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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Heinz, Aug 2, 2014.
Hmm. Someone's thinking there may be a pattern.
Interestingly when I went up with HMH a couple of weeks after the accident, they asked me my weight, which I can't remember them asking previous years. Were also 4 up plus guide, but I think that was just the way the booking worked out.
They have been asking weights all through this season. The regulators are trying to limit the weight in the front seat.
I've had to weigh in to almost every heli flight I've done over the years (none for heliskiing mind you), but that's been with a bunch of different operators... most recently this morning.
I missed this article with an interview with Mark several weeks later (Sep 28).
He's a tough nut. Pity he couldn't make our trip in Sept/Oct but Anna was a fantastic replacement.
@craighelo Looks like South America may win over NZ this winter...... Patagonia on the menu.
I liked the look of that also, especially with the wife and baby going to Brazil this winter but thought I better see how the leg goes here first. Also have booked a trip to Canada for 2016
He said the chopper came into a landing spot but went around again, hit the nose on a falling slope and then did endos.
Get that leg nice and strong and think about it.....
3 years after the event the report into the Mt Alta crash has now been released. No real surprises. As already mentioned they have been weighing everyone to get overall weights as well as limiting the weigh in the front seat. And the safety briefs have always advised on the use of the seat belts.
The weight was 30 kg and 3 cm out. What % variation would these be?
That is discussed in the full report (3rd link) mostly on pages 22-24. Maximum permitted weight is 2250kg.
So the weight was 1.3% over and the coroner thought that material. And it was slightly unbalanced.
Tolerances are pretty fine on choppers. I spend a little bit of time loading them with gear for work, we have to be careful af.
That said, it strikes me that the investigation seemingly didn't consult an alpine meteorologist, and the potential for "sinking air" to have played a role is downplayed. I really would have thought they'd have have talked to an expert in this field, given the pilots description of how the crash occurred. There are lots of weird things that can go on in the atmosphere just above ice/snow surfaces in complex terrain.