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Feb
17
2020

Wendy’s Tour

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As helicopter pilots we often never know the impact we can make on a person’s life. That thought came to mind when I read my good friend’s excellent book, The Sky Behind Me written by Byron Edgington, which I can recommend without reservation. [Read More...]



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Jan
18
2020

A Case Study

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When I teach and facilitate my one-day crew resource management (CRM) course or my five-day CRM train-the-trainer course, attendees often find it difficult to bridge the gap between the human factors they learn to recognize in the course and actually putting their knowledge into practice in the real world to prevent an accident. [Read More...]



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Dec
16
2019

Words Have Consequences

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I recently read a troubling story on the Facebook page titled When Seconds Count. It was written by a concerned air medical pilot who recounted something the lead pilot had said in their weekly safety meeting. In regard to newly arrived uniform ball caps embroidered with the words “FLIGHT CREW” on the back strap, the lead pilot said, "You may be the medical crew, but according to the FAA, because you are not directly involved with the operation or safety of flight, you are not considered part of the flight crew." [Read More...]



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Nov
18
2019

You are Safety's Gatekeeper | Article Reply From a Reader

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I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your article in the May/June 2018 issue of Rotorcraft Pro entitled You are Safety’s Gatekeeper where you talk about the Liberty Helicopters’ FlyNYON aircraft that crashed in New York’s East River causing five people to lose their lives. This article struck home with me because I could personally relate as I am sure it did with many of my colleagues. [Read More...]



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Oct
24
2019

Where’s Management?

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“Where’s management?” is a question I’m often asked whenever I have been invited (ironically, by an organization’s management) to give a CRM or air medical resource management (AMRM) course. It’s a valid question because I’m not sure management appreciates the vital role they play in the flight safety of their organization. [Read More...]



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Sep
16
2019

RESPONSE TO “JUST SAY NO” FROM A HEMS PILOT

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I received the following email from a HEMS pilot who responded to my article entitled “Just Say NO” that appeared in the March/April 2019 edition of Rotorcraft Pro. His observation is worth noting. Here is what he wrote: [Read More...]



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Aug
19
2019

Velvet Elvis

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“Don’t make yourself famous,” is advice a pilot at Abu Dhabi Aviation gave me on one of my first flights with the company. His meaning: Do not do something stupid to put yourself in the spotlight of management or the other pilots. [Read More...]



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Jul
15
2019

Proof, CRM does work to prevent an accident!

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On January 29th of this year, (2019) a Survival Flight Inc. helicopter was on a flight to pick up a patient from a hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio, when it crashed in snowy conditions killing all three occupants. The crew members were pilot Jennifer Topper, 34; nurse Bradley Haynes, 48; and nurse Rachel Cunningham, 33, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Any loss of life is tragic, and this is heartbreaking,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers said. This was “first responders flying in adverse conditions to help somebody else.” [Read More...]



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Jun
21
2019

Know Your Aircraft

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I gave a CRM class at a helicopter air medical flight program recently and something occurred that reminded me why it’s imperative that pilots know their aircraft. The incident happened when I was given a tour of the hospital’s aircraft by the program director and one of the pilots on duty who was a former Black Hawk pilot in the Army. The aircraft looked brand new and I could see it had everything a pilot could ask for to help them while flying in VMC or IMC conditions. [Read More...]



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May
12
2019

Maria Langer's Analysis of an Accident

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File this story under “Listen and learn from my experience”, posted on Maria Langer’s blog March 3, [Read More...]



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