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US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Jun-16

EASA Safety Conference focuses on technologies and business models

EASA Safety Conference focuses on technologies and business models

The 2016 European Aviation Safety Agency’s Annual Conference takes place 25 & 26 October 2016in Bratislava, Slovakia, coinciding with the country’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference focuses on the topics of future technologies and innovative business models, covering all aviation domains, including aircraft manufacturing, aircraft operations and Air Traffic Management. Among… Read more »

Source: EASA, 17-Jun-16

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FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky SK92A (G-VINL), landed on the incorrect oil rig, Golden Eagle Complex, North Sea, 22 August 2014 Bell 206B (G-RAMY), loss of control in flight and rotor/fuselage contact, near Creg-Ny-Baa public house, Isle of Man, 6… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Jun-16

FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology.  Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Jun-16

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2016-0104-E which prohibits any flights of Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 helicopters with the exception of a single flight without passengers to ferry such a helicopter to a maintenance base.  This follows earlier groundings from the national Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway and the UK, with the exception of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-16

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USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) is offering a supportive voice to recent changes made by the Federal Aviation Administration in its Practical Test Standards (PTS) for helicopter instructors.  (https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-7B.pdf) “The revision provides examiners a path to mitigate some risks associated with the Flight Instructor PTS requirements to demonstrate proficiency in the touchdown portion… Read more »

Source: USHST, 02-Jun-16

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HeliOffshore launches global online community using Jive Software

HeliOffshore launches global online community using Jive Software

Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE), today announced that HeliOffshore, the global safety association for the offshore helicopter industry, selected Jive to connect helicopter operators, global manufacturers, aviation regulators, academics and other stakeholders across the expansive rotary-wing ecosystem.HeliOffshore Space, the new Jive-powered community, helps bring the industry together to collaborate on safety initiatives that will benefit… Read more »

Source: Jive, 24-May-16

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21-May-16 C-GSHX Bell 206L4 North West Territories, Canada

A Great Slave Helicopter Bell 206L-4 (C-GSHX) rolled over when pilot exited helicopter to unhook sling load. The pilot contacted Ektaki, NT (CYOA) radio. CADORS 2016C1746

21-May-16

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Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

The mandate for Statoil’s in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoil’s work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident…. Read more »

Source: Statoil, 19-May-16

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British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.  Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the Government is planning to bring forward drone legislation in a new bill. The number of… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 19-May-16

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FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA is not… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-May-16

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FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

The FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government, industry and academia partners have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-May-16

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HeliOffshore calls for root-and-branch review of offshore safety

HeliOffshore calls for root-and-branch review of offshore safety

HeliOffshore Chief Executive Officer Gretchen Haskins, in closing remarks yesterday, described how recent helicopter tragedies had strengthened the industry’s resolve to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations. “We owe it to those who lost loved ones in Norway – and in other accidents – to do everything to continue our collaboration and deliver safety breakthroughs,”… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 16-May-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-EFON), tail rotor struck ground during lift off at Retford Gamston Airport, 25 February 2016

Source: AAIB, 12-May-16

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12-May-16 VH-WGB Robinson R22B Wallal Downs Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-WGB, 220 km NE of Port Hedland Airport, Western Australia, on 12 May 2016. While conducting aerial work, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

12-May-16

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UK and Norway extend EC225 grounding to include AS332L2

UK and Norway extend EC225 grounding to include AS332L2

Following the tragic Norwegian Super Puma helicopter accident on Friday 29 April, the UK and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities have been collaborating very closely and are united in their approach. Shortly after the accident, both organisations introduced restrictions to the Airbus EC225LP helicopter to prevent operators using it for commercial flights. Both organisations have now… Read more »

Source: CAA, 11-May-16

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HAI President’s Message – I Had No Idea

HAI President’s Message – I Had No Idea

In my travels, I hear one comment a lot: “I had no idea HAI did all that!” So I want to tell you about some — but certainly not all — of the ways HAI works for our members. HAI advocates for: The safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace and developing… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-May-16

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FAA forms bird strike working group – HAI applies to serve on it

FAA forms bird strike working group – HAI applies to serve on it

HAI has submitted its application to serve on a newly formed FAA working group to enhance helicopter bird strike protection. The FAA recently announced the formation of the working group, which will provide advice and recommendations to the aviation rulemaking advisory committee (ARAC). According to the FAA’s announcement in the Federal Register, data shows that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-May-16

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06-May-16 C-FLRQ Rotorway Exec 162F Delburne, Canada

The privately owned Rotorway 162F, C-FLRQ, was enroute from the manufacturer’s facility in Red Deer, AB (CYQF), to a private strip near Big Valley, AB. In the vicinity of Delburne, AB, the FADEC controlled engine (RI162) began to lose power, and then came back on. The pilot decided to conduct an autorotation in a field…. Read more »

06-May-16

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