A selection of articles written for Heliops.
1970 - A personal story about the first year operating with the Navy’s new ‘toy’. On December 2nd 1969, I flew the last mission of my Operational Flight Training. It was a CASEX with an ‘all-student’ crew - S/Lt Graham Lee in the right-hand seat and S/Lt Ray...read more
EBT is coming to the Rotary World – but what is EBT? Indications are that Evidence-Based Training – EBT - is coming to the Rotary World – at least in EASA-land. ICAO is also considering the concept in a forthcoming helicopter mission training document. EBT has taken...read more
GIVING TOUCH-PANEL TRAINING DEVICES THE FINGER Don’t panic… keep your hair on… I am a fan of the touch-panel-based training device, so don’t get the wrong idea… BUT… are they usurping the role of the genuine cockpit trainer and leaving us worse off as a result? A...read more
Flight Simulation and the Single Pilot Environment The accident statistics published on both sides of the Atlantic by the FAA* and EASA* show similar trends regarding ‘causal factors’. It would not surprise me to find that those similarities were mirrored across the...read more
Sim Instructors Can Spot Design Flaws and Help Prevent Accidents I read an accident report today, the one issued by the UAE authorities following the ditching of the AW139 with a failed oil cooler fan. This preliminary report, no doubt, as with many previous accident...read more
Geoff Newman – Flight Simulation Correspondent I have just rounded off my 49th year in aviation the big ‘5’ ‘0’ come in November. For two years, back in the ‘80s I taught and examined in the S61 simulators in Aberdeen and Stavanger. For much of the last ten years I...read more