Human Factors Training In The Real World, Part 1

While attending a course on avalanche safety, students learned how to analyze a snowpack. They subsequently prepared a landing site for an EMS helicopter. This required assessing the hazards to a helicopter approach, landing, touchdown and takeoff caused by the snow, as well as the effects of localized winds on the helicopter’s performance and handling margins. Photo Credit: Kimberly Henneman
Training for the “real world” can be fraught with risks, especially when that training is in snow-covered, mountainous terrain. On Feb. 22, 2022, two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters belonging to the Utah National Guard were conducting training to prepare their flight crews for this threatening...

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