— One of the challenges of flying modestly equipped helicopters is when circumstances warrant that pilots had to fly night visual flight rules or Night VFR which are the rules under which flight are primarily by visual reference done at night. The problem is further aggravated when the helicopter had to land in a modestly equipped facility with a busted landing light or the pilot is disoriented that he doubts his visual references because it is worsened by limited illumination. How can ground controllers innovate their modest resources to help pilots know wind direction and glide slope especially at night? This paper attempts to find simple and inexpensive solutions to help pilots make flying as safe as possible especially during unforeseen circumstances.
— Helicopter safety, night VFR, precision approach path indicator, systematic innovation.
Song-Kyoo Kim is with Asian Institute of Management, 123 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City 1260, Philippines (tel: +632-892-4011; e-mail: SKim@aim.edu).
Cite: George A. dela Cruz and Song-Kyoo Kim, " Enhanced Helipad Design for Safety Redundancy by Using Systematic Innovations," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 238-241, 2013.