The 9D6 Modular Egress Training System, recently installed at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville, is scheduled to begin training fixed-wing and rotary aircraft aircrew by the end of April. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)About the training system here. And about the "why" here:
Civilian technician Sean Glase uses a hand-held remote control to lower the new 9D6 underwater egress trainer during a test at Aviation Survival Training Center Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)
METS™ devices simulate underwater disorientation caused by a rapidly sinking, inverted helicopter. Statistically, one helicopter ditching can be expected every 100,000 hours of flying time. In 92% of cases, aircrew will experience less than one (1) minute warning, and 78% will experience less than 15 seconds warning. A realistic aircraft ditching training program and underwater escape trainer must, therefore, be made available for aircrew and passengers who fly over water.More here on training.
Aircrew have to go through this sort of trainer regularly. As do Marines.
I hereby propose that all member of Congress who fly in Navy helicopters or aircraft also go through this training before being allowed to fly out to ships at sea. "This way to the egress..."