You are on page 1of 8

2 0 1 8 I I S S U E 11 3

134
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND
THE DOWNRIGHT SILLY
THE PROS AND CONS OF THE
H125 IN SERVICE WITH TE ANAU
HELICOPTER SERVICES

Gaven Burgess and his wife Jennie both have


aviation backgrounds and combined their
expertise to establish Te Anau Helicopter
Services. The most recent addition to their
fleet is a new Airbus H125 and after the first
few months in service, Burgess gave HeliOps
his opinion of the new machine thus far.

156 HELI-EXPO 2018

188
THE AW609 – POTENTIALLY
THE DH COMET OF THE
CIVIL TILTROTOR WORLD?

Leonardo Helicopters has announced that


the AW609 will likely enter the market in the
next couple years. Paul Kennard reviews what
could this mean to the market.

200 WATCHING OUT FOR SAFETY

Scott McKenzie spent some time looking at what was new at HAI in 2018. Here’s his report on the flight
data recording and two innovative ideas on the market.
regulars

FROM THE EDITOR 7 FLIGHT SIMULATION 30

NEWS 8 A GREATER VIEW 32

FLIGHT TRAINING 24 BUSINESS TALK 36

MAINTENANCE 26 UAV TALK 38


HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018 201

WATCHING
OUT FOR
SAFETY
Scott McKenzie spent some
time looking at what was
new at HAI in 2018. Here’s
his report on the flight data
recording and two innovative
ideas on the market.
202 HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

C
rash investigation is an art and your flightpath and parameters to make
despite the best efforts of even the issues go away.
most talented accident investigator The two low cost options on the market
many causes of accidents remain that conform to the FDR specifications were on
inconclusive. Cockpit Voice and show at the HAI HeliExpo 18. There are some
Flight Data Recorders have made a huge major differences between the two being, the
difference to understanding and preventing first being cost and the second being scalability.
accidents in large aircraft, but smaller aircraft The most prominent is the Appereo Vision
have suffered due to the cost and size of the 1000 which is fitted new to civil Airbus
technology. Helicopters that leave the factory. The
Recently, Go Pro and similar small and benefits of the Appereo system is that it is
affordable technology have been used as scalable to include 3D flight review and
pseudo Flight Data Recorders. Unfortunately Flight Data Monitoring via the proprietary
Go Pro and the similar technology are not ALERTS software.
crashworthy and they may not have the same The Eye In The Sky is developed by Louisa
protections for court proceedings as Flight Data Patterson, CEO of Over The Top Helicopters in
Recorders (FDR). If your device complies with Queenstown, New Zealand. Louisa’s son and
ICAO standards for FDRs then it can only be one of her experienced instructors was fatally
used for prevention not prosecution. injured in a R44 mid-flight breakup. There was
Despite being useful for crash investigation no conclusive reason for this tragedy and as a
assistance there are many other uses for these result Louisa wanted to develop a low-cost FDR
types of devices which should easily justify to help reduce the helicopter accident rate. She
the cost of purchase and installation. The
other uses include fault finding, exceedance
monitoring (e.g. review over torque or over Eye In The Sky
temp parameters), flight path confirmation, (Photo Scott
McKenzie)
flying techniques, training review, SOP
conformance, spray coverage, complaints to
do with overflight, scaring stock etc. A simple
download will enable you to demonstrate

The Appereo
Vision 1000
(Photo Appereo)
204 HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

has enlisted the help of well-known Engineer • GPS position, ground speed, vertical speed
and Air Accident Investigator Tom McCready and altitude.
and together with several others and the CAA • Audio recording for intercom and ATC
the Eye In The Sky was born. The resulting communications plus ambient audio.
product will cost less than half of its nearest • Records to both a removable SD card and
competitor but it doesn’t have the scalability internal crash-hardened memory.
of the Appereo System. It is approximately four • Playback via included software.
months away from certification. • Crashworthy and fire-resistant case and
Firstly, let’s look at what they both give you SD card protection.
for the purchase price of the unit: • Start and stop on aircraft power.
• Easy mounting
• Cockpit imaging via wide-angle lens. Also • Data overwrite if maximum storage is
captures exterior footage through the reached therefore guaranteeing recently
windscreen recorded information.
• Attitude data (pitch, roll, yaw) via in built
accelerometers. The Appereo system records photos at 4

The back of the Eye In The Sky


showing the audio/power in (back)
and the fireproof SD card slot (left
side with black screws). The SD
card slot will use tamper proof
screws. (Photo Scott McKenzie)
206 HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018

Appereo cockpit
photo with zoom
on instruments
of interest.
(Photo: Appereo)

frames per second (4fps or 4Hz) through a 4 hours flight data at which time is starts to
Megapixel camera and this gives the play back overwrite itself.
a slightly jerky appearance. According to Casey The Eye In The Sky records 1080p full HD
DeLanghe, Appereo Sales Manager, this is to video at 60fps. This gives the ability to take
enable a suitable zoom feature to see more good quality still images from the video. It is
detail, on gauges for example. I suspect this capable of 40 hours of imaging/audio and will
was a limitation at the time of the development run for several minutes after a loss of power.
of the technology. The Appereo Vision 1000 is There is no scalability of the Eye In The Sky but
capable of 8 hours of imaging/audio and 200 those with an advanced ability in Google Earth

Appereo 3D
playback
example (Photo
Appereo)

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018 207

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Reports Available
from the Appereo
ALERTS system.
(Photo Appereo)

will very likely be able to use the captured data flights had “events”, including the duration and
to create a 3D flightpath. severity of each. You can generate reports from
The scalability of the Appereo Vision 1000 those events, allowing you to monitor specific
is what makes this system stand out. It has parameters with the ability to trend that
a 3D playback visualisation software with information over time.
synchronised imaging, audio, and 3D playback.
This would be very handy for flight training
schools, especially for procedural training such So what about the cost (all in US$)
as circuit and instrument training. Depending on the number of units, the
The ALERTS software provides automated Appereo Vision 1000 costs approximately
Flight Data Monitoring. This web-based $10,000. The replay software is a one off cost
application allows you to access past and of $5000. The FDM review software is $12,000
current flight data, generate detailed reports, plus an annual cost of $750 per aircraft.
and trend the safety improvements in your The Eye In The Sky is approximately $4,440,
operations. Flight data is automatically however, the first 500 will be sold at $2,200.
analysed against customised “Event Triggers” This will prove to be a very cost effect piece of
which can be set for different aircraft hardware for such a price.
or operations, based on self-generated What is great about the Eye In The Sky is all
parameters. This enables you to see which profits go to the James PG Trust, named after
208 HELIOPS / ISSUE 113 / 2018

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Reports Available
from the Appereo
ALERTS system.
(Photo Appereo)

Louisa’s son James Patterson-Gardner. The


trust will contribute all profits to help youth The Appereo Vision 1000
mounted in the centre of the
reach their full potential, in particular those overhead panel in an H135.
(Photo Scott McKenzie)
involved with aviation. If you pay for this device
you are not only watching out for you own
safety but also making an investment in the
future of aviation.
With the advancement of technology and
prices reducing it makes sense to install a
basic FDR system. If you are a large operator
of aircraft the FDM aspect would not only add
safety but give you a crucial point of difference
with the customer. n

The Appereo Vision 1000 fitted to the overhead panel of the


H135. The Appereo Vision 1000 is fitted to new H125, H135,
H145 and H175 aircraft. (Photo Scott McKenzie)