Articles in Category: Industry News

A Plan for Reducing Wire Strike Accidents

Posted Friday, June 14, 2013 Posted in Industry News

Powerline sensors, HTAWS and specialized training can significantly lower helo collision rate with cables.

A Plan for Reducing Wire Strike Accidents

Most helicopter missions are flown at very low altitudes, and powerlines are often nearly invisible to pilots. Specific training in the “wires environment,”  proper crew resource management and technology can all lessen the threat of an accident.

Getting Helicopter TAWS Right

Posted Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Posted in Industry News

Avionics providers advance safety kit ahead of the regulatory hammer

Getting Helicopter TAWS Right

By John Croft
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A light single-engine turbine helicopter buzzes a lake and pulls up to strafe the nearby craggy mountain peaks on moonless January night.  Conditions that might otherwise be ingredients of an all-too-familiar chain of events leading to a crash site, on this particular night were rendered harmless by the 3-in., brightly colored back-lit display on the bottom right side of N547SA’s panel.

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CFIT Makes a Strong Comeback, Says FSF

Posted Friday, April 19, 2013 Posted in Industry News


While most aviation safety sources have identified loss of control (LOC) as the leading cause of accidents in the past few years, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) “is making a strong comeback,” according to Flight Safety Foundation fellow Jim Burin. At the FSF’s Business Aviation Safety Seminar in Montreal last week, he cited recent accidents such as the loss of the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 airliner demonstrator in May last year when the crew ignored multiple automated terrain warnings and flew the airplane into a mountain in Indonesia with the loss of all 45 people aboard. 

Terrain, Terrain, Terrain

Posted Friday, April 19, 2013 Posted in Industry News

HeliMX April 1, 2013 - Article on Sandel HeliTAWS

Terrain, Terrain, Terrain

Those words all by themselves are relatively benign — but when a pilot hears them in a headset, it is enough to cause an increase in heart rate and send their blood pressure into the stratosphere. Helicopters are usually flown low to the ground and the nature of a helicopter pilots’ work takes them into some hazardous flying environments. Since the time of the Wright Brothers and Igor Sikorsky, aircraft safety rules have been written in blood. Over the years, vast improvements in aircraft design and instrumentation have made flying and helicopter flying, in particular, safer. Sandel HeliTAWS is one of those improvements that helps pilots avoid controlled flight into terrain (CFIT.)

Gerry Block, President & CEO of Sandel Avionics, Appointed to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Board

Posted Monday, September 10, 2012 Posted in Industry News

Vista, CA (September 10, 2012)-- Gerry Block, President & CEO of Sandel Avionics Inc., the global leader in wire, terrain and obstacle alerting technology for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, has been appointed to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) board.

"We're excited to have Sandel Avionics, a California-based avionics manufacturer, join the GAMA membership with Gerry Block at their helm. Sandel's innovative work in compact integrated avionics for the general aviation airplane and rotorcraft industry shows what technology introduction can do in providing safety capability to pilots," said Pete Bunce, GAMA's President and CEO.