The LifeFlight Training Academy is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and a CASA approved Training Organisation

Courses offered meet current and projected international and national training program requirements through our RTO #2762

LifeFlight endeavour to provide course materials and practical simulation system training to reflect the environment and situations that students may experience in their aviation workplace


All LifeFlight instructors are highly qualified with operational aviation experience

Instructors come with both military and civilian experience in a wide variety of Aviation and Helicopter emergency medical and rescue mission profiles:

Search and Rescue


Air Crewman

Rescue Crewman

Marine Safety and Survival Technicians

In essence students are taught aviation safety skill sets by experienced aviation instructors.

Training Methods

LifeFlight utilises purpose built Aircraft Underwater Escape Trainers (AUET) to simulate helicopter ditching situations.  Although the AUET is not meant to replicate any particular type of helicopter, it is a generic trainer.

When training in the AUET students are required to operate a variety of exit systems, this enhances the ability for the student to retain underwater egress skill sets:

Opening hinged doors, Opening sliding doors, Jettisoning doors, and Pushing out exit windows.

Students are also required to locate exits and egress while wearing blackout masks, and perform secondary exit egresses.


Two LifeFlight instructors covering water safety are in the water

LifeFlight AUETS have the ability to be Safely Raised from the water within 5 seconds if required

Two scuba divers with a minimum qualification of Dive Master, monitor trainee safety during all underwater scenarios


Underwater Escape Skill Retention Research

The results of a 2006 study conducted by the Dalhousie University in Canada confirmed that skill retention was greatly enhanced in students who completed practical HUET using the LifeFlight AUET type system, were trainees were required to operate multiple harness and exit types

The Trial

153 subjects were divided into 3 groups

Group 1                 52 students completed 2 HUET scenarios were no exits were present (doors off / windows out)

Group 2                 47 students completed 3 HUET scenarios were 1 exit type needed to be operated

Group 3                 54 students completed 5 HUET scenarios were 2 or more exits were required to be operated (AUET)

All subjects were retested 6 months later in 1 scenario were students were required to operate 2 exits types to egress successfully


Group 1 - 28 students egressed with no assistance                      24 Failed, required assistance

Group 2 - 38 students egressed with no assistance                      9 Failed, required assistance

Group 3 - 52 students egressed with no assistance                      2 Failed, required assistance

The study confirmed that students completing HUET / EBS utilising the AUET type practical trainer were multiple exit types were required to be operated, had a 96% chance of retaining the skill set over a period of time.

Cunningham Statistical Evidence Study

The study researched survival rates covering 234 Helicopter ditching’s carrying 1093 occupants

66% survived without AUET type training

91.5% survived with LifeFlight AUET type training

For further information regarding fit for purpose aviation training conducted by aviation industry instructors please contact the LifeFlight Training Academy:

20 Boronia Road, Brisbane Airport QLD 4008