Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

The nature of helicopter operations have them often flying at low level over water undertaking various tasks; firebucketing, police operations, survey, search and rescue, marine pilot transfer, oceanographic support, the list goes on. Because of the low level nature of these operations, the amount of warning available to aircrew, mission crew and passengers is limited should a significant malfunction occur. Helicopter Underwater Escape Training markedly increases the chances of surviving such an incident.

RHO Aviation’s HUET course teaches you the skills you need to escape a submerged helicopter or other vehicle. Using our specially designed Helicopter Procedural Escape Trainers – (HeliPET & 4PET) we can come to you and provide you all the training you need. Our procedural trainers come in various seat configurations allowing effective escape training in an accredited training environment.

Once you have the techniques, they can easily be adapted to whatever aircraft you are operating. Every time you, your colleagues or passengers get into an aircraft, you’ll consider your exits, your harnesses, your escape plan and after-ditching actions. That’s what we teach you and our simulators allow you to develop your practical skills in order to hone your technique.

HUET Course Syllabus
Accredited Training – RTO No: 32005

Choose which HUET course best suits your needs:

Unit – PMAWHS214 – UNDERTAKE HELICOPTER SAFETY & ESCAPE (From the Chemicals, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package)

The PMAWHS214 course is designed primarily for passengers


Unit – AVIF2014 – UNDERTAKE AIRCRAFT UNDERWATER ESCAPE and SURVIVAL (From the Aviation Training Package)

The AVIF2014 course is designed for aircrew and supplemental mission crews

Click here to download the HUET Information Handbook (PDF, 833KB)

The HUET courses RHO Aviation offers are accredited Units of training under the Australian Quality Training Framework. All students upon successfully completing the course will receive a nationally recognised qualification certificate and a wallet size photo HUET certification card.

The program has been developed for those aircrew and frequent flying passengers that travel in aircraft over water. The student base consists of commercial, government and military personnel.

Why Procedural Trainers?

Our Procedural Trainers are the next generation of underwater disorientation devices and HUET trainers for they have all the benefits of the single-seat disorientation trainer and then some.

Having extensive experience in single-seat disorientation trainers, crane-lowered metal cage simulators and full-sized gantry-raised simulator systems, we decided that there had to be an alternative. The single-seat trainer was too small and limited and in its current design but easy to transport. The full-sized gantry-raised simulators were expensive and needed a fixed facility. The metal-cage ‘dunker’ was mobile but still required a pool with crane access. The solution? A specially-designed multi-seat procedural system with more realistic jettisonable hatches that can be easily transported anywhere and operated by our team of professional instructors. The HeliPET or 4PET is the answer to your HUET and EBS training requirements. We can tailor courses to accommodate your busy schedule anywhere you are.

The ‘Dunkers’

RHO Aviation’s 4PET is a larger totally mobile procedural trainer (below left). It allows training in more advanced scenarios and is a great supplement to the HeliPET (below right). All procedural trainers have operable jettisonable exits, four point seatbelts and high back seats. They are excellent simulators for cross cabin/secondary exit training and also emergency breathing system training.


Vocational Outcomes

Personnel that are involved in a ditching face a multitude of hazards. The chance of a crewmember or passenger evacuating a ditched aircraft safely and ultimately surviving is determined by the level and quality of training they have received. Once the student has undertaken this training, the chances of successfully evacuating the helicopter and subsequent survival in the water are significantly increased.

Topics Covered

The following topics are covered on the course:

• Prepare to and Evacuate from a Helicopter
• Identify hazards boarding and departing from helicopters
• Describe helicopter escape techniques
• Perform personal preparation checks prior to flight
• Identify helicopter safety and emergency equipment
• Follow a procedure to egress a ditched aircraft

Personal Survival

• Inflate the PFD (lifejacket) in accordance with procedure
• Demonstrate the ability to swim whilst wearing a lifejacket
• Demonstrate towing techniques whilst wearing a lifejacket
• Perform the HELP Position for a duration of 2 to 4 minutes
• Participate in a group huddle

Life Raft Management

• Participate in raft righting & entry
• Participate in immediate/subsequent action drills while in a liferaft

Rescue Considerations

• Use the appropriate water entry technique from a height of 1 metre (subject to the training location)
• Demonstrate rescue equipment and procedures for use
• Use the appropriate heli-winching techniques (subject to the training location)

Practical Training

Students will be given instruction in underwater escape procedures for a variety of ditching situations using a ditching simulator. These include:

• Inverted ditching important for flying
• Night time simulation HUET is the key to escape
• Exits – operation or exit obstruction industry leader
• Cross cabin evacuation (Course duration – 1 day)

Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) Training is gaining widespread usage as an adjunct to HUET. For information on this type of training, click here.