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Poll: Your personal involvement in helicopter and auto accidents (243 member(s) have cast votes)

Have you known a pilot personally who has crashed in a helicopter? (it can be yourself)

  1. Yes (170 votes [69.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 69.67%

  2. No (74 votes [30.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.33%

How many pilots have you personally known who were fatally injured in a helicopter accident?

  1. 1 (43 votes [17.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.62%

  2. 2 (14 votes [5.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.74%

  3. 3 or more (32 votes [13.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.11%

  4. None (155 votes [63.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 63.52%

Have you known a person close to you who was involved in an automobile accident? (it can be yourself)

  1. Yes (238 votes [97.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 97.54%

  2. No (6 votes [2.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.46%

How many people have you personally known who were fatally injured in an auto accident?

  1. 1 (59 votes [24.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.18%

  2. 2 (34 votes [13.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.93%

  3. 3 or more (71 votes [29.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.10%

  4. None (80 votes [32.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.79%

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#21 bspindeli

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 11:21

I've always heard it's safer to fly than drive but what happens when we have flying cars??

#22 dave7373

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 17:08

I cant believe there are people who do not know somone who has been in a car accident.
I know like 300 of them. I suppose you if wew to define it is a severe accident it would eliminate like 80% of those, but still.

#23 Wally

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 14:28

This poll must have been designed for younger and/or new pilots. I couldn't count how many people I know who died in helicopters in 44 years...
The rate declined sharply as I built time beyond a couple thousand hours, but I also know more pilots. Training is better, but an educated idiot is still an idiot, and "stupid" still kills pilots.

I knew more than 3 people who were killed in auto accidents while I was in high school.

Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...


#24 500F

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 18:23

Food for thought,
There are 208,000,000 lisenced drives in the US and 42,000 traffic deaths a year. If you assume a drivers driving lifespan (years behind the wheel) is 60 years and multiply 42,000 by 60 you get 2,520,000. divide 208,000,000 by 2,520,000 and get 82. The only real problem is there is not one fatality per fatal crash. Im sure the average is about 2 or 2.5. Which confirms the numbers I head years ago about 1 in 200 drivers will die in a car crash in their lifetime.

Helicopters rates are far higher I'm afraid. Ruling out recips which are higher, fatal accident rate for single engine turbines has been in decline and is about .5 per 100,000 hours ans still dropping. It is down from 1.2 10 years ago. For twins its about .3 also down from 1.2 ten years ago.

Then we need to assign a number of hours a career pilot flys in a year, I'll say 10k but i think its a bit higher, maybe even 20k depending on industry. If a pilot flies 10k in a carreer and there is a fatal crash every 200,000 hours thats 1 in 20 chance he will be involved in a fatal crash, not neccessarily that the pilot will be the one killed. But helicopters... not as safe as driving.

#25 Pohi

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 12:53

I think your numbers are quite a bit off, 20K hours per year per pilot isn't possible. There are only about 8760 hours in a whole year.

#26 aeroscout

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 15:41

Highway deaths average 30,000 per year. Last year less than 300 died in aviation accidents in the US. That would be 100 times more dangerous to drive a car.

It all depends how you set up the statistics to deliver a set of results that best answers the question of relative safety.



#27 500F

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 16:01

Pohi, I meant flight hours in a career.

I have quite a few friends that flew from Vietnam until recently, 

They retired with the following total flight hours, rounded,

17.5k, 18k, 21k, 22k, 23k

I think 20k hours Is a pretty good ballpark number for pilots that sit in the seat for 40 or so years.

Though, it varies a lot based on industry, I know one guy that has 40k. I'm sure in EMS there are guys that retire after 40 years with only about 10k.



#28 Wally

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:56

My experience is that HEMS pilots average 150 hours a year.  HEMS is a job you bring skills to.


Just a pilot (retired, so I have a LOT of time)...





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