For the SAR-meet, several SAR helicopters and crews were invited. At the
start of the SAR-meet these were the participants:
As the European based helicopters flew themselves to Leeuwarden airbase, the Canadian B412 was airlifted by a Canadian C-17 and after the meeting it was flown back to Canada, again in a C-17.
The SAR-meet was a competition between the SAR helicopters and consisted
of several items:
A Media Day was organized by the Public Relations Office of Leeuwarden airbase on May 27th 2009. During this day, all helicopters would fly the bucket through the obstacle track. A bucket was filled with water and at the end of the obstacle track, the amount of spilled water was measured. During this day, a heavy wind put a lot of stress on the crews to maneuver through the obstacle track. The Slovenian helicopter attached the bucket under the belly of the helicopter; while the other participants attached the bucket to the hoist, which could be manually controlled by the hoist-operator. This manual operation allowed the hoist-operator to guide the bucket though the course, which paid-off for the crews that decided for some manual control. The Slovenian helicopter had some problems controlling the bucket in the heavy wind that day.
After the last item, the scores could be calculated and these
helicopter-crews won gold, silver and bronze:
Thanks to the Leeuwarden PRO and the Dutch Helicopter Command PRO, for their assistance during the Media Day.
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