Pilot training for disaster response! Posted December 12, 2008 by Adrian Nance


Pilot training is a routine activity, but it costs.  Thanks to the generosity of Helicharter we now have a freshly re-qualified pilot ready for disaster response if we are called upon.

Free pilot training

Belgian, Wim van der Burg-Zeethoven has had free training from Helicharter.  A kind donor made a helicopter available and paid for the training pilot and for Wim’s accommodation too.

Wim was at Manston during November and December of 2008.  His first flight was on 27 November and his in-flight check was on 12 December.  A great Christmas present – free pilot training!

Wim can not only can fly the Jet Ranger (our preferred helicopter) but was also checked out on the Augusta Westland 109.  He has an aptitude for twin engined helicopters too.  This means more flexibility in aid response.  Great.

Thank you

Thank you to Helicharter and to Ken Wills for suggesting it.  Good luck Wim!

An update

By July 2013, Wim had accumulated 2000 flying hours and was an experienced Helicopter Ambulance pilot.  He is a key part of our network to grow a helicopter air ambulance capability for disasters in Southern Africa.  He also may be released by his employers to help our disaster response in Africa.