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IHST Global Survey Highlights Safety Strengths and Weaknesses

IHST Global Survey Highlights Safety Strengths and Weaknesses

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) has compiled data from its second annual survey of civil helicopter operators located in key regions around the world in order to gain a broader understanding of where safety initiatives are being implemented. The IHST’s worldwide regional teams have analyzed more than 1,000 helicopter accidents and have concluded that… Read more »

Source: IHST, 06-Feb-17

HUMS: Safety Alert

HUMS: Safety Alert

The recent “near miss” that occurred on a rig landing by S92A G-WNSR on December 28th 2016 is the latest in a series of major incidents that appear to have been caused by the accelerated deterioration of critical components, this time in the tail rotor bearing assembly (Air Accident Investigations Branch “AAIB” Special Bulletin S1/2017,… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-Feb-17

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First ever EASA and CAAC joint Conference

First ever EASA and CAAC joint Conference

This year for the first time, EASA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) are organising the CAAC-EASA Aviation Safety Conference. The aim of this first edition is to broaden the bilateral dialogue, by bringing together authorities and the wider European and Chinese aviation industry to discuss current issues, as well as future trends… Read more »

Source: EASA, 31-Jan-17

Aviation Safety Experts Will Gather for 2nd Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

Aviation Safety Experts Will Gather for 2nd Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

More than 50 aviation safety leaders from industry and government will gather Feb. 16-17 in Washington DC for the 2017 USHST Infrastructure Summit.  The conference, which was initially launched last year, focuses on discussions about the future of helicopter infrastructure within the realm of the low altitude environment of the National Airspace System. The Summit… Read more »

Source: USHST, 30-Jan-17

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 (G-RFUN), helicopter landed heavily and rolled onto its side, near Crowden, Glossop, Derbyshire, 5 August 2016 Robinson R44 II (G-SAIG) and Spitfire IXT (G-CCCA), contact between aircraft on the active runway, Lashenden (Headcorn) Aerodrome,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 17-Jan-17

FAA Investigation of Fuel Fed Fires

FAA Investigation of Fuel Fed Fires

The FAA has been investigating fuel systems after the Flight for Life AS-350 crash last year, where the fuel-fed fire contributed to the pilot’s death and seriously injured the flight nurse. The results show that fuel systems that abide by 1994 federal standards, could eliminate injuries caused by fires in survivable accidents. The problem is that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017 calls for papers

CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017 calls for papers

The formal call for papers is officially out for the 2017 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, focusing on the theme “Can we truly manage all of the risk: what if the barriers are not as robust as we think?” In its 12 year history, the Summit has grown to become an industry-leading aviation safety event…. Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Jan-17

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Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Follow a recent landing incident on a North Sea rig, the BBC is reporting that Sikorsky has grounded the S92 pending certain checks.  A British CHC machine, registered G-WNSR, had a problem when landing on the West Franklin helideck on 28th December, resulting in large gouges out of the helideck surface as shown in photos… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Aircraft operators and organisations involved in aviation safety will soon have access to a new method of submitting written notifications to the ATSB of aviation safety matters. This method will allow operators and organisations to report out of their own safety management systems or reporting software and directly transfer accident and incident notifications to the… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 09-Jan-17

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FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. This innovative rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry. “Aviation manufacturing… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Jan-17

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Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

The lack of implementation of the 2015 Directorate General of Civil Aviation proposal of increasing the height at which helicopters are allowed to fly over Mumbai and Navi Mumbai has helicopter pilots and operators very upset. They met on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The increase from 500 to 1000 feet was scheduled in August… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

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Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Truth Data, a cloud-based flight data monitoring company, are helping helicopter operators improve the safety, performance and efficiency of their helicopters through the use of data. A recently signed memorandum of understanding allows Truth Data to sell Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III system for improved helicopter communications and tracking, and for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 20-Dec-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 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-CDMG), loss of control during practice autorotation, Manston Airport, Kent, 25 July 2016 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), heavy landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 6 August 2016

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-16

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Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Oil firm Statoil will not resume using AS332/EC225 helicopters even if Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority decides to lift the ban imposed after a fatal crash off Bergen in Norway – reports Reuters

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-16

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Win scholarship to study safety in Dallas at HAI Heli-Expo 2017

Win scholarship to study safety in Dallas at HAI Heli-Expo 2017

The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial rating and who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices. The scholarship was founded in memory of Michelle North, a longtime industry advocate of safety, to encourage a stronger focus on safety education and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Nov-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- SA342J Gazelle (YU-HET), during a maintenance check the helicopter inadvertently became airborne and landed heavily, Stapleford Aerodrome, 6 July 2015. Robinson R44 (G-BZGO), birdstrike resulted in broken windscreen, approx 8 miles north of Manchester Barton Airport,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 21-Nov-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Bell 206B (G-OAMI), uncommanded loss in altitude resulting in autorotation and heavy landing, 3 miles WNW of Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 10 February 2016  

Source: AAIB, 21-Nov-16

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30-Oct-16 ZK-IZR Guimbal Cabri G2 Tarras, New Zealand

The helicopter hit a pole and crashed at 4.30am whilst engaged in frost control operations due to the pilot being unable to see due to the canopy fogging up. The pilot was injured.

30-Oct-16

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New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in New Zealand yesterday added two new significant items to its Watchlist of most pressing concerns. One involves Robinson helicopter and the other safety issues for pedestrians and vehicles using railway level crossings. The detail provided on Robinson helicopters is as follows:- There are around 300 Robinson helicopters registered in… Read more »

Source: TAIC, 28-Oct-16

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