Class D Training

Helicopter Class D External Load Training Calgary Alberta Canada

Class D Helicopter Long Line (also known as Human External Cargo) or Helicopter External Transport System, is commonly used in rescue techniques. It is important that both pilot trained crew members rescuers and work as a team in order to extricate or rescue stranded and/or injured persons from otherwise inaccessible or difficult terrain.
New applications for this type of operation include those for the utility and construction sectors. Utility operators now recognize the efficiency gained by utilizing Class ‘D’ operations for such items as power line installation, maintenance and repair. Construction use is also experiencing growth in the use of Class ‘D’. Again the effective utilization for equipment pacing within new city high rise is both efficient and cost effective.
Courses vary from initial training to instruction for more experienced pilots. We will assess your skills and provide options for your training needs and individual requirements. For further details please contact us directly.

Requirements as required by CARs:

Commercial Helicopter Pilot License.

Where helicopter Class D External Load Operations are to be conducted for the purpose of providing a rescue service the following standards shall apply.

(a) Pilot Experience
Pilots-in-command for rescue service operations shall have achieved:

(i) at least 2,000 hours total helicopter pilot flight time;
(ii) at least 200 hours on the aircraft type which the pilot is to fly on initial assignment to rescue operations and at least 25 hours on types to be used thereafter;
(iii) at least 1,000 hours experience in the operational area if rescue services are to be conducted in Designated Mountainous Areas 1 or 2 as defined in the Designated Airspace Handbook (TP 1820); and
(iv) have completed training for Class D load operations in accordance with section 722.76.

Note: Under certain circumstances the requirements may be less than those detailed above such as filming and photography. While we welcome newly qualified pilots, you should be aware that there is a substantial amount of skill and understanding required to take full advantage of this type of training in order to become a proficient long line pilot and in particular class “D” loads. We therefor suggest that you visit for an individual assessment, unless you are confident of your own requirements. You should also confirm that your experience is satisfactory for the compliance of you company COM.


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