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North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

A month ago was the official opening of the new North-West Regional Hospital’s helipad, but it has still not been used. Helicopters are still having to land at Burnie High School and have their patients transported by ground ambulances. Questions have been raised over the issue, such as why have an opening if it isn’t… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

Australia certifies Bell 505

Australia certifies Bell 505

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 02-Mar-17

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Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital will soon begin construction of the overhaul of their helipad so that it can handle the new larger capacity helicopters. The new helicopters that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will implement in 2018 will weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. The WA Government has gathered $7 million for the new helipad, reports ABC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

Australia approves Bell Singapore Service Center for 412 work

Australia approves Bell Singapore Service Center for 412 work

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its Singapore Service Center has received approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia, to perform maintenance and customization on all Bell 412 models that are registered for operations in Australia. These operators can now take delivery of, and maintain their Bell helicopters… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jul-15

EHEST publishes Helicopter Instructor Guide (free download)

EHEST publishes Helicopter Instructor Guide (free download)

One if the important ingredients for flight safety is a properly resourced training sector. Some of those resources can be quite fundamental. For example, an important contribution to training is for flight instructors to have available to them a basic guide to flying training. In response to this need, EHEST contacted the Australian Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jul-15

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on US and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems. See Full Story

Source: Australian Flying, 22-Jun-15

Helicopter mustering safety breakthrough in Australia

Helicopter mustering safety breakthrough in Australia

A breakthrough on Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules affecting aerial mustering has been greeted with relief in rural Queensland. See Full Story

Source: Queensland County Life, 05-Jun-15

Airwork Helicopters obtain STC for Bell 206 composite tail blades

Airwork Helicopters obtain STC for Bell 206 composite tail blades

Highly respected Queensland helicopter operator Airwork Helicopters announces that after 4 years of development and certification it has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Australian Parts Manufacturing Approval (APMA) from CASA to manufacture advanced composite tail rotor blades for Bell 206 helicopters. Airwork founder and CEO Myles Tomkins said his factory at Caboolture Airport… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 22-May-15

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Winning Student Team to be Awarded a Video Borescope at Aerospace Maintenance Competition

Winning Student Team to be Awarded a Video Borescope at Aerospace Maintenance Competition

The 2015 MRO Americas, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL on April14-16, will host the Annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC). AMC is a skill-based competition where teams of certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft/spacecraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either… Read more »

Source: RF System Lab, 24-Mar-15

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Precision Aviation Group Obtains Part 145 CASA & EASA Approval in Australia

Precision Aviation Group Obtains Part 145 CASA & EASA Approval in Australia

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry announced today that the company has obtained Part 145 approval from the Civil Aviation Service Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Australia after working closely with officials for the past 12 months…. Read more »

Source: PAG, 18-Mar-15

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Precision Aviation Group Obtains Part 145 CASA & EASA Approval in Australia

Precision Aviation Group Obtains Part 145 CASA & EASA Approval in Australia

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry announced today that the company has obtained Part 145 approval from the Civil Aviation Service Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Australia after working closely with officials for the past 12 months…. Read more »

Source: PAG, 02-Mar-15

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Broome Helicopter Services reaches confidential deal with Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Broome Helicopter Services reaches confidential deal with Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Last year, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cancelled Broome Helicopter Services’ air operator’s certificate, as well as the appointment of Joseph Calandra as chief pilot, saying the company had not made acceptable changes in response to safety concerns about record keeping, pilot training and aircraft maintenance. See Full Story

Source: ABC, 06-Feb-15

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Australia removes flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44

Australia removes flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44

We repost in full the following advice from Australian regulator CASA Changes have been made to the flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44 helicopters, to make it easier for pilots operating these aircraft. New legislative instruments were registered on 5 January, with the following changes now in effect. The R22 and R44 are now… Read more »

Source: CASA, 28-Jan-15

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Second Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

Second Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

CAE today announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted into service the second MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in Queensland. CAE also announced the MRH90 FFMS has been certified by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Airworthiness Authority to Level D under the Australian Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Nov-14

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Thales and CareFlight to deliver Australian civil aviation training first

Thales and CareFlight to deliver Australian civil aviation training first

Thales Australia and CareFlight Group (Qld) are set to launch Australia’s first AW139 civil helicopter training centre. Thanks to this partnership, the nation’s helicopter operators will benefit from world class full flight simulation training, tailored specifically to their air crew requirements. At the forefront of innovation in helicopter flight training, Thales’s Reality H Full Flight… Read more »

Source: Thales, 03-Nov-14

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Australia gets new Director of Aviation Safety

