Low Flying in a Wires and Hazards Enviroment encompasses the myriad of threats that low flying helicopters and aeroplanes encounter and contextualises it within human factors / CRM / TRM training along with an understanding of powerline architecture and relevant meteorology.
Being able to identify threats, both anticipated and unanticipated, enhances planning and execution of low level missions.
A must for anyone flying in the nexus between the earth and the sky, professional and novice alike.
Remembering facts and figures is part and parcel of aviation... but if one understands 'why' a fact is, or 'what purpose' a figure represents, then it becomes ingrained. In the low flying rules section of the training we discuss exactly what the rules are and why they are the way they are.
The limitations of humans operating at low level are explored in detail. Attitudes, motivations, physiological and physical stressors, threats, errors, decision-making methods all play a part in safely operating close to terrain. Commercial stressors are another key threat that must figure in the planning to ensure that a mission is conducted safely and efficiently.
Fly the wire
Low level flight takes place in the nexus between the human environment and the natural environment. Birds, bats, dirt, dust, terrain and other natural hazards exist ready to teach the unwary a deadly lesson. The effects of weather: turbulence, thunderstorms, airborne particulates likewise must be taken into consideration during the planning and execution.
Wires and towers continue to confound aviators. Up close they're obvious, but from a distance and at speed they disappear into the ground clutter. Learning the architecture of transmission and distribution lines and a few tricks to spot and remember wires will pay incredible dividends for low-flying aviators and the companies for whom they may work.
An example of why it's important to understand the hazards of flying at low level.