John Moore Posted January 18, 2006 Report Share Posted January 18, 2006 Please refer to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's Aviation Safety Recommendation regarding Georgian Express Flight 126. This is what happens when standard weights are used. Ten people are dead. I have seen numerous overloaded helicopters struggle to become airborne. Some pilots justified this by using the argument of standard weights. I must say that I feel TC itself bears some responsibility for these deaths. It is highly likely that the standard weight procedure was adopted because aviation managements whined that it was too onerous to calculate gross weight exactly. Why TC could not understand the elementary statistical fact that the passenger load for small aircraft does not meet the criteria for minimum sample size for averages to be valid is a mystery. There are two other facets of helicopter operation that deserve serious consideration. One is the VFR minimums of one-half mile and clear of cloud. This is too low. The minimums should be at least a kilometer and a half with a ceiling of one hundred meters. Here is a tip for experts in human psychology at TC. If you think that 1/2 mile is the minimum safe visibility for helicopter flight, the limit should be set at one mile because, human nature being what it is, you can bet that many will bust the limit regularly. The other is flight time limitations. Fourteen hours a day for forty- two days is not right. Recently, the fatality of a garbage truck driver was attributed in part to fatigue. Fatigue in a garbage truck driver for crying out loud. Apparently, he had worked several overtime shifts. It may not happen very often, but people will be seriously injured or die because of these rules. But perhaps a death here and there is acceptable .... NOT. This is not war you know. Here is a chance for the boys who have bought into this proactive safety thing to avert disasters before they happen. Perhaps Contrail has a little more on the ball than some of you are willing to admit. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.