The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster.
Operators should not shy away from providing training or consider it as a non-revenue burden on the organization. Let us all make effort to follow the SOPs (standard operating procedures) and inculcate the habit of improving one’s capabilities.
Capt. Piyush Kumar Rishi
New Delhi, India
I find it quite appalling that Mr. Tom Anderson’s “Feedback,” which places blame where it does not belong, appeared in the magazine (see V-22 Osprey Crash, Feedback June 2010). The accident investigation board results have not been released and to suppose automatically that this was caused by the same problem as a crash from a decade ago, and to say “this would not have happened to an Army guy,” is preposterous. For the record, a significant number of the Special Operations CV-22 pilots are former Army guys and they do know quite a lot about both worlds.
A group of International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) representatives gave a June 9 update to attendees of the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit about the organization’s goal of reducing helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. Among the 300-person group of IHST volunteers are (left to right) FAA’s Lawrence Buehler, acting manager of the Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch; Terry Palmer, manager of rotorcraft programs at FlightSafety International; BJ Raysor, director of aviation ops for Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Fred Brisbois, director of aviation and product safety for Sikorsky; and FAA’s Sue Gardner, program director for IHST. For more information or to become a member of IHST, visit www.ihst.org. For videos from the Summit, visit Rotor & Wing's Safety and Training Channel. Photo by Andrew D. Parker, managing editor
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