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  • Political watcher
    July 20, 2011 - 17:40

    Well, last time I checked this is Canada; Transport Canada passes laws indicating that this dry0run feature must be on all copters operating in Canada. I am sure that it won' be long before the industry follows.

  • P F Murphy
    July 20, 2011 - 08:08

    The current economic situation in the US was caused by their rush to deregulation of banks and financial institutions causing the sub-prime crisis and flooding market with derivatives that were basically worthless but rated as triple A by the rating agencies. Now we have the FAA who knew the helicopter transmission wouldn't run for 30 minutes OKing it because the possibility was extremely remote. It is now quite apparent that the possibility was not remote and there are 17 dead people. It seems to me that the FAA bears direct responsibility for those deaths having given approval of 30 minutes flight time that the pilots relied on and that was not true. It seems to me that the regulations of the US are not to be trusted and should not form the basis nor any part of any regulatory system. It seems to me that, based on the collapse of the world financial system and our 17 deaths, the American system is run, not by and for their people, but for the corporations and by their electorally-funded lackeys in their White House, House and Senate. Given this contagion from the US laws and regulations, I hope the TSB stands strong in protecting Canadians in their ordinary lives and workers as they do their part to keep our country strong and free.

  • Offshore Worker
    July 20, 2011 - 07:18

    As an offshore worker I felt the pain along with my co-workers for the loss of our friends and colleagues on Flight 491. My ongoing sympathies to the families of all those who lost their lives. Regarding the 30-minute run-dry capability...the issue with Flight 491 was that the pilots were inaccurately told that they had this 30 minutes once they received a loss of oil pressure indicator. Now that they know they only have about 10 minutes I feel "comfortable" that if the same event does happen the pilots will not try to head ashore but will try to perform a controlled landing on the water. SInce our flights offshore can be anywhere from an hour and a half to over two hours, this sought after full 30-minute run-dry capability, is only really beneficial if you are close to shore or close to a platform. For much of the flight this is not the case. I will continue to trust the professionalism of the Cougar maintenance teams and pilots in ensuring all the right decisions are made before deciding to fly and or put the helicopter down on the water in an emergency.

    • Bells
      July 20, 2011 - 22:20

      OFFSHORE WORKER - I honor your trust in the Cougar Maintenance teams and pilots to ensure all the right decisions are made before deciding to fly and or put the helicopter down on the water in an emergency...however, the evidence bears down on us every single day that there was an error made and we know it is possible now for manufacturers to make a gearbox that has 30-minute run-dry capability so why wouldnt we call upon the manufacturers to provide this for your co-workers that do not have the confidence in Cougar as you do. These families must endure the stress and worry every single time they say goodbye to their loved ones wondering if they will ever see them again or bear the heartache those 17 families did on March 12, 2009. I do agree that the issue was incorrect information given to the pilots however it was FROM THE MANUFACTURER, iam not sure how you can put your trust in these machines knowing maybe just maybe GOD FORBID something else may be missing.