Standards & Regulations
June 27, 2014, Halifax - The widow of a man who died in a helicopter crash off Newfoundland says she's frustrated and worried that a key safety change isn't being acted on by the federal government five years after the disaster.
June 2, 2014, Ottawa - The Harper government's decision to grant Bell Helicopter Canada a special weight exemption for one its aircraft strained relations between Transport Canada and aviation safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe, federal documents show.
For those of us who have worked for various helicopter companies and endured the ever-expanding re-current syllabus of examinations, one of the questions most often posed amongst the crews is, “Who came up with some of these requirements?”
It has been over a year since the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) and eight other associations made their final submissions to the Fatigue Risk Management Working Group Report.
There is an oft-used adage in the helicopter business, indeed in all of aviation, that “any accident affects all of us.”
I don’t usually write about any one topic that is biased toward one operator or one segment of the industry but I feel compelled to take some space to throw a dart at the regulators who set, monitor and shift the goalposts against which we work in the field.
The Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) is welcoming members to its first full-format fall convention this year in Vancouver – and it’s only just the beginning.
This year marks the 18th year that the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) has been around with the mandate to represent the interests of the industry and its member companies.
Sept. 12, 2013, M’Clure Strait - Three people are dead after a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crashed in Arctic waters during a routine patrol to check ice conditions.
July 19, 2013, Gatineau, Que. - A helicopter engaged in mining operations in mountainous terrain near Stewart, British Columbia, likely struck the mountain face with its main rotor blades, causing it to crash, concluded the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation report (A11P0117) released today. The three occupants of the helicopter were fatally injured.
For the past five years or so, the committees at the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) have been producing best practices for our industry.
April 9, 2013, Washington, D.C. - Evidence gathered in an investigation of a fatal medical helicopter crash has raised questions about whether the pilot was distracted by personal text messages when he failed to refuel the helicopter before taking off and misjudged how far the aircraft could fly without more fuel.
Last spring, the fatigue-risk-management working group concluded its deliberations before issuing its final report to the Canadian Aviation Regulatory Advisory Council Technical Committee in November 2012.
Many Canadian aviation firms profess to have a bona fide safety management system (SMS) in place at their organization, but I’m not convinced that’s always the case
In a quest to avoid repeating myself, I want to address pilot training. I want to explain why we need to shift focus on how we train and, what we teach, and why we need to shift paradigms.

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