Post Hard Landing Survival

Increasing technology has provided an avenue enabling the transport of critically ill patients by sophisticated means not previously available. The growth of aeromedical programs across the country has been phenomenal. With this growth has come the necessity for highly trained flight teams. Survival and emergency preparedness should be an integral part of aeromedical training.

ETI has developed specific survival training programs for aeromedical operations, which is designed to give crew members a working knowledge of the most vital survival techniques for varying terrain and weather conditions. During the training participants are exposed to skills and ideas which deal specifically with the aeromedical setting. Through discussion, demonstrations, simulations and hands on participation, crew members learn essential knowledge and skills.

The format of the course can be designed to fit the specific needs of the contracting organization. Standard courses are 1-3 days in length. Single day training programs are taught in the classroom. Multi-day courses include both classroom and field training with emphasis placed on practical experience in the field. Our courses are challenging, fast paced, and designed to promote student involvement. Where possible, emergency simulations are included. There are no prerequisites or special equipment required for enrollment in the courses. Optional overnight simulations are also available.

There are a variety of subject areas covered during the aeromedical course. Each course is customized to meet the requirements of the sponsoring organization. Some of the subject areas are listed below:

General Survival Concepts

  • Anatomy of a survival situation
  • Psychology of survival
  • Planning vs Panic
  • Skill vs will to survive
  • Survival leadership
  • After the landing (when an aircraft isn't an aircraft anylonger
  • Improvisation-the key to survival
  • Salvaging for survival
  • Thinking like a pirate, living like a caveman
  • Anticipating problems

Priorities In Cold Environments

  • The layering system
  • Hypothermia/Frostbite
  • Cold weather shelters
  • The aircraft as shelter
  • Food and water in a cold environment
  • Snow shelters
  • Fires for heat
  • High tech heat

Priorities In A Hot Environment

  • Shelters from heat
  • Water requirements
  • Finding or manufacturing water
  • Heat illness review


  • When to travel
  • Staying found
  • Direction finding methods
  • GPS review
  • High-tech communication in a remote environment


  • Search and rescue for remote locations
  • Self-rescue
  • Signaling basics
  • Primitive signaling techniques
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Signaling workshop

Survival Kits

  • Essential equipment (never leave home without it)
  • Personal survival kits
  • Aircraft survival kits
  • Using medical equipment and supplies for survival


The cost is variable depending upon the number of participants, the location, and length of the program.


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The training can be provided in any location

Course Scheduling

Courses can be scheduled at the convenience of the participating organization, based on our availability. Contact our office for complete information and a detailed proposal.


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Montrose, CO 81402

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