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Safety is TOPS!

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The air tour industry has been heavily scrutinized in recent years. Whether for safety concerns by the general public and legislators, noise complaints, or limiting access to National Parks, operators in this sector have been faced with challenging times. Intensify the situation with the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and these companies barely continued to keep the lights on this year. Fortunately, air tour operators are resilient and resourceful with helping to address these types of issues. They provide a valued service to passengers who eagerly seek out this mode of sightseeing and who might not otherwise have access to the unique and beautiful locations throughout the world. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicoper Tour Operators TOPS Tour Operators Program of Safety
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categorySafety


Editor's Letter - 56 Seconds to Live/Training and Technology

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In February of this year, the United States Helicopter Safety Team, with support from Helicopter Association International, Airbus, and Frasca International produced a short video titled 56 Seconds to Live.  In this chilling video, the viewer is taken on a dramatized journey, which shows a pilot making all the wrong decisions during the process of accepting a flight, which then leads to an IIMC condition, culminating in his death. At the very end his spouse and child stand at his grave. Given the challenging nature of helicopter air ambulance (HAA) work, IIMC accidents have always been a large part of HAA accident stats over the decades. I often wonder: are we getting better as an industry? [Read More...]

Tags: Editors Letter Rotorcraft Pro Editor Lyn Burks
Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial


Simulation Technology Advances Enhance Reasons to Use Helicopter Simulation Training

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All over the world, helicopter flight training is at the heart of every facet of helicopter operations. Whether training a new hire, or providing recurrent training to seasoned pilots, the quality and quantity of training can have an impact on areas like accident rates, safety in operations, and direct operating costs. As is in most industries, technology is advancing rapidly and making simulation training more realistic and cost effective. It used to be that only larger helicopters like the Sikorsky S76, Bell 412, or Airbus Super Puma would have simulators available for clients to train in. Now even light twins such as Airbus H135 and single engine helicopters such as Bell 505, Airbus H125 and Robinson R44 have simulators available for training. [Read More...]

Tags: Entrol flight simulation flight simulators FlightSafety International FRASCA Helicopter Simulator Advance HeliSim Rotorsim
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety


Evidence Based Training

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Have you heard the term “evidence based training” (EBT)?  It’s sometimes referred to as “competency based training.”  EBT is a relatively new approach to flight training developed in 2013 on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that was led by a group of airline industry experts to increase the effectiveness of pilot training to meet the challenges of airline operations in the 21st century. If the past is any indication of the future, I think we will hear more about EBT in our industry.  [Read More...]

Tags: Competency-Based Education in Aviation Evidence Based Training International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryTraining categorySafety


New U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

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WASHINGTON DC – As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is moving forward with some first steps to increase safety by encouraging the development and installation of stability augmentation systems and autopilot devices that increase the flight stability of light helicopters. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety



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By inventing technological advances that allow Health, Usage and Monitoring Systems (HUMS) to expand to the smallest of rotorcraft, GPMS is democratizing a powerful tool that not long ago was reserved only for heavy helicopters.  GPMS launched its compact, speedy and lightweight next-gen Foresight MX in 2018, and it's already proving its worth many times over.  GPMS co-founders Eric Bechhoefer and Jack Taylor met at Goodrich (now Collins Aerospace), where they worked on first-generation HUMS that weren't feasible for 95 percent of aircraft because they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, weighed more than 100 pounds, and required signal processing experts to interpret data. A former Naval aviator, Bechhoefer decided he was going to re-engineer and put the product within reach of all sizes of helicopter. [Read More...]

Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categorySafety



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My first exposure to aviation began in the U.S. Air Force.  When training in my chosen field was postponed, I was asked to crosstrain to a secondary career field.  “We really need aircraft mechanics,” I was told. I readily agreed, and so the adventure began. Later, as a crew chief for the F16 Fighting Falcon, I quickly learned the importance of marshaling aircraft and the use of hand signals…flight controls-check, speed brake-check, stop, go, chock, and the aircraft salute. Little did I know at the time that these simple hand signals would become part of an especially important essential tool that we must use every day. We have already discussed the tool of integrity: doing the right thing, and the tool of commitment: the fuel for action. Let us now look at the essential tool of communication.  [Read More...]

Tags: aircraft mechanics Aviation Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial


Check that box, and fly it to the ground!

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This true ordeal occurred on 14 April 2000, and was written by Chris Kruse, a retired U.S. Army and civilian medevac pilot: St. Paul, MN 14 April 2000, 16:12 hrs. Bell 222UT, N225LL NTSB: CHI-000FA111 Sometimes life comes at you in small drips. At other times, like a fire hose stream. And still at other times, it resembles a water tower collapse. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter Crashes Helicopter Emergency Procedures Helicopter Safety
Categories: categoryCareer Development categorySafety


USHST August 2020 Monthly Safety Report

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USHST August 2020 Monthly Safety Report [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter Accidents Helicopter Safety USHST Safety Report
Categories: categorySafety


Preventing the Post-Crash Fire: Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero Team Up to Improve Safety

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In the world of rotorcraft emergencies, not all situations are equal. There’s a huge difference between a generator failure, engine fire or anti-torque system failure. I think if you were to poll pilots, just the mention of certain crises will make the hair stand up on the back of every pilot’s neck, and they pray that it never will happen to them. For me, there are two such crises: a tail-rotor gearbox failure, and any situation that would cause me to hit the ground hard enough to rupture a fuel tank and spark a post-crash fire. [Read More...]

Categories: categorySafety

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