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Extremely Low Visibility IFR Rotorcraft Approach (ELVIRA) Operational Concept Development. Volume 1
ADVANCED AVIATION CONCEPTS INC JUPITER FL
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The ELVIRA workshop was the second since 1987 to address the enhancement of safety and reliability of helicopter operations by improving the attractiveness of IFR operations in lieu of special VFR operations. The 1993 workshop was the next logical step in the FAAs Vertical Flight research and development program since significant, relevant analyses, simulation and night test work has been accomplished in the past six years. The workshop was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 24-26, 1993. The participants were a select group of 59 industry and government experts in each of their individual disciplines. The group was charged with the task of defining an ELVIRA operational concept in the areas of operational needs, infrastructure requirements, procedural changes, technology requirements, flight tests, and public benefits. These experts were asked explicitly to address affordable and practical near term solutions to issues previously identified through their experience. The deliberations at the workshop resulted in the identification near term needs of the operator types who would use ELVIRA, activity regions, safety factors and operational improvements.
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