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Mar 11, 2020

Report Looks at Pilots’ Experience and Time Flying on UH-1H Aircraft

Other points raised in the report include the issue of the pilots’ time flying the aircraft for narco-trafficking operations. The report recommended that there be a separation of the classification of the pilots in two wings; fixed wing and rotating wing. It also noted that initial training as a pilot in command must be based on international standards with a minimum of one hundred and twenty hours of training on the aircraft.  The report says that Major Adran Ramirez had a total of one hundred and thirty flying hours on the UH-1H helicopter. Baizar, on the other hand, had a total of three hundred and twenty-five hours. The findings also show that both pilots have received a total of thirty hours of transition training in the UH-1H helicopter. The report also made a number of recommendations based on the findings and investigation. It stated that no night rotary wing operations should be carried out in places where there are no radio navigation aids. It also recommended that the use of night vision goggles be made available especially in places where no radio aids exist.  It is recommended that no night flights be made in low altitude over the sea or lagoon because the flight in those conditions produces visual illusions. Another recommendation is for a person in charge of the dispatch pg the aircraft to be aware of its return because survivors could have died due to the length of time it took to activate search and rescue. In this case, it was almost thirty hours later.

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