Participants in Helicopter Awareness Training are invited to share close calls they have experienced then use the protocols from the course to explore ways to mitigate real hazards. In no particular order these are direct quotes of some of those recollections....
- "Tail strike at 10' above helipad in 206. Hard landing. Pilot shut down. Looked at tail rotor. Took off."
- "In the trees we were set out; crouched left front of the machine waiting for pilot to take off. The pilot apparently lost situational awareness and raised ten feet & rotated in place ready to take off. We flattened ourselves on the forest floor as the tail (rotor) went over our heads."
- "Student (who had received training!) approached the helicopter from the uphill direction. Yelling from the crew stopped the student in time."
- "End of day at remote site, EC 120 with 4 passengers (max load). Took off along esker to maximize lift but encountered juvenile muskox walking up esker, about 50 m down esker (beyond slight rise)."
- " Bent tail rotor (hit tree) on landing in clearing."
- "Colleague approaches helicopter. Baseball hat gets blown off his head and he jumps /reaches to catch it. Hat destroyed by rotors (no damage, able to fly home). No damage to human either."
- " Helicopter (XXX) going down for emergency landing at Duti Creek." Forced landing autorotation from 1000 ft due to broken blower belt. I had to spend two nights in the bush with only emergency rations and a space blanket because it 24 hours for helicopter to get back to camp."
- " The pilot's normal daily start pattern was interrupted while engineer was standing on cargo basket looking under the cowls. Pilot thought he was ready to go and took off. Engineer jumped off. Pilot landed."
- " NW Alberta - Jet Ranger. Hot Humid morning, full fuel, with 3 passengers plus NO WIND. Landed while cool morning air, tried to lift off an hour later. Struggled to get up, overtorqued and landed from about 15 feet up HARD!!! Had to shut down, inspect machine, then split up crew until some full fuel was burned."