How many times do you hear someone saying ‘I wouldn’t fly in a helicopter; much too dangerous.’ Well how dangerous? And compared to what? The following chart shows the FAFR – the fatal accident frequency expressed per 100 million hours of exposure to an activity.

Staying at home                 2

Canoeing                        400

Motorcycling                   800

R22 Helicopter                950

Swimming                   1,300

Gliding                        2,900

Rock Climbing             4,000

Autogyro                    13,000

Boxing                        20,000

Horse Riding               28,000

Horse riding is seven times more risky than Rock Climbing! And motorcycling is is for wimps – compared with flying an autogyro that is. But you could die of boredom sitting at home.


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