The initial flying-training course, teaches basic rotary-wing skills and emergency handling, culminating in a first solo and a handling check prior to SEARW training. The SEARW phase of the course, is where basic skills are consolidated and developed into more applied techniques. The syllabus includes non-procedural instrument flying, basic night flying, low-level and formation flying, mountain flying and an introduction to winching for RN students. In addition to DHFS, the Squirrel HT1 is used by the Central Flying School (Helicopter) Squadron at RAF Shawbury for instructor training, and by 670 AAC Squadron, based at Middle Wallop, in Hampshire, for operational training.
Images: Ian Forshaw
- Crew – 2 pilots, 4 Passengers
- Power Plant – Arriel 1D1 Gas turbine engine
- Max Speed – 155 kts
- Max Weight- 2100 KG
- Endurance – 2hr 50min (400KG fuel)
- Options – winch cargo hook flotation gear