Fred Lewis Posted August 15, 2012 Report Share Posted August 15, 2012 In July of 2009 a helicopter flight into adverse weather resulted in two fatalities. This is the TSB report. As a result of this tragedy, Canadian Helicopters issued a memo in which these conditions were to be respected: No flights shall depart a company base or an airport when reported weather conditions are below ceiling 600 feet and 3 miles visibility (weather equivalents are ceiling 700 feet and 2 miles visibility or ceiling 800 feet and 1 mile visibility). No new operations are to be started when the visibility is below 1 mile. Operations Specifications which allow for flight in less than 1 mile visibility shall only be used to recover personnel to base, camp or for emergency flights approved by management. If standards like these are good enough for one of the most successful helicopter companies on the whole planet, then they should be good enough for everyone else. Helicopter flying would be much safer for it. The objection will be that unless the regulations are revised to remove the exemption that allows helicopter flying in one-half mile visibility, an operator who attempts to operate only in visibilities of greater than one mile, will suffer financially. This seems to be a clear case of financial gain trumping safe practices. An article appeared in a recent issue of Helicopters magazine. The author, who is both an experienced pilot and an experienced executive, expresses some dismay at the state of safety that exists in this country’s helicopter culture. This article quotes the appalling words of a pilot regarding a fatal accident in Alberta. It is worth reading. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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