The University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security program within the Viterbi School of Engineering is offering a human factors in aviation maintenance class designed to provide knowledge and understanding of human factors in the realm of aviation safety focusing on the role of the aviation maintainer. The class will run from April 26 to April 29.
The European Helicopter Safety Team (Ehest) has published a “training leaflet” for single-pilot operations, in a bid to curb accidents stemming from poor decision-making. The document highlights common errors and suggests strategies to prevent a pilot from being caught in a fatal spiral of events after having chosen the wrong option.
Under a new agreement, ITT Exelis will provide its real-time integrated NextGen flight-tracking data to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for academic research and analysis at its Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. ERAU said it could analyze the surveillance data to enhance electronic flight management systems, giving pilots better situational awareness and conflict detection/resolution.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 9740) is showing how its TacView portable mission display brings numerous capabilities to the helicopter cockpit here at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. It is designed for a range of missions, from search and rescue, close air support, firefighting and police operations to medical and offshore oil and gas transport.
Max-Viz and Vancouver-based Helijet cooperatively installed the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced vision system on three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters supporting EMS operations under contract with the British Columbia government. The recently added EVS avionics will allow pilots to avoid inadvertent IMC, day or night, in addition to improving crew situational awareness by depicting terrain features and man-made structures at night. These features will enable crews to choose safer routes, Helijet said.
Operators in the U.S. are required to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” capability by 2020.
One of the biggest dangers facing helicopter crews around the world, and in current operational theaters in particular, is “brownout.” Rotor downwash can create clouds of sand and dust that obscure the pilot’s view at critical times, especially when landing. Snow and fog also bring their own low-visibility dangers.
Registration for the 13th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown opened last month. The event–to be held September 28 to October 1 in Wichita–is free but is limited in space, with slots available first-come, first-served. This year’s session will cover topics such as professional airmanship, fatigue countermeasures and situational awareness, among many others.
Honeywell is at HeliExpo’09 with its Eurocopter AStar, which it uses to develop, test and demonstrate the company’s wide range of avionics for helicopters. During the convention, Steven Kilbourne, Honeywell chief pilot rotary-wing, is flying demos out of Fullerton Airport for interested customers and media representatives.
Honeywell last month signed a deal to license VistaNav 3-D synthetic vision from Mercury Computer Systems and will thus assume sales and support of the VistaNav Cockpit Information System situational awareness products.