HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Flying in the Wire and Obstruction Environment (Part II)

March 4, 2013 | | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2
Pilot Skills Track


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Wire strikes continue to be a devastating threat for pilots and crews who fly in the low-level wire and obstruction environment. This course will build on the concepts introduced in Flying in the Wire and Obstruction Environment (Part I) and present advanced strategies that crews can implement to manage the risk of a strike accident. This course will also examine the emergency procedures crews should have in place and actual case studies of strike accidents. For each case, attendees will analyze how the accident chain developed and discuss what crews should have done in time to prevent the accident from occurring.

Course topics include —

  • Advanced wire and hazard forecasting and scanning the environment
  • Preflight preparation and risk management tools
  • Why standard operating procedures are vital and minimum safe helicopter approach distances
  • Crew qualifications and spotting hazardous attitudes
  • The role of the lineman
  • Staying in “Condition Yellow”
  • Basic survival in case of an incident or forced landing and accident analysis
  • Factors that work against safe operations for this environment
  • Human error and communication breakdown and short-term memory loss
  • The loss of one or more of the basic awarenesses critical to operations in this environment.

Attendees will learn about applied situational awareness, how to forecast the presence of and detect wire before they can actually see it, how to position aircraft for maximum wire visibility, the responsibilities of each crew member in preventing a strike accident, and the common traps unskilled crew members can fall into.

Bob Feerst is president of Utilities/Aviation Specialists Inc., an internationally known safety auditing, training, and consulting group based in Crown Point, Indiana. He is a former manager of flight operations for a large midwestern gas and electric utility company. His experience combines 38 years of aviation experience with 31 years of operating in wire and obstruction environments.

Who Should Attend
Managers; directors of operations; chief pilots responsible for low-level flight operations; power line, pipeline, and buried-cable patrol pilots and crews; agricultural pilots; air medical service pilots and crews; airborne law enforcement officers; airborne fire control pilots and crews; executive transport crews; aerial patrolmen, crews, and observers; helicopter lift-operations pilots; traffic and electronic news gathering crews; flight instructors; and aviation attorneys.

Course Prerequisites

Professional Development Credit
FAA Wings program