Thursday, October 30, 2014

Advanced Helicopter Concepts: Flight School Reopens After Fatal Mid-Air Collision



FREDERICK, Md. - After a week-long voluntary suspension, Advanced Helicopter Concepts was back in the air on Thursday. 

"We're starting with a limited flight schedule with some of our students," said Neal Lanning, AHC president. "We all agree that we owe it to the people that are still here to pick up and keep rolling."

Last week on Thursday, a fatal mid-air collision took the lives of three aviation enthusiasts, including AHC helicopter instructor Chris Parsons. Staff at the flight school say that since the collision, they have talked to grieving counselors and consoled the families of the victims. After careful consideration, they believe that opening their doors is the best way to honor the lives lost.

"One of the things [Parson's] mother said to me at the last service was to make sure we keep flying. This is what Chris would want," Lanning said.

Business has remained steady following the collision, with no cancellations from customers, according to an AHC representative. Thursday morning, instructors and maintenance personnel were busy with helicopter upkeep in preparation of future flights. Instructors say before they go up in the air, there is a 30 minute long preliminary flight check, inspecting helicopter parts, electronic equipment and items in the cockpit.

"I'm checking temporary flight restrictions, weather reports from other pilots for any hazards in the area, coordinating and checking a lot of stuff before you even look at the helicopter," said Keith Thornton, chief flight instructor with AHC.

Officials at the flight school say they have provided the necessary documents and statements to the National Transportation Safety Board for their investigation.


- Source:  http://www.your4state.com
 
Cirrus SR22, N122ES, Graeves Auto & Appliance Inc. (and) Robinson R44 Raven II, N7518Q, Advanced Helicopter Concepts, Inc: Accident occurred October 23, 2014 near Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

Any witnesses should email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.
 
Description: A CIRRUS SR22 (N122ES) COLLIDED IN FLIGHT WITH A ROBINSON R44 HELICOPTER (N7158Q) ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE SOUTHWEST OF FREDERICK AIRPORT. ALL 3 PERSONS IN R44 WERE FATAL. BOTH PERSONS IN CIRRUS SR-22 RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES. NO GROUND INJURIES. CIRRUS SR22 WAS INBOUND FOR LEFT DOWN TO VISUAL RUNWAY 30. ROBINSON R-44 WAS CONDUCTING LOCAL CLOSED-PATTERN TRAFFIC WITH TWO OTHER TRAINING HELICOPTERS OVER A NEARBY GRASS INFIELD NON-MOVEMENT AREA. WEATHER WAS VFR. THE CONTRACT TOWER CONTROLLER WAS COMMUNICATING WITH BOTH AIRCRAFT.

http://registry.faa.gov/N122ES

http://registry.faa.gov/N7518Q

Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baltimore FSDO-07