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Nov
01
2012

A Sure Fire Fix for the Most Dangerous Job in America

Posted by jhadmin

Want to hear something shocking? According to the American Journal of Clinical Medicine (Winter 2009 issue) after assessing past statistics then projecting them forward, they predicted that if you fly in a HEMS helicopter and do that job for twenty years, you face a 40 percent chance of losing your life. [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
11
2012

An Outside Safety Audit? Why, what’s in it for us?

Posted by jhadmin

Many helicopter operators ask themselves these questions, and many others, when the conversation with a peer or competitor turns to the subject of an outside audit. Questions are a natural reaction, and each organization needs answers before they embark on an outside safety audit. [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety



Sep
13
2012

Master Thy Environment

Posted by jhadmin

The helicopter pilot works in an amazing, ever-changing environment. The skills necessary to accomplish the task at hand for most commercial or even private helicopter flight operations require a high level of concentration, ability and finesse just to name a few. (social skills excluded) [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



May
25
2012

It Takes a Village to Stop the Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) provide life-saving transports for the critically ill or injured. However, the rising number of U.S. HEMS accidents over the past decade is cause for serious questions as to their operational safety. For this reason a national effort is underway to reduce HEMS accidents. [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
15
2011

Are We Aiming at the Correct Target?

Posted by jhadmin

By Matt Zuccaro -I am sure most of you are familiar with the various accident reduction efforts within the industry—be they Helicopter Association International, FAA, the International Helicopter Safety Team, Tour Operators Program of Safety, Airborne Law Enforcement Association or the European Helicopter Safety Team. The basic premise of these efforts is to reduce the number of accidents that occur within the helicopter community—either the aggregate number or those that involve fatalities. [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety categoryOpinion-Editorial



Feb
09
2011

Do We Really Need New Rules

Posted by jhadmin

Actually “we” probably do…or at least one or two of us need a little firmer guidance from the FAA and/or our operator. When I started flying patients in dire need about forty-one years ago we had very few restrictions. Of course, it was a combat zone and we were very young and bold. Many years later after losing far too many friends who bravely pushed into the jaws of death, even in peacetime, it is clear to me that one doesn’t become “old and bold” unless we restrict ourselves and exercise restraint and good judgment on every single flight, no matter how critical. It has also become clear to me that a few of our peers need adult supervision from time to time. [Read More...]

Tags: ems safety
Categories: categorySafety



Jan
26
2011

National EMS Pilots Association AO21 Survey Results

Posted by jhadmin

This is a preliminary report of a survey completed by 568 active helicopter EMS pilots in September and October of 2010. The solicitation to pilots to participate in this survey included the following introductory statement: [Read More...]

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Categories: categorySafety categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
06
2010

HEMS Scenario Based Training, The Need for Reality

Posted by jhadmin

It wasn’t too many years ago that most helicopter operators in the US conducting EMS operations would hire a pilot, then in company training validate that pilot to commercial standards per the Federal Aviation Regulations, and quickly send him to a field base to conduct EMS operations for a customer without so much as telling him what the EMS mission he was about to perform was all about. It wasn’t a FAA requirement to train to the mission, but it was a requirement to train the pilot to operate the aircraft safely while conducting the mission, whatever that mission might be. That is where a major problem lied and many operators didn’t realize it was an issue that needed to be dealt with. [Read More...]

Tags: HEMS safety training
Categories: categoryTraining categorySafety categoryHelicopter Sectors



May
10
2010

Here's Your Sign!

Posted by jhadmin

By Rex Alexander - Warning and caution signs that every heliport should have to enhance safety and reduce liability. Ever since the first helicopter landed and took off from a heliport, we as an industry have worked hard to make the heliport environment as safe as possible. Whether it is obstruction lighting to illuminate surrounding hazards, a safety net surrounding an elevated heliport, or a windsock to indicate the wind direction, many organizations have done everything feasible to insure safety at their heliports. [Read More...]

Tags: Helicopter heliport safety signs warning
Categories: categorySafety



May
04
2010

Safety — Where Do the Owner/Operators and Their Management Team Fit In?

Posted by jhadmin

By Matt Zuccaro - As you are aware, safety is my favorite topic, as I believe it ultimately affects everything we do in our industry — both in the present and for the future. With this in mind, you would think all owner/operators would have a laser focus on this issue, making it their number one decision criteria. In a perfect world that would be true, but last time I checked not everything we want occurs in the bright reality of day-to-day operations. However, it does not have to be that way. [Read More...]

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