I attended a wake in early June as one of my flight instructors from Canadore College, Wayne Bolen, had passed away. He had been ill for some time, but these things are never expected.
You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. You can lead a pilot to safety information but, apparently, you cannot make him or her . . .
Many years ago, one of our pilots experienced an engine failure en-route to a job. He handled it well and was soon on the phone to the owner.
July 16, 2014, New York, N.Y. - FlightSafety International and Sikorsky plan to offer training for the Sikorsky S-76D, Sikorsky S-92A, and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ helicopters in Asia.
May 29, 2014, Alexandria, Va. - Without shifting its focus away from the elimination of all civil helicopter accidents, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is asking its worldwide partners to establish an additional focus regarding the steps that can be taken to prevent fatalities in helicopter accidents. As a result, future IHST analysis will include the types of accidents that most frequently result in fatalities and the most cost-effective measures to improve helicopter crash survivability.
May 20, 2014, Grand Prairie, Tx. - Airbus Helicopters Inc. is hosting a U.S. Customer Safety Symposium dedicated to highlighting top safety issues in the industry and allowing customers to share their ideas and solutions.
A few years ago, I was flying on Hudson Bay with a load of biologists conducting a biodiversity survey of the plant life on the coast.
Spring is a special time of year in our industry: contracts are being renewed, pilots and AMEs are hired, and training is completed.
April 1, 2014 – Kuala Lumpur – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments and industry to focus on partnerships, data analysis and runway safety in the ongoing quest to make flying even safer. IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, made the call in a keynote address at the opening of the IATA OPS Conference, in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s a milestone year in 2014 for Canadian-based operator CHC as it’s celebrating the 10th anniversary of its CHC Safety & Quality Summit.
Feb. 6, 2014, Alexandria, Va. - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has released the full program for its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals. The event takes place on Feb. 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center immediately following the close of Heli-Expo 2014.
Feb. 3, 2014, Alexandria, Va. - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has gathered civil helicopter accident information from worldwide sources and is seeing a hopeful trend of improved safety.
Strapped into an upside down ditched Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, I struggle to draw a breath of good air.
The first piece I wrote for Helicopters magazine was entitled “Post Disaster Preparation: Are You Ready?”
Recently, I received a call from an old friend and flying cohort from my early Yukon flying days.
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