Australia gets new Director of Aviation Safety

Mr Mark Skidmore AM has been appointed as the new Director of Aviation Safety at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The chairman of CASA’s Board Dr Allan Hawke AC announced the five year appointment today. Mr Skidmore has more than 30 years experience in both civilian and military aviation. “Mark Skidmore brings a wealth… Read more »

Source: CASA, 31-Oct-14

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AHIA queries Australian accident rates and latest FAA data

AHIA queries Australian accident rates and latest FAA data

A recent NTSB report shows a US civilian accident rate of only 3.94 accidents per 100,000 hours. (A very good result). By comparison, the ATSB Transport Safety Report of October 2013 states our rate is10.8 accidents per 100,000 hours. Put simply, the FAA operators have an accident rate that is 2.74 times less than our CASA rotorcraft industry. The AHIA… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 17-Sep-14

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Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Richard Morington-Sanford visited CASA at oen fo their aviation training centres at Brisbane International Airport in Australia in the period 4th to 8th August 2014.  Richard conducted theoretical and practical type training on the Robinson R22 and R44 for 19 of CASA’s maitenance field inspectors responsible for the continuing airworthiness maintenance standards throughout Australia. www.morningtonsanfordaviation.com… Read more »

Source: Morington Sanford Aviation, 13-Aug-14

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CASA says helicopter association’s claims are wide of the mark

CASA says helicopter association’s claims are wide of the mark

Many of the claims made by the association were wide of the mark and do not reflect the close consultation CASA has been undertaking with the broader helicopter community, including association representatives.  See full story

Source: The Australian, 08-Aug-14

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Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

This NPRM is issued by CASA with a view to ensuring that Australian aviation safety requirements are current and appropriately address safety risks. CASA’s policies require that the aviation safety regulations must: be necessary to address known or likely safety risks provide for the most efficient allocation of Industry and CASA resources be clear and… Read more »

Source: CASA, 08-May-14

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Australia simplifies flying training rules

Australia simplifies flying training rules

The new regulations covering a large number of flying training organisations are being simplified. This follows a review by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. The simplification of the rules and requirements will cut red tape and reduce costs for about 300 flying training schools across Australia…. Read more »

Source: CASA, 03-Apr-14

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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

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Australia – AHIA and CASA form closer ties to expedite regulatory reviews

Australia – AHIA and CASA form closer ties to expedite regulatory reviews

History was made on the evening of Mon 9 Sep ’13, when the AHIA and CASA took part in the first teleconference to formalise the establishment of a CASA Liaison Officer to work with the various AHIA working groups now undertaking a detailed review of a range of new CASRs and associated standards. Peter Crook,… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 10-Sep-13

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Australia grounds R44s without bladder tanks

Australia grounds R44s without bladder tanks

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued an order grounding all Robinson R44 helicopters that have not undergone a recently ordered safety upgrade. (See Full Story)

Source: Sky News, 07-May-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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North Australian Helicopters owner trying to block CASA safety investigation

North Australian Helicopters owner trying to block CASA safety investigation

Milton Jones is going to the High Court to block air safety investigators from viewing uncut footage allegedly showing him piloting a helicopter after drinking alcohol, leaving children at an aircraft’s controls and unlawfully taking crocodile eggs from their nests. (see full story)

Source: The Australian, 12-Jan-12

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Australia to review civilian UAV regulations

Australia to review civilian UAV regulations

Extract from the CASA Director of Aviation Safety’s monthly briefing:- The unmanned aircraft systems sector is to get better regulatory support. CASA has set up a project to review the rules currently covering unmanned aircraft systems and to develop a package of new guidance material. Six advisory circulars will be published to guide both the… Read more »

Source: CASA, 29-Nov-11

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CASA investigates TV star owner of North Australian Helicopters

CASA investigates TV star owner of North Australian Helicopters

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority is probing complaints claiming he broke a multitude of safety rules during filming of Network Ten’s 15-episode program – including using a helicopter to pull a skier along the water

Source: The Australian, 12-Mar-11

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R66 achieves Australian certification

R66 achieves Australian certification

Heliflite, Australasia’s longest serving authorised Robinson distributor is pleased to announce that the region’s first R66 Turbine helicopter has received formal CASA certification for first of type. The base yellow with slate grey trim coloured R66 Turbine helicopter is now ready to make its inaugural trip to Avalon Airport to be part of Heliflite’s Australian… Read more »

27-Feb-11

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CASA targets helicopter safety

CASA targets helicopter safety

Australia’s helicopter industry will be subject to an increased level of safety surveillance by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Source: Aviation Business, 30-Sep-10

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