Focus Is On Reducing The Accident Rates Across The Industry…
FX LLC was established by the helicopter industry to look into the root causes of helicopter accidents, and they found that it often comes down to the fundamentals.
Kevin Bredenbeck, VP of Operations and Director of Training for FX LLC told ANN CEO and editor in chief Jim Campbell at HAI 2017 that the group was challenged with looking at about 2,000 accidents. What they found were some common threads in those accidents.
Bredenbeck said that it became apparent that PTS standards, training and currency requirements were not really preparing pilots for things that happen in the aircraft.
Some of those commonalities include degraded personal concerns, meaning a pilot gets overwhelmed by what's happening in the aircraft, degraded aircraft, and degraded systems.
FX LLC has prepared a syllabus for helicopter training, and over the past year and a half tested those concepts to determine what could be done to enhance training.
Bredenbeck said that while the primary focus is helicopter training, that is just a small portion of the three-day course offered by the company.
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