Sisyphus Posted May 1, 2005 Report Share Posted May 1, 2005 The ammunition is so plentiful that it is not possible to fire it all. The targets are so numerous that it is difficult to know where first to aim. Transport Canada continues to be the vassals of the aviation establishment. Some tiny advance was made when they increased the standard weights but as far as most helicopters are concerned this does not work. Using the standard weights for light helicopters and likely even some mediums does not work because the sample size is too small. One would think that the wizards at TC would have some knowledge of elementary statistics, but apparently they do not. The only way that a pilot can know what his machine weighs to actuallyweigh the passengers and cargo that he puts in it. Until this happens, helicopters will continue to crash because they are overloaded. One can only question the commitment to safety of those who complain that accurately computing gross weight is overly time consuming. TC is in the process of implementing Safety Management Systems. This is laughable. What are all the regulations intended to be if not a Safey Management System? If rules need to be made to ensure the safety of the flying public, TC should just make them. TC also formed the Canadian Aviation Executives Safety Network. It seems as though there is some effort to improve safety through a top down approach when what is really needed is a bottom up approach. Greater results would be achieved if pilots had some recourse if and when they are intimidated because they hesitate to fly in bad weather, when they are overloaded or when they are tired. It was perhaps Blackmac who said that airplanes crash because pilots exceed either their own abilities or those of the aircraft. There is no apparent mechanism within TC for pilots to protest intimidation. Pilots have the ultimate responsibility for safety but not the authority to provide it. What is needed is an Engineers and Pilots Safety Network. Some operators themselves have shown that not only are they rabid capitalists but also clumsy capitalists by literally giving their machinery away at ridiculous rates. There are too many operators and too few hours to go around. Reregulation and tarriffs would solve this problem. Pilots themselves are often their own worst enemy. They refuse to associate due to some whimsical notion that their freedom or individuality will somehow be compromised in spite of the fact that a very large portion of the entire working population is either involved in an association or unionized. Thankfully, this appears to be about to change as some pilots of Canadian appear to be on the verge of unionizing. One can only vigourously cheer these women and men on. If this latest burst of union energy fails to succeed, after all of the previous efforts, at least one of which dates back to the late 1970’s, then union busting on the part the operators is highly likely. Young pilots have got a rotten deal. They spend a small fortune on training and when they emerge from it they have only the rudimentary skills necesarry to take off and land again. Training needs to include serious longlining and mountain flying. If one hundred and fifty hours of instruction are required to do this, so be it. The government should give a $50,000.00 grant for longline and mountain trainng to all low time pilots so that they can be more useful in the field. This would compensate for TC’s failure to implement training standards that are practical. The regulation that defines the duty to day to be 14 hours and the tour of duty to be 42 days does not ameliorate fatigue, it promotes it. Things have not changed much in aviation in Canada in 50 years while rest of the world has evolved at a frightful rate. Like the mechanism that produces earthquakes, in which the seismic strain increases until it is released with awful energy, the accumulation of worker frustration and operator and government ineptitude has created the potential for a cataclysm. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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