FCS validates helicopter PinS procedures in Sweden, 5 hospitals and a helicopter base now accessible in adverse weather.
In the period May 17 to May 21, 2020, a tasking from Säve Flygplatsdrift AB took FCS, together with their partner REGA Swiss Air Ambulance, to Sweden. The mission was the Flight Validation of 6 new helicopter Instrument Approach Procedures to 5 hospitals and a helicopter base in southern Sweden.
These helicopter procedures are satellite-based and enable rescue helicopters to fly their safety-of-life critical missions even in adverse weather conditions. The so-called Point-in-Space (PinS) Procedure, safely guides the aircraft and crew to a “Point-in-Space” close to the intended landing site, from which the final landing can be executed visually.
For the commissioning Flight Validation of these new procedures, FCS, together with our partner REGA Swiss Air Ambulance, could apply our comprehensive expertise and longstanding experience in Flight Validation of Instrument Approach procedures and combine it with a state-of-the-art Flight Inspection System for helicopters, the HeliFIS. This set-up enables us to execute a Flight Validation of the new procedures, while also completing a comprehensive Flight Inspection of the supporting navigation systems and communication coverage at the same time.
In combining both Flight Validation and Flight Inspection, FCS can offer its customers confirmation that their safety-of-life critical procedures meet all relevant requirements for these demanding flight profiles. To that end, FCS, together with our partner REGA, were able to contribute to the safety of the Swedish Air Ambulance system.