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March 12, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
If recent news coverage of pilots forced to ditch their aircraft has you rattled, you can train for the possibility that you might be in the same situation through a new course offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Embry-Riddle has partnered with Antipodean Aviation of Australia to offer survival training in emergency water landings for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Once enrolled, participants have 30 days to complete a theory-based online course, and then receive one day of practical training in a pool, using a simulator known as a portable shallow-water egress trainer. The practical training takes place at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.
Participants can choose one of two options: aircraft ditching, escape, and survival, a class aimed at general aviation pilots that is said to be similar to a helicopter underwater escape training course but more comprehensive; and aircraft ditching, escape, and survival with emergency breathing systems, designed for flight crews who use emergency breathing systems such as a helicopter aircrew breathing device, a helicopter emergency egress device, or a survival egress air device.
Both versions are priced at $750 per person. For more information, contact Albert Astbury, interim director of the Office of Professional Education, at 386/226-7694 or by email.
Embry-Riddle’s partnership with Antipodean Aviation will develop more than 50 courses on advanced aviation topics for pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics, and public safety officers, the university said in a press release.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Takeoffs and Landings,
With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.
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