Course Design and Locations

Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) is well known internationally for being a full-service training partner providing the entire bandwidth of helicopter air-crew SAR/Tactical mission training for commercial, para-public, and military/DOD helicopter operators. Historically, like many others in the industry, traditional hoist mission training began with ground school, some static aircraft practice, and was then followed by live flight training which was generally conducted at the customers location. We still provide a large amount of training in this method, and it is still effective. For years P1AR has strived to advance cohesive, integrated, and result oriented live flight training in a ‘modern methodology’ environment since we started in 1999.  Although mission training can be conducted in this traditional method, we felt there was a huge gap for ab-initio students learning hoist SAR between the classroom and static aircraft practice to the live flight portion.

In early 2012, after almost a year of evaluation and trial, P1AR made the decision and commitment to revolutionize the approach how rear-crews were provided training by creating the first commercially available Search and Rescue Tactical Training Academy (SART/TAC) dedicated to a full mission spectrum for Law Enforcement and Public Safety agencies. Combined with our comprehensive courseware and live flight mission training experience and taking an innovative customer centric approach to improve SAR and Tactical mission training, we have implemented rear-crew mission training simulators allowing student participants to truly learn at a controlled ‘crawl, walk, run’ pace at every application and correlating level of learning.

P1AR operates two SART/TAC facilities located in Mesa, Arizona (US) and in Bordeaux (France), and have gained years of proven experience with refining the modalities of our instructor led training programs and providing successful training for our customers. Each SART/TAC facility offers the availability to conduct initial, basic, advanced, and recurrent hoist rescue, aerial use of force/gunnery, fast-rope/rappel, external Load, air ambulance/HEMS, helicopter Bambi-bucket fire-fighting, NVG mission, and even basic rear-crew type conversion training. The SART/TAC facilities both incorporate purpose-built training aids and leading-edge technology classrooms for better a student experience.  We offer improved educational solutions with a Hoist Procedural Towers (HPT) which is configurable for multiple aircraft types and model combinations and the Virtual Hoist Simulators (VHS). Synthetic mission training allows for a stronger application and correlation level of learning while reducing the customers overall live flight training time by an average of 50%, providing a significant cost savings to the customer.

P1AR mission training courses are conducted in systematic and standardised approach with an extensive capability to provide task and situational based training. We have also focused much of our efforts on our academics and innovation capability on mechanisms to deliver training in a very progressive manner, including modern technologies to deliver training presentations or lectures and improve the overall training experience of our customers. By combining ground breaking simulation training device technology with our comprehensive courseware and P1AR’s experience training thousands of students for over 20 years, we are truly capable to provide our customers with a full turn key mission training solution.

  • SART/TAC P1AR Basic Inland SAR Mission Hoist Training
  • SART/TAC P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Maritime Vessel Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Ocean Rescue
  • SART/TAC US Coast Guard Helicopter Flight Mechanic (FM) Overwater-Maritime Qualification Training
  • SART/TAC US Coast Guard Helicopter Flight Mechanic (FM) Overwater-Maritime Qualification Training
  • SART/TAC P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Night Unaided and NVG Hoist Recue
  • SART/TAC P1AR Annual Recurrent Hoist Rescue Training
  • P1AR Air Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) Training
  • P1AR Helicopter Emergency Medical Responder (H/EMR) Training
  • P1AR Basic Inland SAR Mission Hoist Training
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission:  Flood/Swift Water Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Mountain/ Cliff Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Maritime Vessel Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Ocean Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Night Unaided Hoist Rescue
  • P1AR Advanced SAR Mission: Night NVG Hoist Recue
  • P1AR Annual Recurrent Hoist Rescue Training
  • P1AR Basic Short Haul / Special Insertion and Extraction (SPIE)
  • P1AR 16 Hour Utility Lineman Long Line/Short Haul Rescue Refresher
  • P1AR 32 Hour Initial Utility Lineman Long Line/Short Haul Rescue
  • P1AR Basic Aerial Firefighting Mission/Utility External Load
  • P1AR HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress Training) Course
  • P1AR HUET & Aviation Water Survival Course
  • SART/TAC Aerial Use of Force/Marksmanship
  • P1AR Basic Short Haul / Special Insertion and Extraction (SPIE)
  • P1AR Basic Tactical Mission Rappelling/Abseiling
  • P1AR Basic Tactical Mission Fast-Rope
  • P1AR Tactical Team Integration to Airborne Assets Course
  • P1AR Aerial Use of Force/Marksmanship

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