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DynCorp to pursue legal recourse after GAO denies protest of contract awarded to AAR

DynCorp to pursue legal recourse after GAO denies protest of contract awarded to AAR

DynCorp International (DI) is disappointed that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied its protest of a Department of State (DOS) award of the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) contract to AAR Airlift Group (AAR). DI will immediately pursue legal recourse before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Additionally, two separate but related proceedings continue…. Read more »

Source: DynCorp International, 09-Jan-17

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

Former Finmeccanica CEO, Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and former AgustaWestland Chief, Bruno Spagnolini were arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices and were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court. A retrial has been ordered by Italy’s top court as the two executives launched an appeal. The retrial causes serious implications… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Air Chief Marshal S.P Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested this Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They were allegedly involved in the Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter contract. The CBI has found out that RS 450-crore was paid as bribes for the 12 helicopters. The contracted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

State Pilot Steals Helicopter Blades

Robert Anthony Lloyd, the former chief pilot of Nevada Department of Wildlife has admitted to the theft of two blades of a state helicopter. Lloyd sold the two blades off the Bell Jet Ranger 206 for $42, 000 to Peregrine Helicopters, stating that they had over 2 121 hours left in them, when they only… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

In Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business I commented that: “some lessors are definitely not welcoming the recently announced Milestone (part of GE) relationship with CHC…have no doubt that the position is pretty dire for those lessors focused on heavy aircraft in the offshore oil and gas market and those with CHC exposure… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 17-Oct-16

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Choppair has been issued to pay Emma Bobridge, the pilot of the Bell Helicopter that crashed in 2013, a sum of over $200 000. Emma Bobridge reported negligence by Choppair, she claimed that it felt that her right skid was stuck on the landing mat during take-off. Company Director Micheal Van Der Zypp countered her… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Textool Sues Bell for $1 Million

Textool Sues Bell for $1 Million

Textool, a Houston-based main rotor shaft supplier has sued Bell Helicopters for over $1 million. Textool asks for a jury trial to settle the dispute of failed payments between them. Textool commented saying that Bell Helicopter provided them with raw material that did not meet safety requirements. Textool were told by Bell to use the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

MHS sues oil company Petronas for $10.5M

MHS sues oil company Petronas for $10.5M

Malaysian operator MHS – via their parent company Boustead Holdings -have commenced legal proceedings in the value of 42,760.810.68 Ringgits – which translates today as 10,564,880 US Dollars Here is the text of the announcement: Pursuant to paragraph 9.04 (g) of the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, Boustead Holdings Berhad (“Company”) wishes… Read more »

Source: Boustead, 08-Sep-16

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Erickson agrees to pay $18.5M to settle shareholder suit

Erickson agrees to pay $18.5M to settle shareholder suit

Erickson Inc. and the private equity company that controls it, have reportedly agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a shareholder’s class-action lawsuit, according to court documents researched by the Oregonian newspaper. The lawsuit was led by Edward Montgomery, an Erickson pilot and shareholder, after a significant drop in the Erickson share price after the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air ambulance operator Air Evac EMS Inc. has reportedly said it is owed $10 million by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield (ABCBS), for medical flights provided to policyholders.  The company has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock last month to collect the money. The issue surrounds a payment cap of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Law firm Wilson Elser launches Helicopter Defense practice

Law firm Wilson Elser launches Helicopter Defense practice

National law firm Wilson Elser announced the official launch of a national Helicopter Defense practice. The firm has practiced in this area for years, but decided to codify a specific sub group to address the distinct risks that helicopters present and the needs of our clients. Led by William Katt, regional managing partner of the… Read more »

Source: Wilson Elser, 17-May-16

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

A lawsuit has been filed against tour operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters following a hard landing on Kauai in January of this year.  The preliminary NTSB report of the accident of Airbus EC130T2 N11VQ on 17th January stated “On January 17, 2016, about 1430 Hawaii standard time, an Airbus EC130 T2, N11VQ, landed hard on a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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Helicopter finance lawyer moves to recently-formed Gowling WLG

Helicopter finance lawyer moves to recently-formed Gowling WLG

International law firm Gowling WLG has appointed Matthew Harvey as a partner in its banking and finance team in London. He joins the firm from Dentons where he has been a partner since 2000. Matthew has over 20 years’ experience acting for corporates, banks and finance companies on structured, asset and export finance transactions. He… Read more »

Source: Gowling WLG, 11-May-16

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San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

