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To improve awareness amongst helicopter pilots and push them to perform precautionary landings, ATSB is encouraging pilots to reduce risk level and perform more landings in case of emergency or whenever they have a doubt on flight conditions.
Together with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA), ‘Don’t push it, land it’ is a safety messaging that encourages pilots to take a decision that could increase their safety. Any helicopter pilot, regardless of his experience or type of helicopter flying, should prefer to land and not continue with the flight when necessary.
Helicopter pilots should take advantage of the unique capability they have of landing almost anywhere. Even if a helipad is not always available, still it is much easier to land in many available spaces compared to an airplane that can land on a strip of land or a wide road.
If you face deteriorating weather or you have a doubt on flight conditions, you should prefer a precautionary landing. If you decide to continue with the flight, it could be the beginning of an accident sequence.
This message is extended also to airplane pilots as they too can face the same decision and should prefer to land immediately, even if it is not as easy as with an helicopter.
In an airplane you should always have a field in sight or a road where you can land in case of an emergency. During the flight you should scan the land just below you and spot a field or strip of land usable for landing.
There have been a number of accidents where the pilot could have avoided the accident if he had decided to land sooner. These events should bring more awareness amongst other pilots.
A safety culture is as important as training. Safety has to become part of a routine and every pilot should be open to any new safety habit they can learn and implement in their flying experience.
The correct safety attitude will enable a correct safety management system.
For more information on ‘Don’t push it, land it’: www.austhia.com