In this HAI Spotlight on Safety video, Ric Peri, VP of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, cautions us not to fear SMS. Instead, we should recognize it as one of our most valuable tools. Ric also introduces AEA’s Maintenance SMS Program, which is now available to HAI members. To learn more, go to rotor.org/resources/mx-sms.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: What’s in Your Head?
In this HAI Spotlight on Safety, Vice Chair of the HAI Board of Directors Jeff Smith, HAI Director of Safety Chris Hill, HAI Policy Analyst Emma Taylor, and mechanic and HAI Ambassador Faith Ortega offer their thoughts after completing the “56 Seconds to Live” virtual reality challenge at #haiexpo22 in Dallas, Texas. To learn more, visit USHST.org/56secs.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Fly Higher
In this HAI Spotlight on Safety, HAI Director of Safety Chris Hill makes a case for climbing above low-altitude obstacles, thereby ensuring that you don’t fall victim to one of the top three causes of fatal accidents.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Tool Control
Zac Noble, HAI's Director of Maintenance and Technology, discusses tool control. Tool control is one of those safety topics that seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes something distracts us or we get caught up in the moment and leave a tool on an aircraft. This month’s Spotlight on Safety highlights the importance of routine tool control and hardware accountability.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Get Another Set of Eyes
In this HAI Spotlight on Safety, HAI Safety Working Group members Dave Dziura from Colorado HeliOps and Chris Young with the Tour Operators Program of Safety emphasize critical precautions to take before any return-to-service flights. Employ an extra set of eyes to review the work, and plan conservative routes and operations for that first flight after maintenance.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: When it Comes to Safety, are You Asking the Right Questions?
In this Spotlight on Safety, we recommend viewers ask and answer three simple questions to help them make the case for investment in safety resources.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Don't be a Zombie
Don’t be a zombie! In this spotlight, we acknowledge that hard work, long hours, and elevated risks are routine in our industry. But failure to actively manage employee fatigue levels will compromise safe flight and maintenance operations, and could result in your very own zombie apocalypse! Hover to the comments and tell us how your employer manages fatigue levels!
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Listen to Your Aircraft
This month’s HAI Spotlight on Safety video, shot during #OSH21 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, features a beautiful Airbus #H125, HAI Director of Safety Chris Hill, and Airbus Director of Education and Community Outreach Bruce Webb. In the video, Bruce and Chris encourage all pilots and mechanics to slow down while performing ground-based inspections, #preflights and walk-arounds, checklists, and hover checks to ensure aircrews and passengers enjoy a safe and successful flight.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Leave Yourself an Escape Route
In this month’s HAI Spotlight on Safety video, Colorado HeliOps Chief Pilot and Chair of the HAI Safety Working Group Dave Dziura reminds viewers to avoid accidents and close calls by maintaining a healthy degree of pessimism in their aeronautical decision-making.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Confronting Mission Mentality and Saving Lives
In this Spotlight, we learn that focus on our mission can have benefits but can lead us to unknowingly press ourselves, our crew, and our aircraft beyond reasonable limits.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Confined Area Operations
In our May 2021 spotlight, we feature Matthew Goertz, director of operations at Trans Aero, who warns of the small margin for error that pilots encounter during confined-area operations. Matt states that careful calculation of performance limitations while paying attention to wind and density altitude are crucial.
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Don't Get Burned!
In this spotlight, Dave Blair, chief pilot for safety at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, leads by example as he shares some lifesaving advice: wear properly fitted flame-resistant flight suit, gloves, and boots when you fly. Dave flies in some of the most advanced aircraft in the world, each specially designed to withstand crash forces and mitigate post-crash fires. But he still wears his flight gear on every flight. Be a professional when you fly: dress for success AND survivability. It could give you the time you need to escape a burning aircraft and save your life!
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Keep Cool Under Pressure
In this spotlight, HAI Director of Safety Chris Hill offers some tips for staying calm and keeping our priorities straight when under pressure. During flight, we can all fall prey to the occasional #helmetfire or get distracted over little things, and forget to simply aviate, navigate, and communicate. When encountering an #aircraftemergency, remain calm and, above all, maintain aircraft control before diverting your attention to any other task. Share this video with all the pilots you know and tell us about a time you had a mini or full-on helmet fire and what you did to maintain aircraft control!
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Landing in an Unfamiliar Spot? Know Before You Go!
In our first spotlight for 2021, we thank Rex Alexander, President at Five-Alpha LLC, for reminding all operators to do their homework before landing at any “heliport.” The key point for all of us to remember is that just because a landing area may have some markings that appear legitimate, does not imply it meets prescribed standards, the authority having jurisdiction said it was safe, it’s a legal location to land, or you have permission to land.
#heliport #helicoptersafety #helicopterlanding
HAI Spotlight on Safety: Is it time to retrofit with a crash resistant fuel system?
This week’s spotlight focuses on the importance of aircraft occupant protection. HAI Safety Working Group member and post-crash fire victim Dave Repsher makes a compelling case for retrofitting legacy aircraft with helicopter crash-resistant fuel systems. Be sure to stay tuned at the end of Dave’s message for Rotorcraft Pro’s excellent summary of Robertson & StandardAero’s development of the civil crash-resistant fuel tanks. Thanks to Robertson & StandardAero, Robinson Helicopter Company, and Rotorcraft Pro for their support of this message!
For more information about occupant safety, download the FAA Helicopter Occupant Safety Tool Kit here: https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/air_cert/design_approvals/rotorcraft/media/helicopter_occupant_safety_toolkit.pdf.
#occupantsafety #helicoptersafety #postcrashfires
In this spotlight, Ric Peri, VP of Government Affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, cautions us not to fear SMS. Instead, we should recognize it as one of our most valuable tools. Ric also introduces AEA’s Maintenance SMS Program, which is now available to HAI members. To learn more, go to rotor.org/mx-sms.