Procedures
In the helicopter industry, no one has more to lose with the omission of safe practices than the pilot in command or the engineer who released the machine to service. It’s their contributions that come under severe scrutiny in the event of an accident or incident.
Watching the recent goings-on in our nation’s capital with the debacle over the F-35, the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) replacement and yet another announcement of more delays in the delivery of the CH-148 Cyclone, gave me a strong sense of deja vu, all the way back to those halcyon days when I actually had a job.
March 5, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - CAE today announced at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo conference that it has significantly enhanced pilot training for helicopter operators serving the oil and gas market, customizing aircraft training curricula for offshore operations.
Feb. 27, 2013, Chicago, Il. - New data released by the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) shows that the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. has declined since 2009. During the three-year span from 2007 to 2009, there were 466 helicopter accidents in the United States.  For the past three years from 2010 through 2012, there were 411 U.S. accidents.
March 5, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - AgustaWestland has successfully demonstrated to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) a 50-minute loss of oil or “run dry” capability for the AW189 main gearbox.
Feb. 21, 2013, Gatineau, Que. - Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its annual statistical highlights of railway, pipeline, marine and aviation accidents and incidents in Canada. These statistics show accident rates in Canada are holding steady.
Jan. 31, 2013, Mississauga, Ont. - Ornge, Ontario's provider of air ambulance and related services, is reaffirming its commitment to patients in Northern Ontario by taking steps to increase staffing levels at its Thunder Bay base.
Jan. 23, 2013, Washington, D.C. - Many helicopter accidents involve pilots who allow themselves to be influenced by one or more of five basic hazardous attitudes. These attitudes get pilots into trouble by causing them to take chances that invite accidents. As a pilot, the less often you allow yourself to act upon a hazardous attitude, the safer your flying will become.
Jan. 18, 2013, London, U.K. - A pedestrian killed when a helicopter crashed into a crane in central London died from severe burns, a post-mortem examination has found.
If ever there were a megaproject tailor-made for helicopters’ unique capabilities, the Quebec government’s Plan Nord is it.
As president/CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada, I am often asked about career development and what it’s like to be part of this important Canadian industry.
An owner of a helicopter company once questioned me as to why he should be hiring high time pilots for normal charter operations when pilots still looking to build hours were so enthusiastic and not wanting to overlook the smallest detail.
Welcome to next year already. Y2K+13. Seems like not very long ago, I was one of those people preparing for the end of civilization as we know it.
With a new operating season upon us, crews will be looking for jobs and employers will be looking for crews. It sounds pretty simple, right?
Jan. 10, 2013, Gatineau, Que. - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A11C0152) into the September 2011 accident during a training flight in a Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wisk-Air Limited, in Thunder Bay, Ont.

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