F1 helps British Army's Apache operations

A flypast at Silverstone last week marked the conclusion of a unique collaboration between the British Army Air Corps and the FIA and the F1 racing community. FIA technical consultant Nick Wirth advised the School of Army Aviation at Middle Wallop on the application of F1 pitstop drill and safety techniques to Forward Arming & Refuelling Points for Augusta Westland Apache helicopters. Consequently the army has cut FARP downtimes by up to 50 percent

F1 helps British Army's Apache operations

Army personnel under Brig Richard Folkes, the director of Army Aviation, also visited F1 events to observe pitstop routines and the latest safety equipment used by the F1 crews. The Apache FARP crews have since adopted lightweight protective motorsport clothing such as safer 'flash' hoods and fire-resistant face masks, suits and gloves.

Brig Folkes commented: "We're extremely grateful for the positive support and assistance we've received from F1 during this project. Professionalism, innovation and disciplined drills are keys to success for both of us. This collaboration has significantly improved the operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Apache."

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