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Program hopes to train pilots and medics together for med flight

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Aeromedical evacuation is one of the world's riskiest professions and accident rates are going up. But, the UW College of Engineering Flight Simulation Lab is working to reverse that trend. 

Dr. Chris Johnson, from the Department of Industrial Systems and Engineering at UW-Madison, is working to build technology that can bring the pilots of med flight helicopters together with the medics for to train for risky situations that can arise. He says right now, pilots get trained in flight simulators, medics get trained in medical simulators, and the first time these teams ever come together is in a real operational mission, which he says is dangerous. 

Johnson is working on a flight simulator that will have scenarios that will require the pilots and medics to work together, like in bad weather. 

You can find more information about Johnson's research, here.

Johnson joined us on 27 news at 5 on Wednesday.

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