Avoiding Human Errors in Helicopter Operations

Rotor Safety Challenge (RSC)
Safety; Operations; Maintenance
Instructor: Claude Vuichard

The main objective of this session is to discuss the human factors that cause incidents and accidents such as negative transfer, stress, and pilot skills. The presenters will show how to overcome these factors with operational techniques and procedures which will lead to a significant reduction of accidents and incidents. The techniques presented were invented by Claude Vuichard as a pilot in the Swiss Alps in search-and-rescue (SAR) and HEMS missions and helicopter operations.

Instructor Bio

Claude Vuichard is a pioneer in the vertical flight industry, with more than 16,000 hours of flight experience and 15 different type ratings. He also flew as a high-altitude rescue pilot for Air Zermatt. On behalf of the government of Switzerland, Claude flew presidential aircraft and carried out search-and-rescue missions for many years. He was a civil aviation flight inspector on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation. He is the creator of the Vuichard Recovery Technique for escaping vortex ring state.

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