solutions to enhance and support one of the premier SAR agencies on the planet”. “We truly couldn’t have worked with a better group of professionals to make this course such a success”.

About Priority 1 Air Rescue –

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), commonly referred to as the “One Stop SAR Shop” is a small business entity solely focused on Helicopter Search and Rescue and Tactical Mission Training and Operations. With almost 20 years of experience, P1AR has provided industry-leading SAR and Tactical training to over 9,000 students worldwide. In addition to its full-time training and support staff, Priority 1 Air Rescue provides full time Hoist system Operators, Helicopter Rescue Swimmers, and Paramedics for SAR/ Medevac programs providing 24/7, 365 days coverage on commercial SAR contracts around the world.

The P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) facilities are located in Mesa, Arizona, US and Bordeaux, France. SAR/TAC employs the latest Virtual Hoist SAR and Aerial Gunnery Synthetic Training Devices with hoists, M134, M240, GAU21 weapon platforms, an AUF helicopter sniper dome, and cockpits coupled Hoist Procedural Towers, Fast-Rope and Rappel Tower, Multi-media Classrooms, and EASA, FAA, TC compliant training programs for Helicopter Hoist Operations (HHO) and Human External Cargo (HEC).

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U.S. Coast Guard contracts P1AR for Hoist Operator Training

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR), a world leader in helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) mission operational support and training, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide instructor-led ab initio to advanced-level helicopter hoist operator training for flight mechanic aircrews operating both the MH-65 D/E and MH-60T helicopters. 

The contract has a period of performance for up to five years and approximately 475 to 500 students. The USCG flight mechanics will attend the P1AR Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) located in Mesa Arizona, to participate in ground school instruction, practice with USCG specific SAR equipment, and complete hoist procedural tower and synthetic training utilizing the virtual hoist simulator with P1AR instructors. 

Historically, like many other military services the USCG has trained its helicopter hoist operators through on the job training employing a structured syllabus with all hoist practice and training completed in the aircraft during flight; gaining this qualification would take anywhere from four to nine months. 

To meet the training challenges of the USCG’s increasingly demanding mission mandate and readiness needs, P1AR will provide the USCG a custom-tailored training solution to include eLearning and computer-based training (CBT), training guides and workbooks, interactive learning, and student training information management systems and support. 

Taddress the very broad spectrum of USCG SAR mission requirements, P1AR will incorporate its proven instructional design approaches and standardized training modalities along with their state-of-the-art simulation system. The virtual hoist simulator will provide course participants the ability to complete mission specific hoist and SAR evolutions in operationally relevant environments and will further enhance crew readiness at reduced risk and cost, while also maximizing the training value. 

P1AR’s mission training solutions comprise of an extensive array of training products and services, including live flight training, synthetic, and blended training solutions by employing synthetic training at SART/TAC, where experienced P1AR instructors prepare students to engage in basic fundamental skills to complex and realistic scenarios to develop intuitive decision-making skills so operators have the confidence to act appropriately and decisively during real missions. 

“It is a tremendous honor to work with the USCG Office of Aviation Forces and USCG Aviation Helicopter Standardization Branches,” said Brad Matheson, president of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “This is certainly one of the most important achievements and undertakings that we have ever had the opportunity to participate in. 

“We are committed to providing the USCG with innovative solutions that deliver dynamic, effective training programs to improve operational readiness and reduce training costs. Although the training program for the USCG is custom tailored and utilizes the latest version of our simulator technology, it is similar to our well proven standard ab-initio to advanced level inland/offshore SAR training program we have provided to our customers at SART/TAC since 2012.” 

Heli-Expo 2017: Virtual Hoist Simulator makes its debut

07th March 2017 - 17:00 by Georgina Smith in Dallas

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) is demonstrating an operational model of its Virtual Hoist SAR simulator for the first time at Heli-Expo 2017.

Created specifically for the show to present its advanced mission training capabilities, the small, transportable version of the simulator is a replica of the synthetic devices that are currently employed at the company's training academies in the US and France.

P1AR instructors will conduct live hoist and SAR mission demonstrations at the exhibition, showing realistic hoist cable physics. Compatible platforms include the Bell412/429, AW139/169/189, NH90 and H135/H225.

Numerous environments and weather conditions during day and night are possible, unaided and with NVGs.  Brad Matheson, president of P1AR, explained that the simulators are integrated into standardized training programs to optimize safety for the SAR community.

"We are not a simulator company selling simulators; we are an integrated training and operations provider offering a complete spectrum of mission performance solutions for end users,' he said.

Primary considerations for P1AR in the design and development of solutions include safety, rescue mission variability and high cost savings for the customer.

Hoist training is incorporated into the RNLAF multi-year training contract, announced in February this year.

With thanks to Georgina Smith at for the article.

Era Search and Rescue Program Recognized for Excellence

Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

Priority 1 Air Rescue, a world leader in providing SAR and Tactical Mission Training and Operational Support, today announced that the Era search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital mission of air medical transport.

Era pioneered the first U.S. commercial SAR program, in partnership with Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR). Era’s SAR program has responded to more than 1,050 emergency calls from more than 70 companies in the Gulf of Mexico. As the only search and rescue provider that is medically licensed in Texas and Louisiana, Era’s SAR program provides 24-hour offshore advanced life support medical care on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

“We are honored by the recognition for the excellence of Era’s SAR program, which offers the highest level of life-saving support for those in need,” said Chris Bradshaw, Era’s President and CEO. “Era’s SAR program is the premier search and rescue provider in the U.S., and this award is a testament to the dedicated teams at Era and our partner Priority 1 Air Rescue who have worked so hard to position our SAR program at the forefront of the industry.”

“Our partnership with Era SAR is a natural fit for Priority 1 Air Rescue’s search and rescue mission support expertise and I believe the program’s proven capability and success is evidence of that,” noted Brad Matheson, President of Priority 1 Air Rescue. “Together we’ve built a world-class SAR program and it is truly an honor for our SAR team members to be recognized by HAI for their efforts.”

Era’s SAR program can also support local, state and federal crisis emergency response efforts for various emergency situations.

About Priority 1 Air Rescue
P1AR, commonly referred to as the "One Stop SAR Shop" is solely focused on Helicopter SAR, Air Ambulance, and Tactical Training and Operations. With over 18 years of experience, and Search & Rescue Tactical Training Academies (SART/TAC) in the USA and France, P1AR has provided industry-leading synthetic and live flight mission training to well over 6,000 commercial, government, and military aircrews, on 26 helicopter types in 25 countries worldwide. P1AR also delivers and maintains dedicated aircrew staffing 24/7/365 comprised of Advanced Life Support SAR Paramedics, Hoist Operator/EMTs, and Helicopter Rescue Swimmer/EMTs, to support world class emergency aeromedical and SAR response for commercial operators performing Commercial Oil and Gas, Government, and Military DOD SAR and Air Ambulance services.

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