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HANGAR TALK


by: Bob Yerex


To have or not to have …. That is the question


Let me get a couple points out on paper right from the start …. 1. If you have multiple EMS helicopters and do not have a Level 3 Flight Training Device (FTD) resident to your facility, you are not in 1st place in the “I have the most toys” race. 2. Oh, and if you do have a Level 3 FTD that doesn’t have a fully functional Enhanced Vision System (EVS) integrated into the visuals ….. your still in 2nd place at best.


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3. Oh (I nearly forgot) the FTD will support 23 EC-135 aircraft (still in the delivery sequence) for the Polish Medical Air Rescue, Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (or more simply, the LPR).


Having been invited in to conduct a week’s worth of pro- gram evaluation and EVS train- ing by Wojciech Wozniczka, the LPR Deputy Technical Director. I had the sincere pleasure to work with this tremendously professional EMS group based


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out of Warsaw, Poland which had been founded in 2000. The LPR was a result of the con- solidation of several independ- ent EMS units to form a single state (country) medical service with the ability to coordinate all care from one single location. “The specific inclusion of


infrared Enhanced Vision System technology from Max- Viz (the dual optical field of view EVS-1500) was an early decision made by the LPR” states their EC-135 Project


Coordinator (Marcin Wiktorzak). “Even more spe- cific was our insistence on the inclusion of the EVS into our simulator (to include the zoom functionality of the EVS-1500), which will allow us to better train to our actual aircraft in much more realistic scenario based simulator sessions”. A simulator (or FTD to this level) clearly provides tremen- dous value to any program when integral to the actual organiza- tion. As a former professional


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