Green Smoke: [homer.jpg]Could have been worse.
durbnpoisn: Look at it this way... If you were JUST in a helicopter accident, the odds are pretty well in your favor that it won't happen again anytime soon.Sort of like when the plane crashed into the house in The World According to Garp. "We'll take it. What are the odds that will ever happen again?!"
hardinparamedic: they'll typically keep their hands on the roof of the cabin.
I just completed helicopter/water survival (it's called HUET, for the record), you are trained to find a point of reference (usually a seat or window corner) to maintain reference when you flip. You tuck your head onto your chest, grab the seat edges and tuck your feet together. Anything not folded in will be flung around. (Including hands on the ceiling). Here is a great list of videos showing the training. (I ususally do the blue octagon one in the indoor pool, but have done OPIDO open water survival in Norway.)Finding the roof would help you find the roof under water and upside down. The point of reference is for finding the release point for the exit you are next to and your seat-belt. The sequence is also stressed: OPEN EXIT FIRST (whether it's pulling the seal from the window and pushing it out or unlatching the door from the hinges and letting it fall away) THEN release your restraint. You WILL be disoriented and your body WILL freak out from a) being upside down b) the water running up your nose and 3) the shock of the water./work offshore//HUET is required training
hardinparamedic: They'll maintain a point of contact during flight to maintain orientation.
kendelrio: So if you are on a 45 minute flight, you fly with your hand on the roof???Spatial orientation is found by finding a fixed point and using it for reference during times of confusion.While I have never heard of using the roof as a reference point, and have never been trained to do so, I can see using it shortly before/during a crash, but to fly with your hand on the roof just seems silly.
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