The Villegas family, represented by Philip Layfield of Layfield & Barrett and V. James (Jim) DeSimone of V. James DeSimone Law, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County. The lawsuit was filed under the case name: Villegas v. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department et al with the case number CIVDS1606504,… Read more »

Source: Layfield & Barrett, 05-May-16

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Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

The widow of Helinet boss Al Purwin has raied a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages and against Cross Creek Pictures LLC, Imagine Entertainment LLC, Vendian Entertinament LLC, Quadrant Pictures and the estate of pilot Carlos Berl, who also died in the accident – See full story

Source: Report CA, 22-Apr-16

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Whirlybird Helicopters faces $55,000 court judgement

Whirlybird Helicopters faces $55,000 court judgement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked a federal judge Friday to order a default judgment of $55,000 against Whirlybird Helicopters in a case that stemmed from allegations the company did not adequately screen employees for drug use.  See full story

Source: Standard Examiner, 18-Apr-16

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Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 08-Apr-16

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Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, was killed and five other service personnel injured when a Chinook helicopter they were in crashed near the Aussie base at Tarin Kowt in May 2011  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

Source: Herald Sun, 04-Apr-16

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Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge Daniel Hovland of U.S. District Court in Bismarck ruled in favor of Valley Med Flight, which argued that the state was trying to usurp federal law in creating a primary air ambulance carrier list.  See full story

Source: WDAZ, 30-Mar-16

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Two former employees of Hillcrest Aircraft accused of embezzling $250K

Two former employees of Hillcrest Aircraft accused of embezzling $250K

A 67-year-old bookkeeper and her 42-year-old son, a former mechanic at Hillcrest Aircraft Co. are each charged with two counts of grand theft by embezzlement.  See full story

Source: Washington Times, 27-Mar-16

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Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Guillermo Sanchez was driving to work in Seattle on the morning of March 18, 2014 when the news helicopter fell from the sky and hit his car while he was stopped at a red light.  See full story

Source: KREM, 23-Mar-16

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Australia – Fair Work Commission finds female HNZ pilot was unfairly dismissed

Australia – Fair Work Commission finds female HNZ pilot was unfairly dismissed

The Fair Work Commission has found a decorated war veteran and the first female Black Hawk pilot was unfairly dismissed from her private sector job with HNZ Australia  – see full story

Source: Workplace Insight, 09-Mar-16

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OSHA orders reinstatement of Alaskan whistleblower pilot

OSHA orders reinstatement of Alaskan whistleblower pilot

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered an Alaska aviation company to pay years of back wages, $100,000 in compensatory damages, and to reinstate a pilot who had been suspended, then fired and ostracized among the close-knit industry for reporting safety concerns at work. Bald Mountain Air Services violated federal… Read more »

Source: OSHA, 26-Feb-16

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Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

The Panamanian government said on Tuesday it had agreed the cancellation of a $125 million radar contract with a subsidiary of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA that had become mired in a dispute over alleged corruption. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 25-Feb-16

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Air Evac sues Medical Mutual for $3.5 Million

Air Evac sues Medical Mutual for $3.5 Million

One of the nation’s largest air ambulance services is suing Medical Mutual of Ohio over $3.5 million in unpaid bills, opening a new front in a national battle over the use of costly helicopters to transport patients. See Full Story

Source: Cleveland, 24-Feb-16

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Federal Appeal Court next for Pennsylvania Heliport

Federal Appeal Court next for Pennsylvania Heliport

Dr. Michael Selig’s three-year fight to build a heliport on his land in North Whitehall Township is headed to a federal appeals court. See Full Story

Source: The Morning Call, 01-Feb-16

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Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

Court dismisses Quantum Leasing R66 case against Robinson

A federal court in the District of Arizona, applying Ninth Circuit precedent, has weighed in on the limitations of personal jurisdiction over a non-resident engine manufacturer in the context of tort claims alleging failure to warn about changes in a helicopter engine Operation and Maintenance Manual (“OMM”). See Full Story  

Source: Holland & Knight, 27-Jan-16

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Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed criminal cases against two drone pilots on Wednesday for allegedly flying their drones in controlled airspace. See Full story

Source: PC World, 22-Jan-16

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Canadian man pleads guilty in helicopter drug-smuggling case

Canadian man pleads guilty in helicopter drug-smuggling case

A Canadian man pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge Monday for his involvement in a ring that used low-flying helicopters to smuggle cocaine and marijuana across the U.S. border in 2008 and 2009. See Full Story

Source: Kiro 7, 16-Dec-15

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Greece prosecutes businessman over Apache contract 10 years ago

