CHC Looks To Automation After Shetlands Crash

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 28, 2013
Credit: Tony Osborne/AW

Helicopter operator CHC Scotia is encouraging greater use of automation in its flights in the wake of the Aug. 23 crash of a Super Puma as it approached a Shetland Islands airport.

CHC is urging crews to “default” to the use of onboard automated systems after U.K. air-accident investigators reported a loss of airspeed during the approach of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma, G-WNSB, was “unobserved” by the pilot and co-pilot moments before it crashed into the North Sea.

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