Blackmac Posted August 1, 2003 Report Share Posted August 1, 2003 Cargo hooks have been the bane of the helicopter industry since they originated in the military. Cargo hooks are no problem when used by the military for military applications. Not so in the civilian world. Without going into the history and or types of hooks, lets look at something else. The smaller 4-5 pax helicopters when supporting the average drill camp and or survey camp is usually used to move the camp as required. Most of the time the camp manager will ask to use the cargo nets as it would take up to much flying time to try and pack everything internally. When a load of drill pipe or even the drill itself is dropped, it''s usally in the muskeg or whatever and easy to recover. The camp manager has loaded a valuable piece of survey equipment in the net, the net is dropped and destroys the equipment. The equipment can''t be repaired as it is a one off. The project is cancelled and the customer is seeking his start up costs which are substantial as he states that the carrier was responsible to move his equipment safely. Back in the days prior to de-regulation this item was covered in the tariff that was posted with the government. Since de-regulation (1987) those rates and regulations are not applicable unless they are included in a contract signed by both parties. Should a cargo slung load be dropped by the carrier, the carrier is responsible for the (liable) load unless he has received a signed waiver from the charterer. The court would recognize the helicopter operator as being the proffesional mover of equipment in that fashion and hold him liable. The major problem with all this, is the industry itself, always somebody else to blame, finger problem, equipment problem. Get with it, get hook insurance, include the cost in the rates, make it mandatory to have hook insurance if a hook is attached to the helicopter. There has to be a method of overcoming the finger problems. The insurance companies can look after the maufacturers of faulty cargo hooks. If the customer doesn''t wish to pay the additional cost for a cargo hook, remove it. As pilots it usually comes down to you being responsible for the load you are slinging. To protect yourself have hook insurance or a waiver. Remember a waiver does not cover negligence or stupidity on your part. Once a load is picked up and moves forward in flight, you are responsible. Aerial construction comes under the same conditions. For your information the cranes used on highrise construction carry a minimum of 10M insurance. And that''s all I''ve got to say about that. P.S. Do not expect the HAC operators to do anything about this as the problem is always blamed on the pilot or hook assy. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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