Greece prosecutes businessman over Apache contract 10 years ago

Prosecutors have brought new charges against businessman Thomas Liakounakos and a former high-ranking Defense Ministry official in connection with the purchase of Apache military helicopters more than a decade ago. See Full Story

Source: Ekathimerini, 14-Dec-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 20-Nov-15

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FAA Proposes $240,500 Civil Penalty Against Helicopter Transport Services

FAA Proposes $240,500 Civil Penalty Against Helicopter Transport Services

The FAA is proposing a $240,500 civil penalty against Helicopter Transport Services, LLC of Corvallis, Ore., for allegedly operating a Sikorsky S61R10 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.  In particular, the FAA alleges that on Oct. 8, 2012, Helicopter Transport Services installed a main gearbox in the aircraft that was… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-Nov-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 17-Nov-15

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Lynn Tilton faces November 20 deadline

Lynn Tilton faces November 20 deadline

The clock is ticking for Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of private equity firm Patriarch Partners. See full story.

Source: Business Insider, 12-Nov-15

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Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Miami aviation attorney Steven Marks settles a malpractice suit with an insurance company seeking to recover a $2 million payment in a helicopter crash involving billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer. See Full Story

Source: Daily Business Review, 05-Nov-15

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West Palm Beach woman sues helicopter pilot who crashed into her house

West Palm Beach woman sues helicopter pilot who crashed into her house

A 54-year-old West Palm Beach woman who was jolted in 2011 when a helicopter clipped her roof and landed in her front yard has sued the pilot of the aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Palm Beach Post, 30-Oct-15

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Case Dismissed Against Kentucky Man Arrested For Shooting Down Drone

Case Dismissed Against Kentucky Man Arrested For Shooting Down Drone

The case against a Kentucky man who was arrested after shooting down his neighbor’s drone was dismissed on Monday. See Full Story

Source: NBC News, 28-Oct-15

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New Mexico court rules police need warrant for aerial searches

New Mexico court rules police need warrant for aerial searches

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday overturned the conviction of a Taos County man who claimed that state police violated his constitutional rights by conducting an aerial search of his property without a warrant. See Full Story

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, 27-Oct-15

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Victim pleads for mercy for prosecuted NZ rescue pilot

Victim pleads for mercy for prosecuted NZ rescue pilot

A “hero” helicopter pilot is facing possible jail-time over the dramatic rescue of an injured hunter who says he owes the pilot his life. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 13-Oct-15

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Court says Papillon Helicopters must pay $700K in back tax

Court says Papillon Helicopters must pay $700K in back tax

Facing a new Arizona Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Doug Ducey is finally going to allow the Department of Revenue to collect taxes owed to the state from a helicopter tour business. See Full Story

Source: Az Capitol Times, 25-Sep-15

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Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

Workers sues Sikorsky over discrimination claims

A longtime Sikorsky employee has alleged the Stratford-based aircraft company has not followed federal disabilities rules—claims the company denies. See Full Story

Source: CT post, 24-Sep-15

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Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

Widows of MH-60S Pilots Killed in 2013 Red Sea crash file lawsuit

The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a destroyer filed suit in San Diego Monday against the U.S. Navy, asking them to declare the San Diego-based destroyer “unreasonably dangerous.” See Full Story

Source: NBC San Diego, 24-Sep-15

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HIV-infected paramedic sues Air Evac Lifeteam

HIV-infected paramedic sues Air Evac Lifeteam

An HIV-positive man is suing a St. Louis-area air ambulance service in federal court, alleging he was wrongly removed from his job as a paramedic and reassigned to a dispatch center because of his illness. See Full Story

Source: Star Advertiser, 22-Sep-15

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Flight nurses in Flight For Life crash file lawsuit

Flight nurses in Flight For Life crash file lawsuit

Two Colorado flight nurses critically injured in the fiery crash of a medical transport helicopter that killed the pilot earlier this month sued the aircraft’s manufacturer and operator on Friday, court records showed. See full story

Source: Reuters, 03-Aug-15

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Australia – CareFlight accused of stealing drugs, cash and computers

Australia – CareFlight accused of stealing drugs, cash and computers

Cameron Ewan McIvor is facing 14 charges, most relating to the possession of various drugs, and one for damaging two safes at a CareFlight storage centre in Darwin. See full story  

Source: ABC News, 22-Jul-15

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Former Dancopter pilots begin legal proceedings after job losses

Former Dancopter pilots begin legal proceedings after job losses

Nearly 30 people have been left without a job and without redundancy pay after their former employer DanCopter UK’s deal with Shell to transport workers to and from North Sea oil platforms was taken over by CHC Helicopter. See full story

