But wouldn't it be great if we could make rotary wing flight safer!
Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots lists all the hazards that lead to accidents, with case studies to illustrate each point and in-depth theory to commercial pilot standard. And perhaps most importantly, it includes practical notes on how to avoid the hazard or recover from it. This book is not just for student pilots - of the 70 case studies included in the book, fewer than 10% of Pilots in Command had under 500 hours. One had 27,000. It's not inexperience thats the danger here; it's complacency! This is compulsory reading for all helicopter pilots and passengers, as much can be learned from the mistakes of others. Most if not all helicopter accident types are in this well researched book. Many of the aircraft accidents I attend as a rescue pilot have all happened previously to others. We need to use careful risk assessment and minimisation techniques to prevent reoccurrences in the future. This book highlights many examples of the risks that lie ahead for all helicopter pilots and passengers.