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  1. Hi Everyone, Some of you may have known my Fiance, Andrew Ridge - known on here as ADRidge... and if you are unaware, he was killed a few weeks ago in a wire strike accident up in Washington state while riding along with another pilot to review what he'd be doing there. It's a devastating loss as he was so young, so talented and had such a bright future. I am not a pilot, and that is why I am here - I need the advice and information of some of you. I'm aware that wire strikes are some of the most common and fatal accidents that occur in the helicopter world - and I want to know more about what improvements can be made to save people's lives and make flying around power lines safer. I've read and seen some videos of the WSPS, Radar and Laser based systems, The Powerline Detector System, and power line markers etc - I could not find any up-to-date information however and the FAA safety documents I did find were from around 2005. At that time - it said many of these safety measures could not be implemented on smaller civilian helicopters due to weight, cost, and the power they pull. Does anyone know what systems are currently available for small civ helicopters or where I could get that info? What I also really want to know is whether there are any laws or regulations currently in place that require any of the above safety measures for cherry drying and other ag/utility work that specifically requires pilots to fly near power lines as part of their job? I don't know nearly as much about the aviation world as all of you - but I do know this seems like an area that has some room for improvement... and as someone who has just lost an entire future with her pilot, I am willing to do whatever I can to help make sure it happens to as few other pilots and their loved ones as possible. I appreciate any information, advice, or resources you can provide me with. *Sarah (ADRidge's Girl)
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