Source: Eastern Daily Press, 21-Jul-15

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Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Nadia Savchenko, 34, a Ukrainian army helicopter pilot who has spent nearly a year in Russian jails, now stands accused of the murder of two Russian journalists.See Full Story

Source: The Telegraph, 09-Jul-15

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Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected New York financier Lynn Tilton’s bid to block the US SEC from trying her before an administrative judge for defrauding investors. (See full story)

Source: Reuters, 01-Jul-15

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Winery charged for excessive helicopter landings

Winery charged for excessive helicopter landings

One of Waiheke Island’s swankiest wineries has been charged for over-using its helicopter pad. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 30-Jun-15

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Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

A tourism giant operating in Queenstown faces a $9 million claim for damages after cancelling its helicopter contract with its supplier. See Full Story

Source: Scene, 22-Jun-15

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Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll announces investigation of CHC

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll announces investigation of CHC

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is conducting an investigation to determine whether CHC Group Ltd. (“CHC” or the “Company”), certain of its senior executives and directors who signed the Registration Statement (as defined below) in connection with the Company’s January 16, 2014 initial public offering (the “Offering”), and each of the underwriters for the… Read more »

Source: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, 19-Jun-15

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Carson Helicopters VP sentenced to over 12 years for Iron 44 crash

Carson Helicopters VP sentenced to over 12 years for Iron 44 crash

The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was sentenced to 12½ years in federal prison this morning for lying about the carrying capacities of his firm’s helicopters, including the overloaded Sikorsky S-61N that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people. See Full Story.

Source: Mail Tribune, 18-Jun-15

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North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

SURVIVORS of a North Sea helicopter crash in which four people were killed are seeking compensation of over £5 million. See Full Story

Source: The Scotsman, 16-Jun-15

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Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Scott+Scott, Attorneys at Law, LLP (“Scott+Scott”), a national shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, announces the commencement of an investigation into CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI) (“CHC Group”) related to potential violations of federal securities laws. If you are a CHC Group shareholder, you are encouraged to contact Scott+Scott for additional information. CHC Group (NYSE:HELI) is… Read more »

Source: Scott Scott, 17-Mar-15

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Widow sues helicopter company, alleging wrongful death

Widow sues helicopter company, alleging wrongful death

A woman has sued a Galveston County helicopter transport company in the death of her husband. See Full Story

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, 05-Mar-15

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Heli-Expo Seminar to Take the Mystery Out of Aviation Law for Pilots

Heli-Expo Seminar to Take the Mystery Out of Aviation Law for Pilots

Noted aviation attorney, Jon Kettles, will present an educational seminar entitled “Aviation Law: What Pilots Need to Know” on Tuesday, March 3, 1:00 – 2:00 PM in Room 320A and Wednesday, March 4, 8:30-9:30 AM in Room 320B at the Orange County Convention Center during this year’s annual HAI Heli-Expo Tradeshow and Exposition. This is an opportunity for pilots… Read more »

Source: Kettles Law Firm, 03-Mar-15

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HAI Joins Call for Passage of Pilot’s Bill of Rights

HAI Joins Call for Passage of Pilot’s Bill of Rights

HAI President Matt Zuccaro has joined the leaders of other general aviation associations in Washington, D.C., calling for the U.S. Congress to pass the new Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation. Legislation introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 1062 and S. 571, aims to make improvements to the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (Public Law… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Mar-15

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Pacific Air Research and pilot contest fines in Oregon pesticide violation case

Pacific Air Research and pilot contest fines in Oregon pesticide violation case

A helicopter spraying company and a pilot who were each fined $10,000 for spraying pesticides on rural homes in Southern Oregon have asked for an administrative hearing at which they will contest the penalty.  see full story.  This article refers to the helicopter being an OH-58

Source: MyInforms, 12-Feb-15

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OSHA forces Air Methods to reinstate pilot and pay $158K in back wages

OSHA forces Air Methods to reinstate pilot and pay $158K in back wages

Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods… Read more »

Source: Dept of Labor, 08-Jan-15

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Trial date set in Mercy Air Med lawsuit

Trial date set in Mercy Air Med lawsuit

A trial date has been set for a lawsuit involving the Mercy Air Med helicopter that crashed on Jan. 2, 2013, near Ventura, killing three people. See Full Story

Source: Globegazette, 22-Dec-14

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Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

