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FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference featuring about 35 presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators.   The three-day event will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. Admission will be free. The conference will take place October 23-25, 2018, at… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Apr-18

4 Key Helicopter Technologies That Will Save Lives

4 Key Helicopter Technologies That Will Save Lives

After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has determined that the further development and wider usage of these four flight technologies will improve safety across the helicopter industry and save lives. Develop Autopilot Equipment for Light Helicopters – Current light helicopters have… Read more »

Source: USHST, 16-Mar-18

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HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

Senior offshore helicopter industry leaders met during the HAI HeliExpo show in Las Vegas last week to add momentum to their collaborative efforts to enhance safety through HeliOffshore. A meeting of the global offshore helicopter safety association’s Safety Strategy Panel on 26th February agreed to increase the degree of governance exercised by key stakeholders, with… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Mar-18

Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

ARGUS PROS, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, is pleased to announce it will host the Flight Safety Foundation BARS Auditor Accreditation Course in Denver March 19-21. The three-day course introduces participants to the elements of the Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program. The course requires a good level of knowledge and experience of aviation audits… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-Mar-18

Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit. The Summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement… Read more »

Source: USHST, 28-Feb-18

A pioneering approach to flight safety

A pioneering approach to flight safety

Led by Jon Hopkinson, the CHC Global Standards team takes a pioneering approach as they push for continuous improvement in safety in rotorcraft. In 2011, CHC Helicopter decided to maximise the benefits it could take from its global operational and safety incident reporting experience by incorporating all AOCs under a single centralised corporate flight operation… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Feb-18

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09-Jan-18 N’gokro, Ivory Coast

French military helicopter crashed at N’gokro in the Alépé region, about 60km from Abidjan.  3 POB not seriously injured

09-Jan-18

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01-Jan-18 ZS-??? Airbus AS350B3 Cathedral Peak, South Africa

Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)

01-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

22-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

The latest issue of Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine is now available, with much of the edition focusing on the theme “Safety at the Interfaces—Collaboration at Work.” This is a topic close to our hearts at HeliOffshore, and so CEO Gretchen Haskins was delighted to be one of 18 expert contributors to the feature with an article… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

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, 15-Dec-17

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Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Safety management and training company Thought Process Ltd is developing a programme to raise awareness of CAP437 standards for helicopter landing areas. The programme is intended to give offshore helicopter operations personnel a sound understanding of the design criteria for helidecks, as well as associated offshore environmental factors and helicopter performance. The HeliOffshore member company… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 11-Dec-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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11-Nov-17 N744BS Robinson R44 Page, US-Arizona

Crashed at the end of the runway

11-Nov-17

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09-Nov-17 N500DC MD Helicopters 500D York, US-Pennsylvania

Precautionary field landing, per FAA report

09-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 N138WH Hughes 500D Sulphur, US-Louisiana (2F)

Two men working on power lines from the helicopter,  and  heir safety harness failed because it had been rubbing against the power lines causing it to “snap” the release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly said.  Both men fell about 100 feet to their deaths from the helicopter – they were later named as Nicholas Gamalski,… Read more »

08-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

08-Nov-17

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07-Nov-17 N93PH Bell 206B Rolling Fork, US-Mississippi

Force landing during aerial application work.

07-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 N275AE Bell 206L3 Union City, US-Tennessee

Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry.  Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant… Read more »

07-Nov-17

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