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Helicopter safety and the sleepy summertime blues

from By Mark Huber

Summer — the fat season for helicopter EMS — is quickly approaching, and with it comes a spike in the monthly accident rate. That's what new data from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team suggests. A study released in April from the USHST clearly shows that helicopter accidents and the percentage of fatal accidents increase as the temperature rises, peaking in July. The data is counterintuitive from the pilot point of view. Some of us equate the lazy, hazy days of summer with good flying weather, and things are more relaxed. That mindset could precisely be the problem, according to the USHST. more

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