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Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii

Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii

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Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii

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  1. Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii Human PerformanceWilliam J. Bramble, Jr., Ph.D.

  2. Local Weather Challenges • Unusually challenging local climate • Weather briefings of limited use • Local flying experience important

  3. Pilot Experience • Experienced helicopter pilot • Less than 2 months flying on Kauai • Company training focused on helicopter, tour routes, and SFAR 71 • No formal company weather training

  4. Need for Training • Pilot’s decision indicates poor assessment • No FAA guidance to help companies train pilots to better utilize local cues • Human factors research indicates such training can improve in-flight decisions

  5. Pilot-Scheduling Practices • Pilots often at controls 8 hours • No restroom facilities • No scheduled rest breaks • No scheduled lunch break

  6. Pilot’s Schedule • 8.7 hours on duty • 7.7 hours sustained operations • Mix of low-level and higher altitude flight • Deteriorating weather • Witness reports

  7. Impact of Pilot’s Schedule • Increased risk of dehydration • Increased risk of physiological distractions • Increased risk of fatigue • Adverse impact on decision-making and performance