Emergency Underwater Breathing Apparatus (EUBA)
involved in helicopter offshore operations over Canadian waters, the Canadian
Aviation Regulations now state that each person on board be provided with and
trained on a EUBA.
Why use EUBA
to the Transportation Safety Board, many studies and reviews support and
encourage the use of EUBA to save lives. For many reasons, escape from a
submerged aircraft may take longer than the time that a victim can be expected
to hold his/her breath – especially if the water is cold.
Also, experience has
shown that a UEBA can have a calming effect on victims undertaking underwater
escape giving them time to think. Individuals suffering excessive levels of
anxiety are also most likely to rush the egress process and forget or fail to
correctly carry out actions such as the release of a harness. Again, EUBA is
likely to be a benefit in such situations.
What is EUBA
Underwater Breathing Apparatus) is a compressed air emergency breathing device
designed to be deployed and used by pilots, crewmembers and passengers to
enhance their survivability in the event of a ditching.
will receive classroom theory on the EUBA followed by practical pool training
that simulates the evacuation of an aircraft that has overturned or is sinking after
a ditching. The course will cover the following topics:
description and operating principles
and post flight equipment inspection
deployment of the EUBA
precautions and hazards
of this training is to provide the participant with the knowledge, understanding
and skill to safely deploy and use the EUBA to assist them to successfully
egress a ditched helicopter or aeroplane and also highlight the limitations and
potential hazards associated with the use of compressed air emergency breathing
This EUBA training
satisfies the requirements of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) 602.66(1)(c)
for offshore helicopter flight operations.
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