Help improve helicopter safety by completing this survey!

Thank you for taking this survey. Your confidential responses will help the non-profit Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST) better understand the adoption of safety-related technology. 

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* 1. What is your current age?

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* 2. What rotorcraft pilot certificates do you hold? (choose all that apply)

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* 3. Are you actively employed as a commercial pilot?

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* 4. Are you instrument rated?

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* 5. How many logged rotorcraft flight hours do you have?

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* 6. Of those how many hours are

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* 7. Where do you primarily fly?

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* 8. What types of helicopters do you fly? (please list make/model)

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* 9. What percentage of the time do you fly these mission segments? (Do not include the % sign. Must add up to 100.)

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* 10. What types of the following safety risk assessment tools/aeronautical decision making tools do you use (please select all that apply)?

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* 11. Does your organization have a Safety Management System (SMS)?

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* 12. If Yes to Previous SMS Question, how do you rate the effectiveness of your SMS on the overall safety of your operation ? 0 being not effective and 100 being highly effective

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* 13. Does your operation allow IFR flight (i.e., the operation is certified for IFR and pilots keep current)?

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* 14. What are your personal or company lowest minimums for ceiling and visibility for VFR flight operations?

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* 15. What are your personal or company lowest minimums for ceiling and visibility for IFR flight operations?

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* 16. What is your typical airspeed and altitude flown with what weather (i.e. ceiling and in what visibility) before you decide to transition from VFR to IFR (in flight)?

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* 17. Do you have access to or use a qualified full flight simulator or flight training device for VFR training?

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* 18. Do you have access to or use a qualified full flight simulator or flight training device for IFR training?

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* 19. Are there any elements of VFR or IFR training that you feel could be improved?

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* 20. In your opinion, what are the main barriers that keep you from flying IFR? (Please select all that apply.)

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* 21. For the purposes of enhancing safety of VFR operations, what technologies would you describe as useful? (Please select all that apply, and list in order of effectiveness the following equipment — with "5" being the most effective and "unk" indicating that you are not familiar. More details on vision systems are available.)

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Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS)
Head-Worn Display (HWD)/Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)/Heads-Up Display (HUD)
Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS)
Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS)
Combined Vision Systems (CVS)
Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)
Night Vision Goggles (NVGs)
Radar Altimeters
Stability Augmentation System (SAS)
Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS)
Autopilot (2-Axis)
Autopilot (3-Axis)
Autopilot (4-Axis)
ADS-B In
Electronic Flight Bags (e.g., Foreflight, Garmin Pilot, etc.) 
Cognitive Assistance Technologies (i.e. Digital Copilot)
Wire Strike Avoidance Systems
Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems
WAAS GPS
Flight Management System
IFR Certificated Aircraft

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* 22. For the purposes of enhancing safety of IFR operations, what technologies would you describe as useful? (Please select all that apply, and list in order of effectiveness the following equipment — with "5" being the most effective and "unk" indicating you are not familiar. More details on vision systems are available.)

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Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS)
Head-Worn Display (HWD)/Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)/Heads-Up Display (HUD)
Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS)
Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS)
Combined Vision Systems (CVS)
Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)
Night Vision Goggles (NVGs)
Radar Altimeters
Stability Augmentation System (SAS)
Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS)
Autopilot (2-Axis)
Autopilot (3-Axis)
Autopilot (4-Axis)
ADS-B In
Electronic Flight Bags (e.g., Foreflight, Garmin Pilot, etc.) 
Cognitive Assistance Technologies (i.e. Digital Copilot)
Wire Strike Avoidance Systems
Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems
WAAS GPS
Flight Management System
IFR Certificated Aircraft

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* 23. Most equipage and safety decisions are driven by Return on Investment (ROI) for operators. Which of the technologies that you listed for IFR/VFR operations is most likely to be considered if costs were not a consideration ?

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* 24. In your opinion, what is the most effective way to spread the use of technologies that encourage the additional use of IFR for Rotorcraft?

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* 25. Do you have any additional comments ?

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