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No, this is not about vasectomies or cleanliness in the cabin. Several recent fixed and rotary wing accidents indicate that pilots conversing with passengers or other crew members on insignificant topics during critical operations including takeoffs and landings have led to accidents.
Ideally, night vision and electro optical (infrared cameras; night vision/electro optics or NV/EO) equipment enhance the safe operation of airplanes and helicopters in low-light conditions.
At the upcoming CHC Safety & Quality Summit being held in Vancouver from March 22 to 24, a key focus area will be identifying strategies for operators to improve safety management and performance. Jerry Allen from Baines Simmons-Americas will be presenting on this topic. The following excerpt of his presentation highlights a three-step process, developed by Baines Simmons-Americas, that enables organizations to find the optimal relationship between their culture and their systems to promote better safety management.
June 18, 2009, Gatineau, Que. - The TSB is well into a comprehensive investigation of the accident of a Sikorsky S-92A helicopter, Cougar Helicopters Flight 491.
For years my condemnation of Transport Canada’s senior leaders for their ineffective helicopter safety program has proven clairvoyant. Accident rates are abysmally high! Now, some helicopter folks are doing something that I believe will shrink the industry’s ugly statistics.
The mandate of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is to advance transportation safety in Canada. The TSB is an independent agency and reports to Parliament through the Queen’s Privy Council.
April 9, 2009, Ottawa - After recently adopting new bylaws, HEPAC is now one step closer to electing a new board of directors.
Feb. 3, 2009, Ottawa - The 48th annual convention of the CBAA will be held in Montreal, the 3rd largest economic center for aviation in the world, May 27-29.
It’s fair to say that the industry is abuzz over the appointment of Fred Jones as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Helicopter Association of Canada.
Transport Canada long ago forgot one of its prime roles – to promote aviation. Moreover, it has turned safety into nothing more than a buzzword in a country where cost cutting is now the prime goal.
Dick, born March 16, 1928, grew up in Hague, Saskatchewan and worked on the family farm until it was lost during the great depression. At that time Dick learned fundamental skills that have carried him throughout his life, these included: How to adapt to difficult situations, the importance of grass roots communications, the importance of hard work and integrity, and how to repair equipment.
Sept. 16, 2008, Ottawa - To say that the first week as your new President and CEO has been a busy one would be an understatement.
Aug. 11, 2008 - The Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association of Canada is very pleased to welcome Fred L. Jones BA LLB to our Association as President & CEO.
Aug. 11, 2008 - The Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association of Canada is very pleased to welcome Fred L. Jones, BA LLB to our Association as president & CEO.
Aug. 11, 2008 - The Board of Directors of the Helicopter Association of Canada is very pleased to welcome Fred L. Jones, BA LLB to our Association as president & CEO.

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