As pilot in command, you are responsible for maintaining the safety of you, your passengers and crew, your aircraft, and people on the ground. Making a precautionary landing in the face of deteriorating conditions is the safe, professional thing to do. Aviation regulators have already given you authority to do so.
Tale of 6 Accidents
Short of a catastrophic mechanical failure, a precautionary landing breaks virtually every accident chain. Here are some other examples of accidents that may have been prevented if only the pilot had chosen to make a precautionary landings.
Land & LIVE means paying attention to what your aircraft is telling you, evaluating the information, and constantly reconfirming the wisdom of continuing the flight. You do not want to let your helicopter decide suddenly for you that it’s time to land. You do not want to become a passenger in your own aircraft.
Listen to what an NTSB investigator who has seen too many mechanical-issue accidents has to say (the video shows fixed-wing aircraft but applies to rotary-wing as well):
Land & LIVE Action Items
Once you have decided to make a precautionary landing, what’s next? Here is some guidance from HAI’s Operations Department on making a successful precautionary landing.
Take the Pledge
Ready to commit to Land & LIVE? Pledge to consider — and if you deem it necessary, make — a precautionary landing when changes in flight conditions raise concerns.