24-Mar-2017 Source: HeliOffshore
“In the cockpits of modern helicopters, safe flight is maintained thanks to a complex interaction of humans, technology and the environment,” says Mrs Haskins.
“We know that effective use of automation will prevent accidents, so efforts to give crews the tools, systems and processes to fly safely are a high priority in HeliOffshore’s Safety Strategy,” she says.
The videos have been made available on HeliOffshore’s website, alongside an “Automation Principles” document http://helioffshore.org/resources/ and are designed to be used as the basis for crew consideration and interactive discussion around automation issues on their helicopter types.
Captain Tim Rolfe, Director of Aviation Safety at Bristow Group, who leads the Operational Effectiveness workstream, co-ordinated the team’s development activities.
“As part of our industry’s ongoing safety collaboration, we brought together trainers and crew from a number of helicopter operators to design the videos and guidelines – the aim of which is to enhance the use of automation, worldwide,” says Captain Rolfe.
The films were recorded in Aberdeen, Scotland, with participants from Babcock Mission Critical Services, Bristow Group, and CHC Helicopter. Airbus donated time in its simulator in Dyce, Aberdeen.