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Hirepool Helps to Propel the Rescue Helicopter

Hirepool Helps to Propel the Rescue Helicopter Trust

Auckland – 20 September 2006: Training pilots and crew for rescue missions has taken a giant leap forward for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) with the launch of their new Flight Simulator.

Developed over a four year period by ARHT chief pilot Dave Walley, the main purpose of the Flight Simulator is to enable pilots and crew to practise instrument and night flying procedures.

Another use for the Simulator, made possible by Hirepool Limited with the provision of a purpose-built trailer to house and transport the new device, will allow the Simulator to become a valuable fund-raiser for the ARHT.

“I would like to thank Hirepool and all those people who have made this possible,” says ARHT Chief Executive, Rea Wikaira. “This will now enable us to train our pilots and crew into the future.

“We are also confident we will get CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) certification so our pilots can use it during training to clock up their approved flying hours. Hirepool has bought in their technology partners Business Technology Group Ltd to assist in ongoing software development to ensure our IT functions are of a quality to make this a reality. This will save us financially as pilots usually have to fly 500 hours per year, which is highly expensive. Being able to use the Simulator, instead of getting a helicopter airborne, will save us time and money.”

The ARHT Simulator, completed at a cost of $80,000, is the only one in Auckland and is equipped with a large screen, controls and computer technology that create a unique simulated experience. The software enables just about any New Zealand location to be identified for the flight path.

The purpose-built trailer also enables the Simulator to be transported and used at other venues. This allows more helicopter pilots the ability to train and make sure that their level of skills for making rescue flights is at peak performance. Hirepool provided the design and engineering of the trailer to house the Flight Simulator, as well as a generator to provide off-site power, valued at close to $50,000.

The dual purpose ensures the Flight Simulator not only enhances pilot and crew skills, but is also a revenue earner for the ARHT. With Hirepool’s state-of-the-art trailer and BTG’s software enhancements, the Simulator can be transported to events such as ‘Big Boys Toys’, and rides can be charged out to provide a source of income. Hirepool Communications Manager Taryn Storey says, “We will offer ARHT continued marketing support for the flight simulator with appearances at targeted events like Girls Day Out and – if they’re lucky – Big Boys Toys!”

Managing Director, Tenby Powell says, “Hirepool is delighted to be able to partner the Trust with this vital piece of equipment. Together with BTG, we also share their dream that the Flight Simulator will receive CAA certification and we will do everything we can to assist in this goal.”


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