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Jun
20
2022

Training Safely

Posted by Admin

Helicopter pilot flight training can be hazardous for reasons I will highlight in this article. I’ve been a flight instructor in the military, a senior instructor for Bell Helicopter in Iran teaching pilots how to be instructor pilots, an instructor and a flight examiner for 13 years while working for the Royal Police Air Wing in the Sultanate of Oman, and a type-rating instructor and type-rating examiner in the Bell 412EP and Bell 212 while working for Abu Dhabi Aviation. While in Abu Dhabi, I trained and examined airline transport pilots hailing from more than 20 countries. In my 13,000-hour flying career, I have developed habits I use while training that I pass along to you to, hopefully, keep you safe. [Read More...]


Tags: aviation safety aviation training Helicopter Safety Helicopter Training my two cents worth randy mains Rotorcraft Pro
Categories: categorySafety



Jun
06
2022

Helicopter Operators Want Voluntary SMS, But Will It Be Enough?

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If anyone ever doubted that smaller helicopter operators want to deploy fully featured, voluntary Safety Management Systems (SMS) in their companies, that doubt was dispelled in 2021. This was when Helicopter Association International (HAI) surveyed its members and found that a significant number of them wanted access to turnkey SMS support programs designed for small helicopter operators. In response to this desire for comprehensive voluntary safety management, HAI sought bids from 14 SMS software providers to help the association launch an affordable, members-only turnkey solution called the HAI SMS Program. Although all 14 bids passed muster, three were so well suited to HAI members’ needs that the association chose them as HAI SMS providers. For the record, these SMS providers are Air Charter Safety Foundation, Baldwin Safety and Compliance, and WYVERN Ltd. [Read More...]



Tags: Air Charter Safety Foundation Baldwin Safety and Compliance Helicopter Safety Management Systems (SMS) WYVERN Ltd.
Categories: categorySafety



Mar
07
2022

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



Aug
30
2021

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



Jul
05
2021

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



Jun
21
2021

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



Apr
12
2021

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



Mar
29
2021

IN FIVE YEARS, HELICOPTER MAINTENANCE WON'T BE THE SAME

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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



Feb
08
2021

THE COMMUNICATION TOOL

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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



Oct
19
2020

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


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