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Man I just hate thinking about T/R,s and pax.

I think all operations will differ slightly, but in the offshore world, your working oil, and that means safety is always first on the list.

Prior to going offshore, all pax must view the safety video, and the co-pilot asks the pax if they veiwed it, prior to the start. And yes, on occasion someone will say no, and everyone goes back in and watches it again.

Offshore, the HLO makes sure all outgoing pax watches the saftey video again, and the HLO orchestrates the off-loading and loading of all pax and baggage. He is the man on the deck charged with the responsability of pax safety.

The pilot flying would normally position the a/c nose facing the pax loading area, with the T/R furthest from any pax, possibly hanging over the edge of the deck.

The only time this would be different for us, is if we are working on a well head with no HLO, and then the non flying pilot always gets out and supervises, because sh*t happens.

I have flown with only one other company offshore, and the bulk of their work was wellheads, and single pilot, and all sorts of infractions happened all the time, but luckily nobody walked into a t/r.

 

As pilots, we have to remain diligent and never complacent when it comes to t/r,s, because the possability of having someone walk into your t/r would haunt you for the rest of your life.

 

Be safe, fly safe, and play safe, and Go OILERS GO

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<_< People in general do stupid things around aircraft.......briefed or not, experienced people are complacent (ya,i know), lessor experienced can be nervous and hastey......now i remember why i prefer hauling logs... ;)

 

 

My last pilot/crewmember uses the statement during his safety briefing that running helicopters emit a special frequency that makes people do stupid things. Airplanes do too.....having had to clean up the mess after a prop/human 'interface( read: in the face)

 

not a pleasant job.

 

no matter how well you brief, there is always some dumb-*** that wasn't paying attention, and becomes the next Darwin award-winner.

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The pilot flying would normally position the a/c nose facing the pax loading area, with the T/R furthest from any pax, possibly hanging over the edge of the deck.

 

That works just fine for a 212/412 but not so well for a 76.

 

I cringe everytime I hear the "point the nose at the pax" procedure because it is setting the pax up for a head choppin' when they start using a 76 on their next job.

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excellent point, reddog... the issue of pax and t/r's, walking uphill into the disk, downhill into the disk, lifting things over their head into the disk... man, i think the list could go on and on... seems to me that it takes great suspicion on the driver's part that someone, somewhere will ignore that sage safety briefing... all you can do is keep your eyes open and take the appropriate cautions for the machine you're at the sticks of... B)

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