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Wirestrike warning for pilots

Wirestrike warning for pilots

A recent accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter highlights the ongoing dangers wirestrikes pose to pilots flying at low levels in a high workload environment. On 18 December 2016, the pilot was flying a Bell 206 helicopter from Bathurst to Wagga Wagga, NSW for maintenance, in wet and cloudy weather conditions. While flying at low… Read more »

Source: ATBS, 16-Jan-17

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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ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Government has reappointed Mr Noel Hart as a Commissioner with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced the two-year extension of Mr Hart’s term today, effective from 1 July 2015. “Mr Hart’s extensive maritime and resource industry operations experience, along with… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 02-Jul-15

Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Aerial work and private flights were permitted under the visual flight rules in dark night conditions, which are effectively the same as instrument meteorological conditions, but without sufficient requirements for proficiency checks and recent experience to enable flight solely by reference to the flight instruments. Response to safety issue by: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Nov-13

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

A helicopter accident at Horn Island has shown the challenges that can accompany night operations, as well as the speed with which things can suddenly go wrong. The accident occurred on 13 June 2013. At about 7.24 pm, a Bell 412 helicopter departed Horn Island, Queensland on a training flight to Prince of Wales Island… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 03-Oct-13

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Robinson R44 helicopters that have not been fitted with upgraded fuel tanks face being grounded from 30 April 2013. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a direction to all affected R44 helicopter operators about the installation of flexible fuel tanks to reduce the risk of post-accident fires. CASA has made it clear that R44… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 05-Apr-13

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

The Australian investigation authority ATSB has issued their final report on the fatal R22 accident on 3rd October last year which occurred 130 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia. The summary is a blunt reminder of issues with confined areas, light levels etc What happened On 3 October 2012 the pilots of two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-13

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) welcomed the reappointment of Ms Carolyn Walsh as a member of the ATSB Commission. Ms Walsh’s appointment by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Anthony Albanese will commence on 8 March 2013 and will run for a further three years. Ms Walsh has a wealth of experience… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Feb-13

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Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

ATSB summary of the accident follows:- What happened On 3 September 2011, the pilot and one crewman of a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 helicopter, registered VH-HCA (HCA), departed an airstrip located near Kumarina roadhouse, approximately 150 km south of Newman, Western Australia. The crew were conducting low-level geophysical survey operations when the pilot was observed… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 27-Jan-13

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Australia – Follow the ATSB on Twitter

Australia – Follow the ATSB on Twitter

You can now get the latest ATSB news and updates via our Twitter account:[email protected] We will use Twitter to tell you about a range of activities and initiatives, including: new and updated investigations investigation and research report releases new safety awareness products. Some things to keep in mind The ATSB will not guarantee responding to… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 04-Jan-13

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ATSB warns of the risks surrounding practice autorotations

ATSB warns of the risks surrounding practice autorotations

As a result of the ATSB investigation and in order to reduce the level of risk associated with emergency training, a helicopter operator is investigating amendments to their company operations manual. One amendment being investigated by the operator is the requirement for at least 10 kts of wind in the runway direction for the performance… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 15-Nov-12

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Watch out for wires, says ATSB

Watch out for wires, says ATSB

The ATSB’s investigation into a wirestrike accident highlights the importance of a proper reconnaissance when flying in a wire environment and remaining focused only on operational tasks. On 12 June 2012, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 Raven 1 helicopter departed Moorabbin Airport, Victoria with one person on board to conduct a private flight to a… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 13-Nov-12

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FAA AO-2011-016-SAN-001 – Robinson R44

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Source: FAA, 14-Sep-11

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Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

Vanuatu asks Australia to investigate fatal H500D accident

Incident referred to is in HeliHub.com accident data at 28-Aug-11 YJ-HEL Hughes 369D South Malakula, Vanuatu (1F) On 29 August 2011, the ATSB was notified by the Vanuatu Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of an accident that occurred on the island of Maleluka, Vanuatu on 26 August 2011 and involved Hughes 369D helicopter, registered YJ-HEL. It… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 01-Sep-11

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ATSB joins Twitter

ATSB joins Twitter

You can now get the latest ATSB news and updates via our Twitter account:[email protected] We will use Twitter to tell you about a range of activities and initiatives, including: new and updated investigations investigation and research report releases new safety awareness products. Some things to keep in mind The ATSB will not guarantee responding to… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 25-Jul-11

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ATSB warns R22 pilots: ‘Know your aircraft’s limits’

ATSB warns R22 pilots: ‘Know your aircraft’s limits’

Robinson R22 helicopter pilots are being cautioned of a drive belt risk following a fatal accident in north-west Queensland. On 9 May 2011, a Robinson R22 Beta II helicopter crashed after its drive belts failed during mustering operations near Julia Creek (the drive belts transmit engine power to the helicopter’s main and tail rotor blades)…. Read more »

Source: ATSB, 25-Jul-11

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Detached bolt cited in Australian fatal R44 investigation

Detached bolt cited in Australian fatal R44 investigation

On 4 February 2011, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 Astro helicopter (R44), registered VH‑HFH, was conducting circuit operations at Cessnock Aerodrome, New South Wales. On board the helicopter were an instructor, a pilot undergoing a helicopter flight review and a passenger. Following the completion of a sequence involving the simulated failure of the helicopter’s hydraulic‑boost… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 18-Mar-11

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