LIHU‘E — In order to continue Operation Airlifts, removing literally tons of marine debris from Kaua‘i’s remote or inaccessible coastline, volunteers of the Kaua‘i Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation underwent certification in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Interagency Aviation Training program.
Six of the nine volunteers who passed the online A-100 Basic Aviation Safety course were able to attend the A-219 classroom and field training of the Helicopter Transport of External Cargo course offered by OAS (Office of Aviation Safety) certified trainer Bryan Buckingham and assisted by Scott Nelson of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, with the collaboration of Jack Harter Helicopters (Eli Hobbs, pilot).
This course provided technical training and procedures for performing helicopter external load operations. Participants were given the opportunity to develop the skills to safely perform hover hookups and longline operations via a live helicopter.
Surfrider Kaua‘i is looking forward to returning to areas of massive marine-debris accumulation in the spring and removing more than 60 tons of debris yet again this year.
To join the Surfrider marine-debris-removal program, contact Barbara Wiedner at 635-2593 or go to kauai.surfrider.org/beach-cleanup.