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Hoist Workshops a Huge Success

Hoist Workshops a Huge Success

Since the beginning of FY19, we’ve completed two hoist workshops on-site in Whippany, NJ, one hoist workshop at Redstone Arsenal (hosted by PD MEDEVAC), as well as separate hoist training events at Ft. Bliss; Jackson, MS (MS-ARNG); and Williamstown, WV (WV-ARNG).

All total, that is 81 students armed with greater confidence in maintaining the BL-29900-30-1 hoist.

In additional to the scheduled, recurring hoist workshops, as of the date of this article we have training scheduled for the Texas Army National Guard, Ft. Campbell, and potentially, Alaska.

All of our hoist workshops have been a huge success, but the remainder of this article highlights the first-ever hoist workshop held at Redstone Arsenal (Huntsville), AL on 12-13 FEB 2019.

The Product Director (PD) for MEDEVAC, COL Josephine Thompson, had a vision of expanding hoist training opportunities beyond the traditional four times per year at the manufacturer’s location in New Jersey, and alternating additional workshops between Redstone Arsenal and Ft. Rucker. That vision is now reality.

Additional workshops hosted by PD MEDEVAC are currently scheduled for the following dates in 2019:

21-22 MAY
6-7 14-15 AUG
13-14 NOV

This first PD MEDEVAC Hoist Workshop had 14 in the class:

  • 4 from the Idaho Army National Guard
  • 3 from the Arkansas Army National Guard
  • 1 from PD MEDEVAC
  • 2 from the Medical Evacuation Proponency Directorate (MEPD), Ft. Rucker
  • 1 from the Directorate of Evaluation & Standardization (DES), Ft. Rucker
  • 3 observers for work on an upcoming Hoist Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) effort

Beginning with the hoist training in West Virginia, we now include a classroom trainer at all training events. This has greatly enhanced training for the following reasons:

  • Removes the noisy environment and distractions inherent in using an on-aircraft hoist
  • Removes the potential risk of damaging an on-aircraft hoist during maintenance training
  • Allows for easier access by more students
  • Allows for maintenance training beyond what is published in the TMs*

*NOTE: Any maintenance beyond what is published in the TMs requires prior authorization through an approved Maintenance Engineering Call (MEC) letter.

For more information (and to note any changes to the above dates), please see our EVENTS page by clicking here, or sign up for any of the hoist workshops (Breeze-Eastern workshops / PD MEDEVAC workshops).

Please also see a more detailed article on Hoist Training Opportunities by clicking here.

…because you’ve got a lot riding on this!

By David Creech

President/CEO/Senior Consultant, Vertical Lift Consulting

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