NEMSPA: Sim Tests to Continue Through 2016

By Staff Writer | December 4, 2015

The National EMS Pilots Assn. plans to continue its discrete simulator experiments that observe pilot reactions in reduced visibility through next year, sources told R&WI. Through its cooperation with Metro Aviation, the association has been conducting blind simulator experiments since April at Metro’s Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. Pilot behaviors are being studied against the NEMSPA Enroute Decision Point—a mental process it hopes can help pilots recognize from their own flight profiles when they are entering deteriorating weather conditions that could lead to inadvertent IMC. Due to the varying training schedule at the center and the fact that only one operator has agreed to the tests, NEMSPA expects to continue its data collection through 2016. Currently, test scenarios involve flight over level terrain in daytime lighting. The association plans future scenarios involving flights in reduced lighting conditions and over mountainous terrain.

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