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TAWS vs. HeliTAWS

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2014 Posted in Blog, Q&A

Q&A with Graeme Rowe, Avionics Manager for Eagle Copters

TAWS vs. HeliTAWS

TAWS vs. HeliTAWS

The following is a progressive description of the different types of Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS) compared to Helicopter TAWS (HeliTAWS) explain to customers by Graeme Rowe, Avionics Manager for Eagle Copters.

Helicopter Accident Statistics

Posted Friday, December 13, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News, Events

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) named 2012 the safest year

Excerpt from: Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence Executive Briefing, Courtney E. Howard.

“The International Air Transport Association (IATA) named 2012 the safest year
in recent aviation history for fixed-wing commercial aviation; however, helicopter safety is still a paramount concern,” admits Trish Ververs, engineer fellow with Honeywell’s Advanced Technology Group in Baltimore, Md. Her concerns are well founded.

Curtailing Causes of CFIT

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News

CFIT is associated with a great many helicopter accidents and a focus of many safety discussions

Curtailing Causes of CFIT

Excerp from Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence :: EXECUTIVE BRIEFING : sponsored by Sandel

Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) are associated with a great many helicopter accidents and, therefore, the focus of many safety discussions. Both CFIT and inadvertent IMC involve diminishing visibility and, in turn, a loss of situational awareness—or knowledge of one’s surroundings.

Tapping Technology to Increase a Pilot's Awareness

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News, Events

CFIT remains the leading cause of aviation accidents worldwide...

Excerpt from: Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence Executive Briefing, Courtney E. Howard.

CFIT remains the leading cause of aviation accidents worldwide, according to a representative at FlightSafety International in Flushing, N.Y. Yet, new developments in aircraft technology can increase a pilot’s awareness of terrain.

Operator Experience is a factor in helicopter accidents

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News

“A pilot can easily be task saturated and over stimulated by too many items in the cockpit,”

Excerpt from: Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence Executive Briefing, Courtney E. Howard.

“A pilot can easily be task saturated and over stimulated by too many items in the cockpit,” recognizes Brett Harlow, military/government aviation business development manager at Garmin International in Olathe, Kan. “We have shown improvement in pilot interface by making it a lot easier to learn. And by condensing it into one to two simple screens, like Garmin has done, you also minimize the heads down time and keep them looking outside longer.”