Every Emergency is an Emergency: Avoid The Pitfalls of Nuisance Alarms

The start-up goes as expected. Blades are turning, we’ve completed the pre-takeoff checks, the gauges are all in the green with warning lights extinguished. We pull pitch, gently lifting the helicopter into the air, and perform our hover check. All is well and we continue the takeoff. Still climbing, we glance at the gauges and see the engine oil temperature needle moving from the green toward the red limitation line. The needle crosses into the red—the engine oil temperature is now over the limit.

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