Survival Flight

VFlutter

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As I am sure most have seen the NTSB report regarding the Survival Flight accident I thought it would be good to post, as a reminder to all and a warning to those eager for their first flight job.

It has always been known that SF did some shady things however this report is appalling on so many levels. The FAA needs to shut them down. The blatant disregard for regulations and safety from the owner and upper management is not fixable and fines are not sufficient. This type of behavior ruins our profession



ECHO Heliops is offering relocation assistance for current SF employees who chose to find another job

 

akflightmedic

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What sucks is being a member of several flight groups on Facebook and seeing the posts from Rachel Cunningham....she joined the group, got hired, went through orientation, was excited about her new job. One year later...dead from a crash during a flight which simply did not need to occur.
 

GMCmedic

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That report is hard to read.

I was amazed at how many SF employees were defending that company when that memo came to light. Tells me that some of this has become cultural norms within that company.

I hope this report reaches a lot of people interested in future flight careers so they know to avoid this company at all costs.
 
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VFlutter

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That report is hard to read.

I was amazed at how many SF employees were defending that company when that memo came to light. Tells me that some of this has become cultural norms within that company.

I hope this report reaches a lot of people interested in future flight careers so they know to avoid this company at all costs.
Agreed, I have had a couple SF acquaintances try to defend it as a base or region issue when it is clear this was a systemic failure at the highest level.
 

E tank

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Skimmed the report a couple of times and I couldn't find the reason for the crash. Where is it? The section on icing, as far as I could tell, just talked about the phenomenon and what to do about it.
 

DesertMedic66

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Skimmed the report a couple of times and I couldn't find the reason for the crash. Where is it? The section on icing, as far as I could tell, just talked about the phenomenon and what to do about it.
This was just the factual report. The final report which will list a reason or suspected reason for the crash should be released soon. Based on all the emails and HR reports I wouldn’t be surprised if this was another Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) caused by entering Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC)
 

DesertMedic66

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ECHO HeliOps is now offering $1000 relocation assistance for current survival flight employees to leave and get hired elsewhere. If they are not a ECHO member they are still offering $250 to get hired somewhere else.
 

GMCmedic

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I know nothing about SF with exception of relation to this crash, so maybe I have formed an unfair opinion, but that email sounds like a bunch of BS.
 

medichopeful

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We are going to continue to take an honest look at every flight request that comes in regardless of what competing company turned it down.
I just read this sentence as "we just don't care about risks, we'll take the flight." This company needs to be shut down, and management charged.
 

E tank

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Also known as Pilot error.
So yeah... Not really impressed with the content of the report...a lot of cut and paste restating of policy and operational manuals mixed in with statements of people they interviewed and some stuff that I thought was irrelevant (they didn't ask me, so...) .... Kind of a jumble of stuff without any real orderly progression from one theme to the next, I thought.

It does paint a pretty unflattering picture of the operation for sure, but offers no indication at all that this particular event was related to that in any way.

Apparently not the point of the report, but sort of more opens a can of worms than giving any clarity.
 

CANMAN

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That report is hard to read.

I was amazed at how many SF employees were defending that company when that memo came to light. Tells me that some of this has become cultural norms within that company.

I hope this report reaches a lot of people interested in future flight careers so they know to avoid this company at all costs.
Just goes to show they don't know what they don't know. For a lot of them it was/is likely their first HEMS job and they failed to educated themselves prior to on what makes an outfit safe, so they aren't familiar with what certain industry standards are, or have never worked for/been exposed to a great safety culture and operations. That's the only way I see that someone agrees with SOG's like they have.
 

FiremanMike

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The flight medic was a friend of mine. A lot of what is said above and in that report are true and were known issues in the area.

Brad had no flight experience and was excited to be in the air.

I have a lot more to say about this, but I'm going to wait until the lawsuits are settled and the families are bazillionaires before I put it out there on the interwebs.
 

CANMAN

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The flight medic was a friend of mine. A lot of what is said above and in that report are true and were known issues in the area.

Brad had no flight experience and was excited to be in the air.

I have a lot more to say about this, but I'm going to wait until the lawsuits are settled and the families are bazillionaires before I put it out there on the interwebs.
Sorry for your loss man.
 

FiremanMike

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Sorry for your loss man.
Thanks.. We'd lost touch over the last few years, but in 20 years he's the first LODD that I've personally known, hung out with, drank beer with.. Certainly makes the funeral that much harder..

Then survival flight did the flyover of the graveside service.. In marginal weather.. I still get angry thinking about that..
 
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