Helicopter thesis

Internal seating is made up of two pilot seats and additional seating for up to 13 passengers or crew in the cabin. The maximum seating arrangement consists of a four-man bench seat facing rearwards behind the pilot seats, facing a five-man bench seat in front of the transmission structure, with two, two-man bench seats facing outwards from the transmission structure on either side of the aircraft. All passenger seats are constructed of aluminum tube frames with canvas material seats, and are quickly removable and reconfigurable. The cabin may also be configured with up to six stretchers, an internal rescue hoist, auxiliary fuel tanks, spotlights, or many other mission kits. Access to the cabin is via two aft-sliding doors and two small, forward-hinged panels. The doors and hinged panels may be removed for flight or the doors may be pinned open. Pilot access is via individual hinged doors. [18]

While Robert Tester believes that “Every EMS helicopter should be IFR,” he recognizes that realizing such a goal requires a multi-layered approach. For example, Life Force equips each aircraft with three sets of night vision goggles (NVG), allowing pilots and the medical crewmembers to act as a team in low-visibility conditions to spot possible threats in a timely manner. Additionally all the aircraft are equipped with autopilots, an indispensable tool especially for single-pilot operations. The importance of autopilots and the HEMS pilots’ confidence in them is becoming evident. A simulator study being conducted by the National EMS Pilots Association has found that the overwhelming majority of pilots prefer to engage the autopilot shortly after departure and leave it on as weather deteriorates.

Helicopter thesis

helicopter thesis


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