Aviation forecasts are a central tool to help pilots to identify anticipated weather threats and put in place a strategy to mitigate those threats during the pre-flight planning stage. However, a forecast only describes what is most likely to happen, and pilots must use their knowledge and experience to consider other possible outcomes associated with particular weather patterns.
It is not unusual for in-flight weather to differ from the forecasted weather. When this occurs, pilots need to recognize the unanticipated threat of deteriorating weather and put into place a timely strategy to mitigate the risks and avoid undesired and unsafe consequences.
The purpose of these eight “rules” is to reinforce to pilots the essential need for a detailed understanding of aviation weather. This includes the appropriate threat assessments and strategies to adopt in relation to preflight, in-flight and post flight operations so that a helicopter flight can be conducted safely under Visual Meteorology Conditions. Don’t take chances. Be prepared for what Mother Nature may throw at you. Here are the 8 Golden Rules:
- Always obtain an aviation forecast.
- Expect conditions to be worse than forecast.
- Check actual conditions against the forecast.
- Identify alternative routes and suitable diversion airfields.
- Always carry enough fuel for unexpected situations.
- Scan the sky and horizon for possible problems and note local surface winds.
- Check weather reports while flying.
- Be prepared to divert, turn around or land. (i.e., Make sure there is an alternative course of action available should the weather conditions preclude the completion of the flight as planned. In other words, don’t be afraid to land and live.)
- Kaman Recognized by Sikorsky as Elite Supplier
- Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility
- EHang to Expand Production Facility
- Rotor Accessories produces tear-resistant R44 sun shades
- HeliSpeed signs SAR support agreement with British International
- Airinmar selected by Air Methods for warranty and value engineering services
- Former HAI chairman Wisecup passes away
- AAMS issue statement on HHS report on surprise medical billing
- Wilson Construction upgrades MD500E to MD530F standard
- Transport Canada Approve HTC metal blades for Bell 204, 205 and UH-1
- Nigerian union pickets Bristow Helicopters
- Russian Helicopters delivers first Mi-8AMT to Vityaz-Aero
- EHang 216 Obtained Special Flight Operations Certificate from TCCA
- 04-Aug-20 RA-06353 Robinson R66 Mount Belukha, Russia
- 04-Aug-20 D-HIPO Bell 47G4A Lübstorf, Germany
- Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK
- Triumph to provide helicopter MRO services to Global Aerospace Logistics
- MedEvac Foundation Invites Participants to Virtual Event
- SPAES H145 night vision approvals updated for new tactical radios
- Police Aviation News – August 2020 Edition