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Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

In its investigation report (A13H0002) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a strong probability of a lack of visual cues to judge altitude led to the fatal September 2013 crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO 105 helicopter in the M’Clure Strait, Northwest Territories. On 9 September 2013,… Read more »

Source: TSB, 09-Dec-15

09-Dec-15 N4427H Robinson R44 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Accident reported on NTSB website without further details

09-Dec-15

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Register by year end for 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit discount

Register by year end for 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit discount

CHC Helicopter is offering discounts for early registration to the 12th annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit, one of the world’s premier aviation-safety conferences. Early bird registration for the 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit is open now until Dec. 31. During that period, enrolling in the April 04-06 conference costs C$1085 plus tax –… Read more »

Source: CHC, 07-Dec-15

07-Dec-15 N607BP MD Helicopters MD600N Angleton, US-Texas

During the approach, the helicopter pitched forward, and the pilot moved the cyclic aft to compensate for the forward pitch. Shortly thereafter, the helicopter rolled to the right and entered a spin to the right. The pilot then attempted to land the helicopter, but it impacted terrain and rolled onto its left side. Pilot Ed… Read more »

07-Dec-15

FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

You’ve bought that shiny new camera-equipped drone you’ve yearning for. You can’t wait to get into the sky and let loose your inner high-flying aerial photographer, right? Did you know you’re also going to become a pilot? When you fly your drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system. Under the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Dec-15

03-Dec-15 73-QL Cicare CH-7 Albens, France

Skid collapsed in heavy landing after striking wires – which the pilot had not seen due to being distracted by direct sunlight

03-Dec-15

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What is Safety Reporting System and how should it work?

What is Safety Reporting System and how should it work?

My name is Daniel Maurino, and I am what in English is called a ‘safety practitioner’. I have dedicated most of my professional life to work on issues related with the safety management systems in aviation. The topic of this presentation is the ‘reporting system’, why they are so much needed and how they should… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 02-Dec-15

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FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. U.S. and Thai aviation officials have a long-standing cooperative relationship… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 ZS-SDJ Robinson R44 II Musiva, South Africa (2F)

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries when this R44 went down in the Limpopo region of South Africa. The pair were named as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank

02-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

Apache from  101st Airborne Division crashed around 7pm on a night training flight

02-Dec-15

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01-Dec-15 Robinson R22A South Venice, US-Florida

R22 went down on a training flight from Venice Regional Airport.  Female student named here as Agnus Jolumo was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with head and facial injuries, while the male instructor Ronald Vasconcelos went by land ambulance with minor injuries to Venice Bayfront Health FAA quote this as N8560M but that R22 was… Read more »

01-Dec-15

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29-Nov-15 RA-04037 Airbus AS350B3 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (4F)

Controlled flight into terrain

29-Nov-15

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Three things pilots know about crisis management

Three things pilots know about crisis management

The day I passed the flight test and earned my private pilot’s license more than 20 years ago, I was a safe and competent aviator, but not yet a good one.See full story.

Source: Fast Company, 27-Nov-15

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CHC and Total collaborate to repel birds from offshore rigs

CHC and Total collaborate to repel birds from offshore rigs

Offshore installations provide birds with a perfect landing spot. However, their presence is a globally recognized problem because, if left undisturbed, guano build up can reduce the safety of helidecks. To address this, Bird Control Group, CHC Helicopter and Total E&P Nederland (a subsidiary of the French energy company Total) collaborated to develop and install… Read more »

Source: Bird Control Group, 26-Nov-15

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AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), in cooperation with helicopter manufacturers Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter, announces its commitment to the installation of Crash Resistant Fuel Systems (CRFS) in all new aircraft and equipping current aircraft with CRFS as those products become available. Our members are proud to partner with Bell Helicopter and Airbus on this… Read more »

Source: AMOA, 26-Nov-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 25-Nov-15

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FAA warns users of noise-cancelling headsets

FAA warns users of noise-cancelling headsets

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises general aviation pilots and operators of concerns with the use of noise cancelling headsets. In many cases, pilots are using the noise cancelling headsets as supplementary equipment during operations. When wearing these headsets, the pilot may be unaware of environmental sounds and audible warning annunciations in the cockpit… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 N355RH Airbus AS350BA Las Charcas, Dominican Republic

As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic

24-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 VT-ELJ Airbus AS365N2 Meluri, India

Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.

24-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 VT-JKB Airbus AS350B3 Katra, India (7F)

A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire.  The helicopter was  ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple.  The seven fatalities were named as  pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh,… Read more »

23-Nov-15

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