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Safety briefing – Helicopter Cargo Flights and Suspended loads
It is very important for safety during the mission that ground crews have undergone a thorough briefing before the mission starts. Aviation Supervision has clear rules for what is a minimum content of such a security review . Note the date and time the pilot and ground crew in the helicopter company conducted the review. It may also be of importance in insurance issues.
- Briefing about the mission and equipment ( Hoisting, Cargonet, Load hook and attaching).
- Dangerous Situations
- Distribution of Tasks
- Plan B if original process fails
- Special caution for movement near the helicopter
- Loose objects which may blow objects away
- Long objects may hit a moving rotor
- Traffic on roads crossing the flight path
- Environmental considerations
- Obstacles in the air
Can the Pilot See YOU ?
From the ground it is easy to see the helicopter at all times. But what about the pilot ? The pilot has only a small window in the floor just enough to see the cargo below the helicopter. Therefore it is very important that you always think of the pilot also must see if you when doing hand signals. Remember when load is hooked on or remotely triggered , the pilot is watching down through the floor window and do not see you even if you see the pilot. Large and overdone arm movements are necessary for the pilot to see and understand what you mean.
Important briefing before cargo flights
It is very important for safety during the mission that ground crews have undergone a thorough briefing before the mission starts
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