Cobham announced China Rescue and Salvage (CRS) as the launch customer for the new Cobham Helicopter Academy based at Newquay Cornwall Airport, Cornwall. China Rescue and Salvage is China’s dedicated national maritime rescue force.

Eleven students from CRS have commenced SAR flying training which will be delivered in Cobham’s SAR equipped AW139 helicopter, supported by synthetic training devices.

Cobham Helicopter Services Vice President, Duncan Milne said, “After over 20 years of successfully supporting aircrew flying training at the UK MoD’s Defence Helicopter Flying School, the arrival of the China Rescue and Salvage students at our own Helicopter Academy is a great moment that marks a new chapter for the delivery by Cobham of aircrew flying training. We will deliver effective and operationally focussed aircrew flying training, from basic to advanced skills, and special mission training including SAR, focussing on our overseas customers. As well as beneficial to Cobham this similarly supports the UK international prosperity agenda, business in Cornwall and the UK brand”.

About Cobham Helicopter Services

Enhancing helicopter operations with a unique blend of military capability and commercial expertise. Cobham Helicopter Services provide helicopter operations, training and support for defence, government and commercial customers around the globe. Cobham Helicopter Services services include helicopter aircrew and maintenance training, search and rescue, firefighting, medical evaluation, troop transport and platform support.

From comprehensive ab initio training to the specialist skills required for search and rescue missions, tactical operations and commercial operations, Cobham provides helicopter training to Government Agencies, Military, Emergency Services, Coast Guard, Original Equipment Manufacturers, and Oil, Gas and Wind Farm Companies.

Cobham, approved by both RAF Central Flying School (Helicopters) and EASA, has been training helicopter pilots and rear crew to the highest standards at the UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School for over 20 years, including the provision of intensive aviation language training for international students. Now, for the first time, Cobham’s niche expertise is being made available to a broader spectrum of potential customers around the world.

As an EASA approved engineering training organisation, Cobham also provides training for aircraft engineers and technical support staff to the highest standards, using modern teaching and training methods. This includes ab initio, type and on-the-job training, including helicopter familiarisation, Part 147 type A and B, for AS350, AS365, A109, AW139, Bell212 and Bell412.

Cobham owns and operates a range of specifically configured helicopters to match customer requirements, and delivers a premium training experience in a safe and nurturing environment that guarantees to develop best-in-class pilots, rear crew and engineers.

About Cobham plc

Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

More info: www.cobham.com

Source and photo credits: Cobham Helicopter Services

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