Short courses

Volo Mission launches “short courses”

Mission Volo press release | March 9, 2022

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Texas-based Volo Mission is very excited to welcome HAI and the industry to Texas for HAI Heli-Expo 2022

We are also excited to introduce a new series of short vertical/long line reference and aerial firefighting courses and exercises to better support and serve our customers and industry.

Volo Mission CEO Kim Hutchings recently completed an online training course for the first time. Volo Mission’s hands-on course trains students in ground and flight operations. Photo by Billy Hardiman

Based on customer feedback and a growing need, we have designed these additional courses and exercises to improve our overall program and be able to offer more external load/fire training options to the industry. Short courses are designed for companies, agencies and individuals who may already have experience in the utility and fire industry but need refresher or recurrent training or who do not have the time or resources available to provide the required training in-house.

Short courses usually last 3-5 hours and 2 days

Accuracy/Build: Industry longline pilots who want to further their skills and get into precision/construction work. This training includes the newest VM exercise setting steel sections on the “Satellite Phone Tower”.

Aerial firefighting: Build on existing long line skills and introduce the pilot to the basics of aerial firefighting. Or an existing fire pilot who wants to brush up on their skills before the start of fire season, or a fire pilot preparing for a short-haul checkride using VM’s new Short Haul training exercise.

Job readiness or job assessment

Preparation for employment – Long line pilots preparing for a demonstration of skills and knowledge for a potential employer or a flight review. Designed to hone skills that haven’t been used recently to prepare for the upcoming event.

Work evaluation – Designed for businesses with limited time and readily available equipment. A thorough examination of a potential new pilot to determine the level of knowledge and skill relating to external loading and fire operations.

Recurring training: For long-line pilots who need to refresh their knowledge and skills to maintain their skills, or who may be re-entering the external load industry after an extended break.

A final addition to the program, although not a short course, is:

Construction of foundations for companies: Volo Mission develops basic longline skills and knowledge (10 hours), then your company takes over to complete specialized pilot training for the job, contract or specific company needs.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Volo Mission.