Griffon Hoverwork's Chief Pilot travelled to Trios Rivieres, Quebec to conduct a 'train the trainer' course for the Canadian Coast Guard. Three senior captains from the hovercraft unit, two from Quebec and one from the Vancouver base attended the course.
The train the trainer course will enable the Canadian Coast Guard to deliver an internal hovercraft pilot training course and to issue a Type Rating Certificate to new pilots.
The two week course was a combination of practical and classroom lectures/demonstrations, in techniques in training new pilots. Each of the Coast Guard Captains put into practice what had been demonstrated, and acted as the Instructor to train a new hovercraft pilot.
Upon successful completion of the training and practical assessments, the Captains were each issued with a Griffon Hoverwork Type Rating Instructor Certificate and an Examiner Certificate.
Griffon Hoverwork's Chief Pilot, Robert Trussler commented, "It was a remarkable two weeks, at one point there was nearly 100 years of hovercraft experience in the control cabin, it was as beneficial to Griffon as it was to the Coast Guard, with all parties having a very open mind in different approaches to training. At the end of the course a stable platform was built using all the experience available to come up with an excellent training programme for new pilots of the AP188/400's."
The Canadian Coast Guard operate four AP188/400's and one AP188/100s, the hovercraft have a very large operational role, from search and rescue (SAR), buoy servicing to ice breaking.