For those interested in becoming medical crew members for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) or inter-hospital rotary wing transport, and for anyone who wants to know more about dealing with ill and injured passengers on board helicopter air ambulances, and about being part of the flight crew team.

This educational package consists of a three days of small-group teaching and practical workshops undertaken at Blackbushe Airport near London in the UK or other venues depending on requirements.

Successful students will be prepared to the basic standard defined by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in its published recommendations for helicopter air ambulance operations: Annex V, Part SPA, Subpart J (HEMS.100 to 155).

  • Introduction to helicopter patient transport
  • Becoming crew
  • Airmanship
  • Crew Resource Management (teamworking)
  • Human Factors (error and mishap)
  • Safety in and around helicopters
  • Communications
  • Radio use and operation
  • Helicopter principles of flight
  • Helicopter emergencies
  • Medical emergencies in flight
  • Basic maps and charts
  • Basic navigation
  • Landing site selection
  • Marshalling
  • Ground handling
  • Lifting and loading
  • [Practical Flight Experience]

Helicopter Medical Flight Crew course

Download a copy of this year's brochure giving details of dates, locations and fees. If you have specific questions that are not answered here or in the FAQs page, contact the Course Director at [email protected]

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