Krutch Lindell is unique in that one of its attorneys is an FAA-certificated helicopter pilot. In general, helicopters are mechanically and aerodynamically more complicated than airplanes. Helicopter flying involves unique hazards, including Vortex Ring State (VRS), Retreating Blade Stall, Ground Resonance, Dynamic Rollover, Mast Bumping, Rotor Stall, and Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness (LTE), among other considerations. Helicopter accident cases also often involve crashworthiness issues.
There are special Federal Aviation Regulations which apply to helicopters that are different from airplanes. For example, helicopters are allowed to operate in Visual Flight Rules (VFR) weather conditions that would be illegal for a similarly situated airplane. Helicopters are also often operated close to the ground and are utilized extensively in emergencies. The result is that helicopters have a higher accident rate than fixed-wing aircraft. Attorneys at Krutch Lindell have extensive experience litigating helicopter accident cases, including those involving pilot error, mechanical failure, improper maintenance, and inadequate operational control.