Helmets and Risk Management for trikes

Published by: Paul Hamilton on 11th May 2018 | View all blogs by Paul Hamilton

From my  camera test around the pattern someone asked about flying without the helmet and here is my response:

THAT IS WHAT MY WIFE SAID.

True.....

 

Lets look at this from the 30,000 foot level....... Expand our viewpoint/horizons.........It is pretty funny that other pilots at the airport accuse me and all trike pilots "unsafe" for flying a trike or for that matter a light sport airplane. Others outside the airport gates accuse the all recreational pilots for being unsafe for flying in the first place. We have enough accidents at the airport that are big media events so I can understand the non pilots viewpoint. Why would people fly around when there are so many unnecessary accidents? Why - Passion for flying.............. Living life to the fullest.


This wearing a helmet is a good question/topic about life and flying in general, especially since many have learned to always wear one, that is great. I learned the same way..........

I teach risk management and hopefully as most of us are thought, "proactively identify safety related hazards and mitigate the associated risks". Want to minimize risks, - simply DO NOT FLY. Simple. You have determined the risk for your self and this may very well be your best decision. Similarly, if you are thinking about riding a motorcycle and want to minimize risk, DO NO GO RIDING, sell your motorcycle. I say this because within the last year I bought a motorcycle and LOVE to ride it. My wife Loretta LOVES to ride with me. We both accept the risk but we do it anyway. Yes we both wear fluorescent green helmets and have the full visibility helmets and jackets so we can be seen better. I feel motorcycle riding it is more risky than driving a car AND flying but I do it any way because I LOVE it.

LIFE IS A RISK, it is how you weight the risk verses the rewards. Almost no one wears a helmet in an airplane or a car. I wonder why that is? It would be much safer if we/they all did. Perhaps someday everyone will be wearing a helmet in a car and/or an airplane.........

Typically I wear a helmet flying a trike 95% of the time. The noise canceling of the headphones and the mike noise is better and overall less fatiguing in the open air......... I do not wear a helmet while flying the water trike. The water trike "people/CFI's" advise this. Hopefully everyone will exercise the wisdom to asses the risks in their life.

Big hint for all, DO NOT DO EVERYTHING OR BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET...Use common sense. Determine your own risk management......

So why did I not wear a helmet in this video, BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO. I wanted the feeling of the wind in my hair and I cherish that feeling/freedom.

Comments

2 Comments

  • Paul Hamilton
    by Paul Hamilton 12 days ago
    Yes I should add, Fast trikes verses slow trikes, calm air verses bumpy, two stroke verses four stroke, transition training verses not, etc......
  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 8 days ago
    Same here, Paul. When I know my landings are going to be on the water you'll find me sans helmet; usually just sporting my headset and perhaps my leather flying helmet but that just makes me look cool :) (or so I think anyway).

    I sold my bike years ago. I had too many close calls with texting drivers and didn't want to take that risk anymore. I picked up a small convertible car and haven't looked back since. The driving sensation is nearly the same but a little more comfortable for these old bones
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