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Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro today called the launch of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) “a major step forward in bringing together the appropriate stakeholders to assist the Department of Transportation and FAA in developing and implementing this exciting new aviation technology.” Named as a DAC member in an Aug. 31 announcement,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Sep-16

FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate will host its second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, building on the success of last year’s conference. The conference’s goal is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate. The free event will be held October 25-27 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The target audience is rotorcraft pilots, mechanics,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Sep-16

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IHST seeks feedback on its impact and success

IHST seeks feedback on its impact and success

International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is looking for some assistance in circulating a survey they are conducting. It is a short 8-question online survey for which IHST is attempting to assess their impact and success in the helicopter industry.  Please complete this quick survey to help them.  Many thanks Link to Survey:  http://ihst.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2593    

Source: IHST, 05-Sep-16

Era names new Director of Safety and Compliance

Era names new Director of Safety and Compliance

Era Group, has announced that David Zaworski has been appointed Director of Safety and Compliance.  With over seventeen years of experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Zaworski rejoins Era to oversee the company’s commitment to maintain the highest safety standards. Era’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Bradshaw says, “David brings a wealth of industry… Read more »

Source: Era, 02-Sep-16

Collaboration for Safety Wins Award

Collaboration for Safety Wins Award

We are thrilled to share that the global collaboration of HeliOffshore members was recognised yesterday at an award ceremony in Aberdeen. Russ Gould from Bristow Group and Malcolm Garrington from CHC Helicopter took the ‘Sharing & Learning’ award for the Health & Usage Monitoring System Best Practice Guidance. They accepted the award on behalf of… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 24-Aug-16

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 19-Aug-16

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HAI meets USHST to discuss fatal accident data

HAI meets USHST to discuss fatal accident data

HAI Chief Operating Officer Edward F. DiCampli met with the the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Executive Committee and more than 50 other team members in Denver July 10-11. The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has an impressive cross-section of industry professionals from the government, helicopter operators, educators, manufacturers, and associations dedicated to improving safety. The highlight… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Aug-16

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EASA strengthens medical requirements for pilots

EASA strengthens medical requirements for pilots

EASA published a set of proposals to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. These rules are contained in so-called Part-MED, which covers aviation safety rules related to the medical aspect and fitness of aircrews. Released in… Read more »

Source: EASA, 16-Aug-16

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FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The FAA first assessed Indonesia’s civil aviation authority in September 1997 and found it in compliance with ICAO standards and then lowered the rating from… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Aug-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

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, 14-Aug-16

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Three helicopter incidents lead British Gliding Association to issue winch wire alert

Three helicopter incidents lead British Gliding Association to issue winch wire alert

Following a number of recent incidents that have compromised safety when aircraft over-flying glider sites have come into close proximity with winch-launching gliders, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) and the British Gliding Association (BGA) seek to remind pilots about the dangers of over-flying gliding sites, especially as the summer months mean much greater gliding activity… Read more »

Source: BGA, 10-Aug-16

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EASA sets dates for 10th Rotorcraft Symposium

EASA sets dates for 10th Rotorcraft Symposium

The 10th EASA Rotorcraft Symposium will be held on 6-7 December at the new European Aviation Safety Agency’s Headquarters in Cologne, Germany. The forum will include speakers from Authorities, Industry, Operators and researchers. EASA have indicated that if you want to be part of the European forum for the rotary wing community, you should fill… Read more »

Source: EASA, 10-Aug-16

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HAI President’s Message: Put Down the Damn Wrench

HAI President’s Message: Put Down the Damn Wrench

Recently I was briefing the HAI Safety Committee on HAI’s Land & LIVE program, also known as our Land the Damn Helicopter initiative. As most of you know, the program promotes a pilot’s responsibility to make a precautionary landing when the flight is not going well. This could be because of deteriorating weather, aircraft systems… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Aug-16

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US Helicopter Safety Team to take part in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

US Helicopter Safety Team to take part in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be participating on Oct. 25-27 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Fort Worth, TX.  The free conference (www.faahelisafety.org) gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad. USHST… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Aug-16

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FAA Administrator Talks Safety and Innovation at AirVenture

FAA Administrator Talks Safety and Innovation at AirVenture

Speaking before a diverse general aviation audience at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta underscored the importance of government and industry collaboration and highlighted a number of initiatives that are making general aviation safer and more efficient. “The passion that drives pilots to fly here, year after year, is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 31-Jul-16

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Baltimore County PD safety record recognized by Airbus

Baltimore County PD safety record recognized by Airbus

Baltimore County (Md.) Police Department’s Aviation Team began operations in 1983 with a small Cessna aircraft that it leased for $1 a year. Today, the elite team responds to some 5,000 calls a year using its fleet of three Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the most widely purchased helicopter by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Airbus Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jul-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

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, 21-Jul-16

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Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise is the first helicopter company to provide air tours, charters and inter-island transits to the Ko Olina area, home of the Four Seasons Resort Oahu and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, via the Kalaeloa Airport, a short shuttle ride away. The 90-minute tour, which is the only flight to take guests on a… Read more »

Source: Paradise, 20-Jul-16

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Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

The latest smartphone game craze Pokémon Go has raised safety concerns at some hospital helipads – but is it justified?  The game, which sees users chasing game characters in real life, is a clever mix between a game and a smartphone real-life mapping application. The Pokémon characters show up seemingly at random, encouraging users to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-16

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SESAR calls for project to integrate drones into civil airspace

SESAR calls for project to integrate drones into civil airspace

The SESAR Joint Undertaking has launched a call for exploratory research projects on the integration of drones into civil airspace within the framework of the SESAR 2020 research and innovation programme. Specifically, the call aims to stimulate initial solutions for drone traffic management, supporting the sharing of airspace between manned and unmanned systems. A total… Read more »

Source: SESAR, 13-Jul-16

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