Earlier this fall, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) president and CEO Fred Jones at the association’s new home in the nation’s capital. Jones is one of the people I respect most in the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry, as few people are more connected, committed and passionate about the success of their respective area of expertise – and the industry they work so hard to protect.
The more we do things, the easier they become and, more importantly, the more normal they seem. Pushing the limits has been something pilots have struggled with since 1903, and none are immune.
May 8, 2015, Oshawa, Ont. - It sounds like a problem out of a sci-fi movie, but Durham Regional Police are warning the public about the dangers of hitting their aircraft with laser beams.
For a nice change of pace in this issue, Helicopters Safety and Quality columnist Walter Heneghan selected three books from his personal collection that have influenced, in one way or another, his passions towards aviation.
May 7, 2015, St. John's - A Cougar helicopter taking eight oil workers offshore from St. John's had to abort a takeoff earlier this week after an engine failure.
Earlier in my repertoire with this column, I wrote about the IMSAFE checklist for pilots to consider each day before showing up to go flying.
April 1, 2015, Montreal - CAE has announced the appointment of Torbjorn Wischer as Global Leader – Training Strategy for Civil Aviation, responsible for maintaining and developing CAE's position as the recognized global training partner of choice for customers in Civil Aviation.
March 31, 2015, Sesto Calende, Italy - AgustaWestland has announced the availability of a new AW169 Flight Training Device (FTD) at its A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The device has been certified by a joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA ) and Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), the certification specification for Helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices.
In the quest to raise global helicopter safety standards, there are individuals and organizations that go above and beyond to ensure the global accident needle is inching toward the “zero” mark.
Safety and innovation has been CHC’s mantra for years, as articulated in the company’s corporate mission statement, to “go further, do more and bring everyone home safely.” Greg Wyght has been pursuing one simple vision for a long time – let the pilots focus on their number one priority, flying the aircraft safely.
Early in my career, I was working in the Sudbury, Ont. area flying line-cutters. The customer had asked me to stay at a small motel near Capreol, a small community north of Sudbury about 15 miles from the camp.
In an offshore helicopter ditching or crash, passengers and crew face two time-critical dilemmas: getting out of the aircraft, then surviving the sea.
How do we get good at what we are trying to do in life? The short answer is something along the lines of “never stop improving.”
Most of us in aviation and indeed, those who have followed the evolution of remedial flight safety measures over the years, are quite familiar with crew resource management (CRM) training.
Feb. 19, 2015, Denver, Co. - The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded more than 300 Enstrom helicopters nationwide until they can be inspected for cracks like the one that may have caused a deadly Colorado crash.

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