Flying Safety Is No Accident

Flying Safety Is No Accident

Every helicopter comes with a warning that this is not a toy. That it can cause serious injury, or even death. Unfortunately this is exactly what happened a few months ago when a helicopter went out of control and struck the pilot. I don’t know the exact circumstances of this tragic accident,. but helicopter design and electronic reliability have greatly improved over the years, and our improved flying skills have lead to maneuvers never before thought possible, leading us to become too complacent when flying.

However, there are also certain precautions we can take to enhance our safety. These include flying with the sun to your back, or wearing a hat and sunglasses to block being blinded by the sun. Also, when possible, fly with the wind to your back so it will blow the helicopter away from you rather than into you. Overconfidence in your helicopter and your flying skills can lead to a false sense of security. Our helicopters deserve our respect, and we should continue to have a little fear of them, the same as we would respect operating any dangerous piece of machinery. Although we can’t eliminate all the dangers of our hobby, keep a safe distance between you and the helicopter and always be prepared for a mechanical malfunction or a pilot error.

Updated: July 27, 2015 — 12:34 PM
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