I know very few people who like giving passenger briefings. I also rarely see anybody paying attention inside the airliner as well. But Maybe they’re all seasoned flyers already.
Not sure if you guys followed the helicopter crash landing in the river in NYC not too long ago, but I believe those passengers might have had a better chance if they had been briefed just a little better.
But lets get back to being cheery. THANK YOU EVERYONE who stopped by at the show to say hello!!
It was SO MUCH FUN to meet all you guys and chat. We had such a great time. Stef brought a bunch of stuff to draw in case it got slow but you guys timed the visits so perfectly that we were busy all day every day and we are really grateful for that. Since this was my first time at AERO, I was fascinated. I had no idea how much and what all was going on in Europe flying-wise. We will try to make it there again next year! What a show! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.
And try not to fall out. That wreaks havoc on the weight and balance. Just ask Harriet Quimby.
Unfortunately I doubt a better briefing would have helped the pax in the helo. They where harnessed directly to the structure with no quick release mechanism. Their knives where also inappropriate to cutting their tethers. While technically legal their setup was a disaster waiting to happen, which it did.
I like to take this accident as a teachable moment to all commercial pilots. We are not paid to say yes. We are paid to say no and people’s lives often depend on it. If we are asked to do something unsafe we have to draw the line and support each other when the line has been drawn. And we need to do better.
Pilots and Observers (ENG cameramen) have to do the “escape the helicopter upside down in a pool, wearing a blindfold” drill every year, the tourists didn’t. The tourists had extra harnesses on so the doors could be open for photography – which should have triggered the Safety Drill session, but it didn’t.
And they allegedly caught the Fuel Shutoff Valve handle in a backpack strap. A little late to say “Oopsie!” Even if the pilot figured it out instantly and reset it, it would take too long to get restarted.
Ahh well, Safety and Rules improvements take a long time and a lot of angst to get pushed through, and usually need a few corpses to prod them along.