Long Range, Round-the-Clock SAR Missions in All Weather Conditions
For this type of SAR mission, the main requirement for the aircraft—in addition to the equipment mentioned above— is a complete deicing system, sophisticated navigation and search equipment, and extra medical equipment for taking care of survivors. The cockpit can also be equipped with a digital mapping system coupled with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) used by boats, and a satellite radio link. The cabin can be equipped with a console for the hoist operator, which displays the radar information, and has controls for the FLIR and the searchlight. To ensure the success of the mission, a back-up hoist can also take over should the main hoist fail.