Working with helicopters

  • Grounded or hovering helicopter
  • Landing and taking off
  • Travelling in a helicopter
  • Aircraft searching for someone else
  • Aircraft searching for you

Helicopters are one of the most useful tools available to assist in search and rescue work. However, they do have limitations and an over reliance on them can lead to unnecessary delays. Alternative search and rescue plans for missing or injured persons should always be implemented in parallel to the use of helicopters. It is important for leaders and party members to have a good understanding of operating and safety procedures to be adopted when working with these aircraft.