Nope, not at all just about HEC. The company that I work for does powerline work but doesn't do HEC. I was just trying to give an example that was relevant and current. No underlying motive from me, started with an honest question.
Safety is high on my list of priorities, that's why after 30yrs I haven't bent any metal or hurt anybody, hopefully that reputation lasts another 10 or more years until I'm done.
I'm all for the FAA from protecting other people from me, my frustration usually comes from the regulators trying so hard to protect me from me, I'm capable of making my own decisions.
You seem to not be a happy person, that's too bad. I actually have been thinking about why it is I find work not as enjoyable, maybe it's just part of aging but I also think it is about shifting priorities in the industry. I think doing work that benefits society as a whole is enjoyable and I chose to work in an industry that has inherrent risk because I enjoy a adventurous life. Others have other reasons to be in the helicopter industry, don't be so quick to try to take me down just because my perspective is different than yours and I'm interested in what other people think. One of the nice things about an anonymous forum is that we can discuss what we think even if it is anathama to the corporate risk managers.