12-May-2015 Source: HAI
Each year in the beginning of May, aviation enthusiasts gather in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering presented by the Alaska Airman’s Association. Now in its 18th season, this is Alaska’s premier, must-see aviation event. The days are getting longer, the trees are budding, and everyone is thinking about flying again. It is a wonderful time to get together, look at the new products available, and get ready for the 2015 flying season.
This year, May 2–3, more than 275 exhibitors filled the FedEx Maintenance Hangar at the Ted Stevens International Airport, with the expectation of more than 20,000 visitors. HAI was represented by Stan Rose, HAI director of safety outreach, who took the opportunity to talk with the helicopter folks at the gathering about the ways in which HAI is working to improve safety in helicopter operations.
On May 4, Rose and Mike Yorke of the FAA Safety Team put on a Helicopter Safety Seminar at the Medallion Foundation. Taking advantage of the opportunity to address those aviation enthusiasts gathered for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, Rose and Yorke were able to bring together 50 helicopter pilots to talk about safety. Presentation included airspace issues at local airports, IIMC encounters, and other issues pertinent to the Alaska flight environment.
The Medallion Foundation was formed by the Alaska Air Carriers Association in 2001 to improve pilot safety awareness and reduce air carrier insurance rates. Programs such as the Medallion Foundation’s CFIT-Avoidance, a part of the Shield Program®, have aided in a decrease in accidents. In September 2004, Medallion took delivery of a FLYIT simulator for practicing helicopter operations and scenarios.