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February 1, 2013
The conscientious helicopter pilot is almost always engaged in active accommodation of at least two completely separate sets of safety challenges. The first, of course, is the actual accomplishment of physical safety. The licensing and qualification mechanisms conventionally observed in U.S. helicopter operations ensure that legitimately experienced pilots are expected to be technically competent to safely...
February 1, 2013
We live in amazing times. As I compose this month’s column on my laptop, I’ve got my tablet to the left of me, and my smartphone to my right. Poised and ready to provide the answers to all my questions, they are the ultimate reference. Well, almost. I’ve been “googling” around for a while now, looking for a human factors term I learned in graduate school, yet I simply cannot...
February 1, 2013
As you may have heard, we recently lost a crew of fellow police aviators. Officers Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley of the Atlanta Police Department went down in their OH-6 on Nov. 3 at approximately 2230 hours while searching for a missing nine-year-old. Wires were involved, but as of this writing it’s unclear if those lines caused the accident, or if they were struck because their...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 1, 2013
CAE Sikorsky MH-60R TOFT cockpit simulator. The Royal Australian Navy will purchase 24 MH-60Rs from Sikorsky with the first two deliveries scheduled for 2014. In a spread of contracts valued at around $70 million announced by global simulation and training organization CAE, there is one requirement for the development of two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) for the Royal Australian Navy...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
January 1, 2013
CAE has an unparalleled breadth of experience in helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal. In fact, no other company has designed training systems for a greater variety of rotary wing platforms. CAE has simulated helicopters from virtually all the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kaman, MD...
December 11, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team has appointed Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson to its executive committee. Representatives from...
December 11, 2012
Robert Lewis is the new vice president and general manager of CAE’s Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance...
December 1, 2012
Even with today’s advancing technology, good radio communications, absolutely vital to safe operations, sometimes seem to have become a lost set of arts. Radio traffic in all helicopter communities, to include operationally ancillary activities, should be made consistently effective through both precision and concision, taking advantage of at least a moderate degree of standardization among users...
November 15, 2012
The National EMS Pilots Association has given its Pilot of the Year award to Jim Glasner, who flies for EagleMed in Wichita, Kan. Glasner got his start...
November 13, 2012
Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has given its 2012 Presidential Citation to Bristow Group’s Target Zero program. The award recognizes organizations that have exhibited “outstanding...
November 7, 2012
The use of helicopters to fight high-rise fires, defined as being over seven stories, can cause more harm than good if operators are not properly trained, according to Glenn Daley of the New York Police Department. Daley was one of several speakers at the “High-Rise Aerial Firefighting and Rescue” conference held during the fifth biennial Dubai Helishow on November 6. For example, he noted, the...
November 1, 2012
I’m an Army National Guard pilot and my unit recently went through an “ARMS” inspection. It occurs about every three years and is a detailed inspection of everything an aviation unit does, which includes checkrides for the unit pilots. During this most recent inspection I made some mental observations about training that I’d like to share. First off, there is no cramming for...
October 31, 2012
Sikorsky subsidiary Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has obtained International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 1 certification. The International...
October 30, 2012
American Eurocopter presented its 2012 Vision Zero Safety Award to MedFlight of Ohio during the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference last week in...
October 26, 2012
Denver-based Colorado Heli-Ops has expanded its office by moving across the runway at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC). The...
October 23, 2012
Oviedo, Fla.-based Elite Simulation Solutions has released three new helicopter simulation devices, two of which are based on Eurocopter variants. The MH-350 open cockpit trainer is modeled after the AS350B. Similar to...
October 23, 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) will be sponsoring a new award this year called the Moral Courage award. The recognition is the “brainchild” of D. Smith (Acting Aviation Division Chief of TSI). In the aviation community, there are multiple rotorcraft aviation safety awards presented each year to various individuals and organizations. However, none of the existing...
October 10, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters is planning to host a free public safety helicopter symposium on March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. The...
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