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I'll begin this topic by stating that I have ZERO hours of first hand long line experience, only some seat meat time in a 214 watching people who know what they're doing do it. I'll apologize in advance for asking what might be stupid questions.

 

 

 

 

The TSB has released their report on the tail rotor drive failure of a 214 involved in heli-logging operations in 2007

 

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2007/a07p0209/a07p0209.asp

 

 

I've read a few TSB reports that always come back to hit on how the pilot should have been wearing his should straps in order to increase his chances of survival. But the report then goes on to acknowledge that this is not possible since you have to lean over to see the hook/load.

 

The TSB states that they've raised the issue with TC, who replied that it's the operators responsibility to comply with the CARs regarding restraints, but that "Transport Canada has a well-established process in place for assessing and approving supplemental aircraft equipment."

I'm curious how easy this process is. How many companies have modified seats/restraints in their aircraft to allow a pilot to wear shoulder straps and still lean out the door or bubble all day long? Do these systems actually work from a pilots point of view? Is it a big production to get an STC for a modified pilots seat?

And for the pilots of aircraft specifically designed for vertical reference, like a K-max or the crane, are your seats designed any differently, since the aircraft is purpose built?

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