Experiences in Performing Flight Inspection with Rotary Wing Aircraft
Andreas Kleffman and Thorsten Heinke, Aerodata AG, Germany
Location: Regency Ballroom
Date/Time: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 11:45 a.m.
Flights following instrument flight rules with rotary wing aircraft are growing in aviation. These flights could be private flights with helicopter, which raises in popularity these days, but more important are flights concerning search and rescue, ambulance and other emergency situations. In addition, the commercial market for rotary wing flights to platforms, dedicated hotels, hospitals or different fixed heliports is increasing. Due to these GPS based procedures for landing and enroute navigation for helicopter are expanding tremendously. Flight validation and flight inspection of these new procedures for rotary aircraft is compulsory. First attempts of performing flight inspection of these procedures with fixed wing aircraft ended up in problems through steep and narrow approaches on hospitals in populated areas. Out of such adventures a new kind of flight inspection executed by helicopter was born. Completely new challenges needed to be resolved and new techniques were required to be developed. This paper summarizes experiences, practices and requirements regarding flight inspection with rotary wing aircraft. It evaluates the hard- and software necessities to perform procedure validation and highlights the challenges and pitfalls with such flight inspection helicopter. Examples of existing flight inspection helicopter are presented and explained. The corresponding results of these procedure validation flights are examined in detail and evaluated in comparison to normal flight inspection constraints.