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.
Many factors likely contribute to a higher incidence of accidents and fatalities compared to fixed-wing aircraft. Helicopter missions often operate close to enhancing pilot situational awareness for increased safety challenging terrain and involve off-airport takeoffs and landings, notes a spokesperson at Sandel Avionics in Vista, Calif. “Helicopters routinely operate below 500 feet above ground level (AGL); obstacles and especially power lines are a threat to helicopter operations throughout the mission, not just at takeoff and landing.”
Learn more and download this free, informative guide to learn how helicopter operators, airframe manufacturers (such as AgustaWestland, Korea Aerospace, and Sikorsky), professional helicopter organizations (such as IHST), and technology innovators (including Sandel Avionics, Garmin, Honeywell, and Rockwell Collins) are working together and putting modern avionics into action to reduce helicopter accidents and fatalities.