The Paradox of Helicopter Emergency Training

This paper discusses how the practice curriculum for emergency procedures in helicopter operations is not necessarily based on the prevalence of these emergencies. Some procedures (e.g., stuck pedal and hover autorotation) are practiced but rarely ever occur in real operations, while other emergencies (e.g., ditching accidents) are rarely practiced even though they still happen. An analysis of helicopter accidents from a 6-year period taken from the National Transportation and Safety Board database illustrates this phenomenon. This analysis suggests that decisions about training emergency procedures may not be based on risk alone but also on elements of learning for which little research exists. In terms of risk and safety, the current curriculum practices should be changed based on the statistical data.

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  • Authors:
    • de Voogt, Alex
    • Van Doorn, Robert R
  • Publication Date: 2007


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  • Accession Number: 01054117
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2007 12:27AM