What You Can Do To Help–
Naval aviation has a saying…
“All helicopter emergency procedures are written in blood.”
What it means is…
Somebody died to find out what we now know about the helicopter ..and the best way to handle a particular emergency.
Let’s hope we don’t have to write procedures for medical helicopters to avoid drones… in blood. Let’s hope we can do better.
This week medical helicopter pilots in Virgina pleaded with drone owners to stay away from airports and medical helicopters. The plea is important. And what’s even more important is what’s not being said.
Read Between The Lines
What does it mean when pilots publicly plead with drone operators? Is there anything to read “between the lines?”
It means in no uncertain terms the pilots do not trust the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fix the problem. It means the pilots have lost faith in the “system” that’s in place to protect them and the public they fly.
It means pilots feel they have no other choice but to bypass the FAA and go directly to the public with their concerns.
It’s a bad sign… for all of us.
And easy as it is to throw proverbial stones at agencies entrusted to protect the public…
Name calling and stone-throwing never solves the problem.
How You Can Help
Is there any way to solve the problem?
Is there anything you and I can do to help? Is there anything anyone can do to help?
Actually, there is.
Pick up a telephone and call your elected officials. Call your congressperson and share your concerns about drones interfering with medical helicopters.
Send an email (written record) to elected officials with the same concerns.
Let’s not wait until the next air medical memorial service to voice concerns about medical helicopters and drones.
Let’s do what we can do, Right Now!
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