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August 1, 2011
In my last column, I wrote about the safety enthusiasm in a “Just Culture” that permeated throughout the HAI Convention back in March. This culture is a partnership with management and all employees. A safety culture is ultimately a leadership responsibility and needs management commitment. Let’s look and see what a “Just Culture” is all about. I’ve attended many great...
August 1, 2011
In February 2009, FlightSafety International made a move to the offshore helicopter training market in a big way. This is the opening date for the company’s 78,000-square-foot training center in Lafayette, La. Up and running are two Level D full flight motion simulators, both for Sikorsky helicopters—the S-92 and the S-76C+, convertible to the C++. Also installed and running are two Bell...
July 27, 2011
Night Flight Concepts, in partnership with aerospace physiology consulting firm Delta P, has created a website that serves as a resource for educational material surrounding hand-held laser pointers...
July 1, 2011
CHC Helicopter Services recently solved an issue with a gear indicator on its Eurocopter AS332L Super Puma fleet using its safety management system (SMS). Pilots reported hearing and feeling the landing gear move into place, yet the indicators continued to display one of the gears in the “up”...
July 1, 2011
High winds and turbulence tend to be manageable when a helicopter is in level flight, but have a stronger impact during take-off, landing and hovering.  Russian Helicopters In February 2008, Senators Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, along with a three-star general, were riding in a helicopter that was forced to make an emergency landing at 10,500 feet in the middle of the Afghanistan mountains...
July 1, 2011
Water egress training is not just about escaping the aircraft, but about all aspects of surviving a water emergency. Familiarizing one’s self with treading water while wearing a helmet, flight suit and boots is an essential part of any training scenario. The first time I ever flew over a large body of water as pilot-in-command was in a single-engine Robinson R22. I had a whopping 120 hours in my...
July 1, 2011
I’ve enjoyed the high privilege of flying both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, in both military and civilian settings, thanks to Navy, Coast Guard and Pan-Am tours of duty, additionally padded by a long list of other miscellaneous aviation activities. I consequently feel qualified to conclude that rotary wing equipment and helicopter operating environments frequently tend to demand more of their...
June 22, 2011
Air Rescue Systems has completed its second helicopter operations and rescue training school for the...
June 10, 2011
Cobham has reached an agreement with On Course Solutions to become a provider of customer pilot training for its...
June 8, 2011
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has developed a training course for NVG firefighting in response to outbreak of wildfires...
June 1, 2011
AgustaWestland has created an OGP aviation safety advisers training program. The course seeks to give safety advisers in the oil and gas industry technical synopses of the...
June 1, 2011
Squadron, Inc. Photo Hi-Jet Helicopter Services of Paramaribo, Suriname recently contracted the Squadron, Inc. to provide an operational safety assist visit as part of Hi-Jet implementing a safety management...
June 1, 2011
You are a small helicopter operator and you have recently purchased one of those high speed-low drag safety management systems (SMS). Congratulations. Now what? You open the box, start clicking the computer and pretty soon find yourself facing a lot of forms that need filling in, along with a lot of questions needing answering by your co-workers. So you go asking those questions and before you know it...
May 20, 2011
Broomfield, Colo.-based Rotors of the Rockies has initiated an NVG training program that...
May 19, 2011
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited has reached an agreement to distribute L-3 Warrior Systems...
May 1, 2011
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained an extension to continue night vision...
May 1, 2011
Type-II laser pointers, such as this one, can project a 1–4 m/W beam as far as 800 feet. Many communities around the world have passed laws prohibiting them from being pointed at people, land vehicles and aircraft. I suppose it was 1986-ish when I held a laser device in my hand for the first time. It was mounted on an assault weapon a fellow officer in the Special Operations Division had recently...
April 4, 2011
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has received a contract to continue providing night vision goggle...
April 4, 2011
This month I decided to take a different direction in discussing aviation safety by writing about HAI’s Heli-Expo in March. I was part of the Rotor & Wing editorial team covering the event and spent much of my time at the magazine’s booth talking to pilots, manufacturers, safety officers and other aviation safety enthusiasts. All one has to do is walk around the display areas to see how...
April 1, 2011
The Fenestron shrouded tail rotor features a stator and asymmetrically spaced blades to reduce noise emission ensure safety. Rotorcraft noise is inevitable and almost taken for granted. To the general public, a helicopter’s positive image is one of a provider of emergency medical services, law enforcement and fire fighting. However its disruptive noise can lead to responses of annoyance, fear...
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