The Paradox of Helicopter Emergency Training

R.R.A. van Doorn, A.J. de Voogt*

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The practice of helicopter emergency procedures is not necessarily based on the prevalence of the emergencies in helicopter operations. Stuck pedal, hover autorotation, and ditching accidents taken from the National Transportation and Safety Board database illustrate this phenomenon. It is argued that manufacturers, aviation authorities, and flight schools determine the helicopter training curriculum and base their decisions on the safety of practice and the possibility of transfer of skill. Research on learning and transfer of skill in helicopter training is necessary to judge and possibly improve current helicopter training practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-274
JournalInternational Journal of Aviation Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


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