Our business, and that of our customers, is often conducted in adverse weather conditions in extremely remote areas. These factors, combined with the inherent nature of aviation, are why safe flight operations are our highest priority and top commitment to our customers and employees. The safety performance of our operation is continually monitored, proactively and reactively, to ensure that our key safety goals continue to be achieved. Some key elements of this monitoring program include internal and external audits, flight checks, and quality assurance reviews. We ensure that each and every Pathfinder Aviation employee is trained and competent to perform their duties and that every employee is responsible for safety within the scope of their job description. This includes operations and maintenance personnel, but extends also to our team members in non-technical areas.
Training and Maintenance
The experience of our pilots and the exacting detail of our maintenance department are key factors in the success of our safety program. All of our pilots and mechanics are sent annually through rigorous training on the specific type of helicopter they will be operating. Our incorporation of proactive factory training with the aircraft manufacturer and the Federal Aviation Administration insures our ability to uphold this high level of expectation and safety. Our pilots average more than 9000 hours of flight time, all with extensive experience flying in Alaska’s unique environment. The mechanics maintaining our equipment all have many years of hands-on experience as well as factory training.