Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies? Vinyl records? All gone or mostly gone.
While regular helicopter pilot training in day-to-day operations is always beneficial, such training is not always safe when conducted in the air. FlightSafety International’s Dallas Learning Center recently offered AIN reporter Mark Huber a look at the vast range of scenario-based training flights available with Vital X graphics and five-projector technology now available on the EC135 that the simulator emulates.
Bombardier’s first safety standdown in Latin America drew a crowd the day before the opening of the annual Labace show. The company had 150 people signed up in advance but 210 showed up for the event. The manufacturer sponsors similar standdowns in Wichita and Geneva, where it coincides with Ebace. The Labace standdown emphasized the importance of the sharing of knowledge and experience acquired outside the formal learning venue.