This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to conduct hoisting operations, in compliance with relevant regulatory requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and national operating standards.
It includes preparing for hoisting operations, performing hoisting operations, responding to hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations, and concluding hoisting operations.
This unit addresses aviation technical skill requirements (physical, mental and task-management abilities) related to aircraft operational duties of flight crew, and contributes to safe and effective performance in complex aviation operational environments.
Operations are conducted as part of recreational, commercial and military aircraft activities across a variety of operational contexts within the Australian aviation industry.
Work is performed independently or under limited supervision within a single-pilot or multi-crew environment.
Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.
Use for Defence Aviation is to be in accordance with relevant Defence Orders, Instructions, Publications and Regulations.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Elements describe the essential outcomes.
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
Prepare for hoisting operations
Hoisting equipment is prepared and checked
Helicopter safety hazards are identified using established procedures
Aircraft power availability is calculated
Wind speed and direction are determined
Approach and overshoot paths are determined
Hoisting location and surrounds are checked for suitability
Hoist is prepared and checked for correct operation
Hoisting operation plan is developed and communicated to flight crew
Perform hoisting operations
Helicopter is manoeuvred to the most appropriate hover position to perform safe hoisting operations
Hoisting accessories/equipment items are checked and attached to hoist hook
Aircraft operational/control checks are conducted as required
Flight crew situational awareness of hoisting operation and aircraft flight performance is maintained using appropriate voice and/or non-verbal communication procedures
Passengers are deployed/dispatched, monitored, retrieved and secured to achieve operational requirements
Stores are deployed/dispatched, monitored, retrieved and secured to achieve operational requirements
Aircraft hoist system is operated in accordance with equipment operating procedures
Respond to hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations
Hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations are identified, diagnosed and communicated to other flight crew
Hoist emergency or remedial actions are undertaken to maintain safety of flight and/or to complete hoist operations
Conclude hoisting operations
Hoisting accessories/equipment items are removed from hoist hook and stowed
Hoist is secured and checked for serviceability
Aircraft maintenance documentation is completed
Evidence of Performance
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions on at least one occasion and include:
applying crew resource management (CRM) principles
applying precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate identified hazards
applying relevant helicopter aeronautical knowledge
applying relevant legislation and workplace procedures
assembling hoisting equipment
communicating effectively with others
completing relevant documentation
deploying and redeploying hoist cable to full length:
in ground effect
out of ground effect
determining wind speed and direction
identifying and using required communications technology
implementing contingency plans
maintaining situational awareness
modifying activities depending on operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
monitoring work activities in terms of planned schedule
operating and adapting to differences in communications equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures
operating hoist and associated primary and alternate hoist controls
operating hoisting accessories
planning own work, predicting consequences and identifying improvements
reading, interpreting and following relevant regulations, instructions, procedures, information and signs
reporting and/or rectifying identified problems, faults or malfunctions promptly, in accordance with workplace procedures
using communication skills for conning
working collaboratively with others
working systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment.
Evidence of Knowledge
Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements, performance criteria and range of conditions and include knowledge of:
abnormal/emergency situations and responses
aircraft approach and overshoot considerations
aircraft control voice and communications procedures
aircraft safety including day and night considerations
approved operational procedures and processes for different hoisting operations
aviation risk management processes
CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards Schedule 3 Aeronautical Knowledge relevant to helicopter operations
correct hoist and equipment configuration
crew resource management (CRM) principles
helicopter capabilities and limitations
hoist capabilities and limitations
hoist emergency procedures
hoisting considerations within a range of operational environments:
bushfire affected areas
meaning of non-verbal communications signals relevant to aircraft hoist configuration:
aircraft go around
ready to be hoisted
organisational policy and procedures for conducting hoisting operations
typical problems that may occur and actions and appropriate solutions
work heath and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) issues applicable to hoisting operations.
As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.
Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.
Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations. Where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that reflect workplace conditions.
Resources for assessment must include access to:
a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or simulations
acceptable means of simulation assessment
applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals
relevant materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry.
Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.
Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.
Hoisting operations must include one or more of the following:
litter kit/equipment deployment/redeployment
rescue equipment deployment/redeployment
Hoisting equipment must include one or more of the following:
double lift harness
hi-line transfer equipment
rope harness sling
single rescue sling
transfer equipment and message bag
Hoisting emergencies and abnormal situations must include one or more of the following:
aircraft electrical/mechanical failure
aircraft system failure
communications equipment failure
hoist equipment malfunction
intercom system failure during hoisting operations
Y â€“ Aircraft Operation and Traffic Management