Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, La., is the latest recipient of Helicopter WAAS LPV procedures – developed by Hickok & Associates, Inc.
For the past four years, since FAA approved the company’s WAAS LPV criteria, Hickok & Associate’s has been the only developer of helicopter WAAS LPV procedures. In addition to developing every approach to date, Hickok & Associates has also developed the test procedures used by manufactures and completion centers for WAAS LPV helicopter certifications, and by FAA for its flight testing for public criteria.
Children’s Hospital instrument procedures provide its operator, Metro Aviation, with both LNAV and WAAS LPV approach minimums. With a height-above landing of 270 feet, the WAAS LPV minimums are more than 30 percent lower than the LNAV minimums, which is consistent with the 80+ Helicopter WAAS LPV procedures developed by Hickok & Associates.
Hickok & Associates also provided Children’s Hospital with FAA-approved obstacle departure procedures. In 2009, Hickok & Associates also became the only developer of helicopter GPS obstacle departure procedures when FAA approved of its company’s departure criteria.
As a 100 percent total service provider, Hickok & Associates is also maintaining Children’s Hospital procedures. Hickok’s customers do not need to sign FAA reimbursable agreements for AeroNav services. The company’s maintenance program has been approved by FAA.
About Hickok & Associates, Inc.
Stephen M. Hickok, president of Hickok & Associates, Inc., has worked as project manager, chief investigator, or advisor on every helicopter GPS/GNSS criterion and policy since the early 1990s.
Hickok was the first non-fed developer to submit completed helicopter instrument approach procedures to the FAA; the first airman designated by the FAA as a Procedure Evaluation Pilot (PEP), the first pilot authorized to conduct Flight Validations (FV), and has been developing helicopter GPS/GNSS criteria and instrument approaches longer than any other developer in the world.
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