05 Sep Ten Essential checks before you step into a Helicopter
I have never been in a Helicopter. I have no desire to be in one only because it looks as if it is a small craft that would come down quickly if the wind blows too hard, but this is far from the truth. These types of aircraft are very sturdy and robust. They have been around for many years, and it is quite safe to fly in. If I ever go into one though, I will keep in mind to do some of the checks necessary before stepping into one. Helicopter makers continually create safer gear to ensure that future accidents do not occur.
Make sure that your helicopter has a terrain awareness and warning system. This system is a regulation for medical air ambulances but not for all the other flights.
Night vision gear
Most helicopter accidents take place at night. Night vision goggles are essential gear for any pilot so make sure that your pilot has one before flying in darkness.
Wire strike protection systems are vital
It is impossible for a pilot to see any wires like power lines from the air. Many accidents happened previously in this way. Having this equipment may help cut the cord so that the helicopter may safely pass through.
It is critical that your pilot has a minimum of 5,000 hours of helicopter flight time. If you make sure of his flight time it will give you a good indication of how reliable your pilot is.
Specific training for the type of craft
Every helicopter is different. The models are not the same, and you need to make sure that the pilot has been trained to accurately fly the type of craft that you will be using before getting onto the aircraft.
If your pilot was involved with many accidents in the past year, get out and run. You do not want to be involved in another crash.
Preserving the condition of the craft
Assess if the company strictly adheres to helicopter manufacturer maintenance regulations. The helicopter needs to pass inspections and parts replacement. It should utilise an approved Aircraft inspection Program as prescribed by the Aviation Company.
Independent risk evaluation
Someone outside of the company should be able to permit to fly after assessment of the weather and other environmental conditions.
Willingness to inform you about the size of their insurance is a good indicator that they have excellent business practices and a huge safety commitment.
Cleanliness Lastly to consider is the aircraft clean and shiny. The last thing that you want to do is get into an aeroplane filled with germs and filth. The proposals above is a great checklist that will boost the margin of safety for you if you ever decide to board a helicopter.