Utility Flight Operations Part I


Utility Flight Operations Part I is a one full day training seminar designed to train pilots and patrolmen to work together as a team and is applicable to all utility helicopter operations in the wire and obstruction environment. The seminar establishes basic awarenesses vital to safe low-level utility operations.

Brief overviews of the topics covered during the course are as follows:

  • How risk enters into utility flight operations
  • “Applied” situational awareness on patrol
  • The “Basic Awareness’s” utility crews must have and maintain while operating in the wire and obstruction environment
  • Understanding your exposure to the wire and obstruction environment
  • Utility helicopter accident analysis
  • Crew Resource Management (What the pilot and linemen need to do to act together as a crew in the wire and obstruction environment)
  • Why the Patrolman is so important regarding safety during patrol operations
  • The responsibilities of each crew member
  • In-flight communications
  • Flight critical information all patrolmen/lineman have that they seldom use
  • Where the wire and obstruction environment really is
  • Dynamics of the wire environments
  • Traps waiting for untrained patrol crews
  • Visibility engineering (What you can and can’t see and why)
  • How patrol crews can forecast the presence of wire long before they can actually see it
  • Illusions while on patrol in the wire environment (What causes them and how to manage them)
  • The high wire reconnaissance (How is it different from a regular recon?)
  • Additional dangers during patrol operations
  • How patrol crews let the accident chain develop

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