Why you should be wearing one
"Well worth every cent. I picked up a second hand one last year for my microlight. Not looking back! Best helmet ever! Very comfy!" - Ryno Albrecht
Everyone knows that a good flight helmet can prevent a fatality. Not only that, but it can prevent the loss of a medical certificate following a blow to the head due to turbulence, a bad landing or a minor accident.
"A helmet reduces the effects of noise fatigue and increases the chances of survival in any crash situation." (NOSA data)
A study conducted as early as 1991 examining severe but survivable accidents between 1972 and 1978 in the US Army found the risk of fatal head injury to be a massive 6.3 times greater for those not wearing helmets.
"Surprisingly, there are still helicopter companies/units that do not require helmets or they employ crew members that do not want to use them. Fortunately this is not the norm and hopefully in time professionalism will mature their perspectives. One needs to consider proper fit and characteristics for both short-term health such as survivability and shock absorption, and long-term health for hearing loss mitigation, and neck and back myalgia mitigation. Two of the three aspects, short-term health and hearing loss mitigation, are provided by the helmet. Commonly the only characteristics of a helmet that are examined are the short-term health aspects of the helmet. This is certainly the most impressive aspect, and is supported in a study by Taneja and Wiegmann (2003). They “analyzed patterns of injuries sustained by pilots involved in fatal helicopter accidents from 1993 to 1999 by reviewing the FAA’s autopsy database.” This database included all helicopter accidents, including HEMS, tourism and public safety. A couple of very impressive details to come from this; 1. skull fractures were the second most common result experienced from blunt force trauma at 51% of the cases, and 2. the brain was the most common significant (62%) of the organ/visceral traumas. By examining the patterns, it is safe to say that those not wearing helmets experienced the most significant head trauma." (www.ihst.org/portals/54/Helmets.pdf )
So why do so few pilots wear them? Probably because of the cost and the inconvenience of troublesome audios. With a Praetor, there's simply no excuse!
"Now that is one super helmet!" - John Boucher