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Aviation Safety Training

Aviation safety training is an essential component of the NOAA Aviation Safety Program.  The following table outlines training requirements for qualified non-crewmembers participating in Mission Operations flights for NOAA:

See Minimum Training Standards for detailed specifics of subjects that must be covered.

Also see the list of training vendors who offer these courses.

Aviation Safety Training

Training Method NOAA E-Learning Egress Video Classroom & Hands-on* Classroom & Hands-on*
Training Frequency annual annual annual annual once every 5 years one time
Flight Purpose & Environ-mental Conditions Personnel NOAA Aviation Policy and Procedures Basic Aviation Safety and Survival Aviation
Water Ditching, Safety and Survival Aviation Safety and Cold Weather Survival
Operations Over Land NOAA      
Operations Over Water NOAA  
Operations in Cold Weather (<32F) NOAA    

*Note: Practical portion of Classroom & Hands-on training may be observed with a physician declared impairment

Note: NOAA Personnel may request more frequent training than what is listed above

Helicopter Emergency Egress Device (HEED) requires specialized training

NOAA ALSE or equipment of similar design should be used in the training environment whenever possible.

Managers can use the Aviation Safety Training Tracker spreadsheet as a tool to track employees that have completed the training or require refresher training.

Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE)
required to be carried in the aircraft or worn by personnel  

Flight Purpose and Environmental Conditions Life Raft of sufficient capacity for
all aircraft occupants
Personal Floatation
Device (PFD) (Life Vest)
Personal Emergency Locator Transmitter Anti-Exposure Suit
Operations Over Water  
Operations over cold water
(<59F water temp and/or <32F air temp)

Note: Personal issue and/or use of a Helicopter Emergency Egress Device (HEED), Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Device (HABD), or other compressed air breathing device for underwater egress is only authorized for individuals who have received training to use the particular device.


Additional Training Resources

Aircrew Survival Videos (from the FAA)

The links below go directly to the videos which can also be found on the Aircrew Survival Videos Web page

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