Innovating for Safety Safety is paramount in the Canadian rotary-wing industry and Fort Erie, Ont.-based Airbus Helicopters Canada is leading the way in developing new processes, programs and technologies to keep the blades turning. Several of these processes were highlighted in Helicopters special Innovation in Rotary Safety week Sept. 11-15. The week also showcased key initiatives from other OEMS and rotary wing operators and manufacturers. For more go to: http://bit.ly/2wY1Po Airbus Helicopters Canada president and CEO Romain Trapp explained to Helicopters that programs such as its Innovation in Safety Award, annual Safety Seminar for private operators – held this May in Montebello, Que. – and the company’s International Powerline Symposium set for Nov. 14-15 in Alexandria, Va. all work in concert to develop best practices and a sound working environment both in Canada and abroad. The Innovation in Safety Award is handed out annually at the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) conference to an individual or company that displays advancements and accomplishments that work to uphold safe flying practices. Selected by a panel of esteemed industry professionals – including Helicopters editor Matt Nicholls – the Innovation in Safety Award is a reflection of the high level of professionalism that exists throughout the Canadian rotary landscape. Previous winners of the award include Geoff Goodyear, president of Universal Helicopters; Paul Spring, president of Phoenix Heli- Flight; Blackcomb Aviation; B.C. Hydro; and Don Wall, HNZ Topflight. A new winner will be selected at the HAC conference Nov. 9-11 in Ottawa. “Safety is our No. 1 priority and when you approach safety with helicopters, you need to approach it though different angles because operators are different – and they all face different challenges,” Trapp said. “The Innovation in Safety Award highlights these challenges.” Developing a pair of industry-leading safety events is another way Airbus Helicopters Canada is taking a leadership role in safety innovation. Both provide classroom and training to operators from coast to coast, creating an ideal platform for enhanced training knowledge. “The Safety Seminar provides a platform for private customers to discuss with one another best practices and more importantly to receive up-to-date training,” Trapp noted. “And promoting safety in a powerline environment is important because it is dangerous by definition – which is why we created the International Powerline Symposium. This was also developed out of necessity to bring the utility, powerline and hydro communities together, including everyone from operators to end users. The goal is also to establish best practices.” Airbus Helicopters Canada is also working to enhance its own productivity and efficiencies in Fort Erie. It has improved its safety footprint and enhanced productivity by adding 5,000 sq. ft. of MRO capacity at its home base for both domestic and international customers. “Connecting maintenance data and aircraft data helps us to improve our support by being more proactive,” Trapp said. “And at the end of the day, it has helped us improve the reliability of our aircraft . . . we have learned what works well, and what doesn’t work as well.” Vision Quest: Helijet, BC Ambulance Services add NVIS Helijet International Inc. is installing Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) in all three of its dedicated air ambulance helicopters. Helijet is the helicopter air medical contract service provider for the B.C. Ambulance Service. Helijet operates a fleet of specially equipped Sikorsky S-76C+ medical helicopters on a 7/24 basis from its Vancouver International Airport and Prince Rupert/Seal Cove base facilities under long-term contracts with BC Emergency Health Services, which operates the B.C. Ambulance Service. NVIS is a proven technology used primarily by first responder flight operations such as air medical, search and rescue and law enforcement. NVIS is also referred to as night-vision goggles. The technology uses image intensifier tubes to produce an enhanced image of a scene in light conditions too low for the normal human eye to identify clearly during navigation and pilotage. Under an agreement with BCEHS, Helijet will install NVIS into the HS abd three dedicated air ambulances, with the $1.6 million installation cost being financed by Helijet International. Once operational, NVIS will enhance cockpit flight operations to provide greater pilot situational awareness with the objective of achieving safer mission completion during night flight operations. To complete this complex aircraft installation, Helijet has partnered with Saanich, B.C.- based VIH Aerospace, along with Rebtech Technologies and Night Flight Concepts, both of which are leading industry-recognized NVIS technology installers and service providers to the global aviation community. “This equipment will significantly enhance our current air ambulance service delivery, allowing us to provide services where we couldn’t before and dramatically increasing safety where we have,” noted Helijet’s director of flight operations, Brendan McCormick. Helijet’s flight crew plan to be fully ground and flight trained on the use of this technology by early 2018. 2017 HAC Convention and Trade Show ready to shine The 2017 Helicopter Association convention and trade show goes Nov. 9-11 in Ottawa and this year’s theme “Advancing Safety in Challenging Economic Circumstances” is fitting considering operators are striving for ways to survive and thrive in challenging market conditions. HAC is stepping up its safety offerings this year partially in light of the relocation of the CHC Safety & Quality conference. CHC moved the popular safety event from Vancouver closer to its home base of Dallas, Tx. The event also moved to the end of September from its usual springtime slot. Building around its theme, one day of this year’s HAC educational lineup will be dedicated solely to safety. The association is also bringing in a number of heavy hitters to share their insights on improving the safety spectrum. Some of this year’s key presenters include: • Dr. Scott Shappell, department chair and professor of human factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University • Graham Braithwaite, director of transport systems, professor of safety and accident investigation at Cranfield University. Additional speakers and educational sessions worth checking out from this year’s program include: • Fatigue Management Systems 101, presented by Transport Canada’s Rosalie Kamp • Letting the Helicopter Air Taxi Accidents Speak for Themselves, Kathy Fox, Chair Transportation Safety Board of Canada • Sharing the Sky with UAVs, Mark Aruja, Chair, Unmanned Systems Canada • Significant Developments in Labour Relations for Helicopter Operators, Steven Williams, Emond Hamden LLP For more information on the event, see www.h-a-c.ca/convention.html
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