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I woke up this AM still thinking about our loss of ADRidge & keeping good thoughts for the recovery of Jeffory Walker. I received this link from HAI today in their daily e-mail to me.

 

http://www.rotor.com/Publications/HAIVideosLibrary/SurvivingtheWiresEnvironment.aspx

 

So, for all of us, experienced or not, view the video and continue to work towards being both professional and safe in all our helicopter flight operations.

 

Mike

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To All,

 

I woke up this AM still thinking about our loss of ADRidge & keeping good thoughts for the recovery of Jeffory Walker. I received this link from HAI today in their daily e-mail to me.

 

http://www.rotor.com...nvironment.aspx

 

So, for all of us, experienced or not, view the video and continue to work towards being both professional and safe in all our helicopter flight operations.

 

Mike

 

For all the pilots out there keep in mind that the fatality rate doubles at night and/or poor weather. And wire strike accidents are not normally a low time pilot accident. The biggest eye opener is that about half the pilots KNEW the wires were there.

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To All,

 

I woke up this AM still thinking about our loss of ADRidge & keeping good thoughts for the recovery of Jeffory Walker. I received this link from HAI today in their daily e-mail to me.

 

http://www.rotor.com...nvironment.aspx

 

So, for all of us, experienced or not, view the video and continue to work towards being both professional and safe in all our helicopter flight operations.

 

Mike

 

watched it. liked it.

 

thank you.

 

DH

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To me he looked safe in that he had obviously identified the hazard (wires) and had numerous reference points to their location (poles and road).

 

I would have considered spraying a section parallel to the wires & rolling irrigation set up first if acceptable?

 

Overall, to me, his distance from the obstacle for the task at hand was both recognized and handled well.

 

Mike

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To me he looked safe in that he had obviously identified the hazard (wires) and had numerous reference points to their location (poles and road).

 

I would have considered spraying a section parallel to the wires & rolling irrigation set up first if acceptable?

 

Overall, to me, his distance from the obstacle for the task at hand was both recognized and handled well.

 

Mike

 

He did seem to know his reference points, and was obviously proficient at flying. My first thought was also to have flown parallel to the lines instead of perpendicular.

 

I guess it comes down to risk management and ADM. My instructors have instilled in me a habit of always thinking ahead of the "What if..." scenarios. I personally would feel a bit nervous getting that close to those wires and would likely try to spray that field in another direction if I could.

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He did seem to know his reference points, and was obviously proficient at flying. My first thought was also to have flown parallel to the lines instead of perpendicular.

 

I guess it comes down to risk management and ADM. My instructors have instilled in me a habit of always thinking ahead of the "What if..." scenarios. I personally would feel a bit nervous getting that close to those wires and would likely try to spray that field in another direction if I could.

 

It's not always possible to fly parallel to wires and often times there are wires on all for sides of a field. Crop dusters LIVE in the wire environment. It is a part of what they do every day and they know it. There is a reason it is so dangerous and a difficult part of the industry to get into. Anyone planning on getting into any kind of agricultural work with helicopters needs to be informed about techniques for avoiding wires.

 

Great post Mike. I plan on putting this link up on our website and facebook page. I always include wire avoidance in my instruction but perhaps it would be good to include a specific lesson plan into my syllabus.

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Finding wires at the edge of the field under NVGs is a religious experience. Especially when your disc is a whole 10 feet away or so, and it looks like someone put them there just to kill helicopters.

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How about landing in the wire environment? Still working on the exit strategy.

 

These guys are very lucky so far... not sure how long that landing gear can hold up though.

(image "stolen" from Chopper Amber's Face book post)

 

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Would you believe that the wire strike rate is higher for airplanes than it is for helicopters?

 

I am serious.

 

One of our Forum members, Rick1128, has been instrumental in educating a lot of us to this fact and has gotten the FAA to add "Wire Strikes" as an area of special emphasis in the June 1, 2012 Airplane PVT & Comm PTS revisions!

 

Thank you Rick1128 for your continued efforts in education & safety.

 

Mike

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Mike

 

This is a serious problem, and the inspiration for this post is tragic. I am sickened by our loss, thanks for highlighting this problem. There has not been a day since I heard of his passing that Andrew and what took him hasn't crossed my mind. I hope my post wasn't too out of context... We all try to deal with things differently.

 

DAMN, I wish ADRidge could add his comments once again!

 

Really missing you buddy!

 

Keep flying with us ADRidge, you got your own wings now

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