Skids Up Posted October 9, 2005 Report Share Posted October 9, 2005 Here’s a question for you… A few years ago when I was in the states on fires, someone had to go and inspect a helipad after it had been constructed, to approve it for use. There was only one where I was involved in the approval, and it consisted in flying the individual into the pad, (himself – in an L3!), landed, and looked around, and then he asked what I thought. I said, “It looks good!” :up: and we went back and he advised the operations that the pad was good to use. Only then could anyone else go and land on it. If an incident, accident then happened at that pad that was directly related to the pad area, I assume that forestry would be responsible for some or most of the blame. Thinking here of bad pad construction, not bad piloting… Anyone know any different? On most (all) fires that I have been on in this great country of ours from BC to Ontario, forestry crews cut the pads and then we just use them… as we see fit. I have never seen anyone “approve” or otherwise check for approaches, departures, ground clearance, stability or whatnot. Someone goes in and lands and the rest of us just follow blindly because “if he can do it, so can I”. But should the people who construct it, be responsible for it? Should forestry, because they had their crews construct it? Should we as pilots, just accept it, because either the worst or best pilot on the job landed there first? If I refuse and you accept, who is right? :shock: Is it because you are better than me, or that you don’t know better? Or if I don’t, (won’t) am I afraid that I might be looking for another fire in the near future? What are your thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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