The widow of an investment banker sued his employer StormHarbour Securities LLP for allowing him to board a helicopter that crashed into a Peruvian mountainside in 2012, killing 14 on board.  See Full Story

Source: Bloomberg, 05-Dec-14

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Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

The family members and estates of two Atlanta police officers killed two years ago this week when a department helicopter they were flying crashed into power lines along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive have filed lawsuits against several companies involved in the manufacture and maintenance of the aircraft. See Full Story

Source: AJC, 07-Nov-14

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Reality TV star who towed wakeboarding son behind a helicopter wins back his licence

Reality TV star who towed wakeboarding son behind a helicopter wins back his licence

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority cancelled the flight crew licences of Milton Jones, the star of short-lived Channel 10 reality program Keeping Up With the Joneses, after the show aired in 2011 due to regulation breaches, the Courier Mail reports. See Full Story

Source: 9News, 05-Nov-14

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Jack Harter Helicopters suing Pacific Helicopter Tours

Jack Harter Helicopters suing Pacific Helicopter Tours

A Kauai helicopter company has filed suit in 5th Circuit Court against another flight company for damages that occurred in a recovery operation. See Full Story

Source: TGI, 29-Oct-14

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Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia have arrested a former Defense Ministry official and eight others for allegedly embezzling $2.8M from the government by filing fake expenses related to a helicopter maintenance program – See full story

Source: SF Gate, 22-Oct-14

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US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed its complaint in intervention in a case against defendants Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and two of its subsidiaries, Sikorsky Support Services Inc. and Derco Aerospace Inc., for violating the False Claims Act.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, with headquarters… Read more »

Source: US DoJ, 21-Oct-14

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Evergreen lawsuit over deadly Peruvian crash will play out in Oregon

Evergreen lawsuit over deadly Peruvian crash will play out in Oregon

A lawsuit brought against Evergreen Helicopters Inc. by survivors of eight Peruvians killed in a 2008 helicopter crash will play out in Oregon courts rather than in Peru, where the crash occurred. See Full Story

Source: Biz Journals, 14-Oct-14

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Helicopter Accident Attorneys Launch New Site Section Focused on Crash Victims’ Rights

Helicopter Accident Attorneys Launch New Site Section Focused on Crash Victims’ Rights

The Lambert Firm recently launched a new section of its website to better assist helicopter accident victims and their families. “These incredibly complex machines are being used more and more, from the healthcare industry to the tourism industry to the offshore oil and gas industry,” said Hugh P. Lambert, law firm founder and Louisiana helicopter… Read more »

Source: The Lambert Firm, 06-Oct-14

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Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

Whistleblowers Accuse MD of Overbilling US Army

An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday unsealed a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by two MD Helicopters Inc. employees accusing the company and its CEO of overbilling the U.S. Army for helicopters that were purchased for foreign governments.  See full story

Source: Law360, 19-Sep-14

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Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

A lawsuit filed Monday blames Sikorsky for a fatal crash in Georgia eight months ago, saying manufactures failed to install a tiny part that caused the tail rotor to malfunction and sent the aircraft spinning out of control.

Source: CBS, 10-Sep-14

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Ag helicopter pilot fined $10,000, loses license for a year

Ag helicopter pilot fined $10,000, loses license for a year

A helicopter pilot who flew over Curry County residents last October and sprayed them with herbicides meant for timberland will have his spraying license revoked for a year and be fined $10,000, the maximum allowed by law, the Oregon Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: Oregonlive, 14-Aug-14

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Man accused of posing as helicopter pilot pleads guilty to identity theft

Man accused of posing as helicopter pilot pleads guilty to identity theft

A man accused of repeatedly posing as a helicopter pilot and flying at least once for KCRA Channel 3 pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to aggravated identity theft. See Full Story

Source: Sacramento Bee, 03-Aug-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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Parents of snowboarder killed by avalanche sue Alaska heli-skiing company

Parents of snowboarder killed by avalanche sue Alaska heli-skiing company

The family of 26-year-old Nickolay Dodov, who died following the March 2012 slide, filed the lawsuit July 16 in U.S. District Court. see full story.  File photo

Source: Alaska Dispatch News, 28-Jul-14

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Man threatens medical helicopter in Cincinnatti

Man threatens medical helicopter in Cincinnatti

Leonard Pflanz, 56, was arrested early Sunday and accused of driving to Mercy West Hospital, yelling at the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care pilot and threatening to shoot at it the next time it flew low over his property, authorities said.  See full story Image: AirCare EC145 based at Cincinnati

Source: Cincinnati.com, 14-Jul-14

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