AVIATION SAFETY

  Last Updated 12-12-16
“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect”
Captain A G Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group, London. c. early 1930's
“In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks”
-letter from Wilbur Wright to his Father in September 1903.
 
Safety is a learned behavior. At Universal Helicopters, our job is to create a safe training environment for our Students, Instructors and all our employees. Safety is our number 1 priority. All decisions we make are predicated on making, keeping and improving the safety of our operations. Economic considerations come second.

We have Universal Helicopters Safety Policies, Practices & Procedures which all students and instructors must read, understand and agree to comply with to create and maintain that safe environment.

We teach Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) to help our students and instructors to determine the best course of action for a given set of circumstances. This teaches them to understand and manage risks, recognize hazardous attitudes, to make good decisions and to be safe pilots.

We are intolerant of students and instructors who do not follow our Safety Policy, Practices and Procedures, FAA regulations and the Limitations defined by the Robinson Helicopter Company for our helicopters. There are no second chances.

The FAA has created a national FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) with one mission, to improve the aviation safety record in the USA. Universal Helicopters has four representatives (in Provo, Prescott, Dodge City and Scottsdale) dedicated to the promotion of aviation safety and to support the FAA Regional Program Managers.

We run an annual Standardization and Safety Seminar and Flight Instructor Refresher Course for all our instructors and invited guests, the most recent of which was held at ERAU’s Prescott AZ campus in October 2016.

  • Review of recent helicopter crashes, causes and prevention.
    • Mid Air Collisions
    • Air Ambulance crashes
    • Helicopter Crashes & CFIT
    • Robinson Helicopter Crashes
    • Post Maintenance, Pre-Flighting
  • Hidden Dangers (night, bad weather, low altitude, attitude, over water, wire strikes, LTE)
  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), crashes and accidents
  • Crash Avoidance and UHI Safety Culture
  • Fundamentals of Instructing
  • Being the Best Instructor You Can Be
    • Training & Instruction Techniques
    • How to maintain and improve the quality of training
    • Common student errors
  • A review of National Airspace System
  • Key Part 61, 91 & 141 Federal Aviation Regulations and interpretations
  • Navigating in the 21st Century and NextGen, ADS-B
  • Instrument & CFII update for Instructors
  • TSA for Instructors
  • FAASTeam & Wings Program
  • Guest Speakers
    • FAA
    • NTSB
    • AIG Aerospace
    • Robinson Helicopter Company
    • Pylon Aviation
    • Dodge City Community College
Flight Instructor Standardization, Safety Seminar and FIRC – Prescott AZ, October 2016
Flight Instructor Standardization & Safety Seminar and FIRC – Prescott AZ, October 2016

Universal Helicopters receives the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Presidents' Award for Safety

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Department of Flight held their annual President’s Safety Day. This annual event brings the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President, Dr. John Johnson, to the Prescott Campus to recognize the safety record of the flight department. This year the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Safety was presented to Mr. Gordon Jiroux, the President and Owner of Universal Helicopters.

UHI is the contractor for providing helicopter training for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Prescott, Arizona campus. UHI has provided high quality flight instruction with zero accidents since the start of the contract over two years ago. UHI operates over 27 Robinson Helicopters within their system (20 R22’s & 7 R44’s) and has remained accident free for nearly 10 years. The College of Aviation is proud to have UHI providing their helicopter flight instruction for their Prescott Campus students.

Dr.Johnson-President. ERAU, Gordon Jiroux-President. UHI, Danny Mackenzie -UHI Director of Operation, Dr. Ayers-Executive V.P. ERAU, Prescott Campus.

Presidents' Award
Dr. Gordon Jiroux Wins HAI’s Flight Instructor of the Year Award
HAI 2014 CONVENTION NEWS | FEBRUARY 27, 2014
For the hundreds of helicopter pilots that have trained or flown with Dr. Gordon Jiroux in a Robinson R22 over his 30-plus, accident-free years as a flight instructor and the countless others in the industry who know him, the announcement that he would receive the W.A. “Dub” Blessing Award (Flight Instructor of the Year) here at Heli-Expo 2014 was probably met with the thought, “Well, it’s about time!”
Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor ERAU Prescott
Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor ERAU Prescott
ADM - Hidden Dangers - Dr. Gordon Jiroux
ADM - Hidden Dangers - Dr. Gordon Jiroux
Kurt Robinson, President Robinson Helicopter
Kurt Robinson, President Robinson Helicopter
Anthony Lyons - Vice President of Community Industry Relations Dodge City Community College
Anthony Lyons - Vice President of Community Industry Relations
Dodge City Community College
Jim Silliman - Senior Air Safety Investigator - NTSB
Jim Silliman - Senior Air Safety Investigator - NTSB
Frank Robinson & Gordon Jiroux, President_UHI
Frank Robinson & Dr. Gordon Jiroux, President UHI
Tim Tucker, Robinson Helicopter Company Chief Instructor
Tim Tucker
Robinson Helicopter Company Chief Instructor
Pat Cox, Robinson Helicopter Company
Pat Cox, Director Customer Support
Robinson Helicopter Company
Kade Nielson - PHI Air Medical Training - Check Airman
Kade Nielson - PHI Air Medical Training - Check Airman
Scott Tyrrell - COS Specialist FAA Rotorcraft Directorate
Scott Tyrrell - COS Specialist FAA Rotorcraft Directorate
Chihoon_Shin_-_NTSB_Aviation_Safety.jpg
Chihoon Shin – NTSB Aviation Safety Investigator
Greg Sterling – Snr Vice President AIG Aerospace
Greg Sterling – Snr Vice President AIG Aerospace
Scott Urschell – President Pylon Aviation
Scott Urschell – President Pylon Aviation