The National Transportation Safety Board today released a final report on a fatal crash involving a transport-category helicopter caused by a bird strike. The Board said the lack of requirements for bird strike-resistant windshields contributed to the crash, and called on the FAA to develop such requirements. On January 4, 2009, a dual-engine Sikorsky S-76C++… Read more »
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) November 22, 2010 – Curt Lewis & Associates (CL&A), LLC, announces continued and expanded services to the helicopter community. Current trends in the helicopter industry, especially the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) indicates there is a necessity and need to provide safety training and consultation. Curt Lewis & Associates recent endeavors… Read more »
HAI President Matt Zuccaro, and HAI Director of Safety Stan Rose, welcomed the opportunity to discuss safety initiatives with two leading FAA representatives while exhibiting at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Summit in Long Beach, California. Zuccaro and Rose were able to discuss the HAI and FAA mutual goal of enhancing safety… Read more »
The union representing oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore oil platforms is calling for speedy adoption of all of recommendations in the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry report released yesterday. “We are especially pleased with the call for an independent safety regulator,” says Chuck Shewfelt, the Atlantic Regional Vice-President of the Communications, Energy… Read more »
Critics have accused the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board of a conflict of interest because it is tasked with developing offshore resources to the maximum extent while also protecting workers and the environment.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) received the Report of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry today and is releasing it to the public immediately. “On behalf of the Board, I thank Commissioner Robert Wells, commission counsel and the staff of the commission for their work during the course of Phase I of the… Read more »
John Quadrio claimed he was stood down by the tour operator he was working for, after the CASA charged him with eight aviation offences, including reckless and low flying and performing aerobatic manoeuvres.
The jury found McGuire guilty of all three charges he faced: attempted destruction of an aircraft, using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime, and possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. He will be sentenced Feb. 4.
WIESBADEN, Germany â€” Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the Feb. 3 Army helicopter crash that killed three U.S. soldiers near Mannheim, Germany, but revealed several miscues made by the unit and the flight crew before takeoff. The purpose of the ill-fated UH-60 flight, dubbed Duke 27, was to conduct pilot proficiency training,… Read more »
HeliHub.com is having great success with its â€œGalleryâ€ feature, recording over 4,000 images and increasing at a rate of approximately 350 per month The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over time. HeliHub.com plans to utilise… Read more »
Join helicopter firefighting operators under contract to the U.S. Forest Service or Department of the Interior and attend HAIâ€™s 3rd Annual Fall Government Contracting Committee meeting and Firefighting Safety Forum in Boise, Idaho, November 17th and 18th â€“ sponsorship opportunities are available! Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on the Government Contracting Committeeâ€™s… Read more »
Pilots union files complaint against INAER, the company that owns the helicopter which died 3 coastguards after it plunged into the sea in January, for alleged “breach of its obligations” in crew training, which “directly contributed to errors in the operation”.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s course, “Transportation Disaster Response – A Course for Emergency Responders,” scheduled for November 16-18, 2010, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, still has openings for those who may have a role in responding to major transportation accidents. NTSB specialists and speakers from the FBI, the New Jersey State… Read more »
Last Friday in the morning, two military helicopters were hit by a laser beam above Vevey. Based on indications of crews, Vaud cantonal police could identify and question the author. He has been charged.
An education campaign, aimed at reducing the number of airspace infringements, has been launched by the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI), the broad-based coalition tasked with tackling UK airspace safety risks. Information packs, containing listening squawk information cards, radio best practice kneepads, magazines and interactive CDs, are being sent to all flying schools in the… Read more »
This article follows the accident of R44 D-HMMB (see HeliHub.com accident page) which has left successful 21-year old singer Anna-Maria Zimmermann in a coma. Her official website is at http://www.annamariazimmermann.de. An English translation of the German article can be found here
HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet. Here is our report for September 2010 Useful Links * Civil Accidents * Military Accidents * Fatal Accidents – both civil and military * 2009 Annual Review of Fatal Accidents * Safety News September 2010 was… Read more »
Inquiry commissioner Robert Wells is expected to report by Friday to the federal-provincial board that regulates oil activity offshore. But it’s up to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board to make those findings public.
The MoD have accepted liability, but the exact settlement has yet to be decided. The men are suing for “injury, loss and damage”. The accident happened in August 2007 during low-level flight near the Army’s Catterick base.
On Thursday, Oct. 21 BAE Systems unveiled new technology that protects military helicopters from infrared-guided missiles and announced its U.S. light tactical vehicle strategy to include an update on its Valanx JLTV offering for the U.S. Army as well as a new HMMWV Recap offering. During the briefing, BAE Systems officials also highlighted the array… Read more »
About 1 a.m. yesterday, Kellough was following a burglary suspect on the West Side when laser light struck his eyes. He said he sharply steered the helicopter away from the light, but not before his co-pilot was also temporarily blinded.
Helicopter Association International’s mission is to advance the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce. That mission charges each of us to commit ourselves to promoting the highest level of safety and efficiency. This culture of professionalism is nurtured when we encourage and recognize outstanding achievement and contributions made by individuals and organizations. Each… Read more »
Robert Paterson, industry body Oil and Gas UK’s health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Everyone in the oil and gas industry really appreciates the work Bob put in to make these safety improvements actually happen.”
HAI President Matt Zuccaro is to speak at the Greater St. Louis Helicopter Association Annual Helicopter Safety Seminar on Saturday, October 23, 2010.Â Â Registration is at 8:00 a.m. with the program running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics Include; FAA Enforcement, Airworthiness, Flight Safety, and Other Safety-Related Topics.Â To print a flyer for the… Read more »
The emergency landing of the Apache at Woodlands last month was caused by corroded valves in the aircraft’s engines.Â Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean revealed the outcome of the investigations into the incident in Parliament on Monday.
The four hazards identified include unexpected encounters with a degraded visual environment; getting into a “vortex ring state”; loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE); and static and dynamic rollover.
The Royal Jubilee helipad closed Sept. 13 for upgrades that included moving nearby car-parking spaces and instal-ling improved approach lights. The upgrades were recommended in a 2009 Transport Canada audit.
The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This monthâ€™s issue covers the accident of:- AgustaWestland AW139, G-CHCV 65 nm NE of North Denes HP on 23 December 2008
Grand Prairie, TX â€“ American Eurocopter is proud to announce that Travis Countyâ€™s STARFlight program has been selected to receive the fourth annual Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. STARFlight was chosen for its investment and proactive accomplishments in training and safety initiatives throughout the organization. As part of the award, American Eurocopter presented the program… Read more »
The analysis, by the IHST’s European branch – the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) – reveals that there is as yet no real sign of progress towards the IHST’s ultimate objective of an 80% reduction in helicopter accidents by 2016.
At the International Helicopter Safety Symposium in Cascais, Portugal, HAI President Matt Zuccaro, as Co-Chair of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), served as Moderator for the historic signing of a “Call to Action by and for Offshore Helicopter Operators” letter in support of the IHST and its mission to reduce helicopter accidents by 80… Read more »
EBAA Chairman Brian Humphries said work has begun at the International Business Aviation Council to bring the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operation (IS-BAO) programme – already established for fixed-wing business aviation operations – to the rotary-wing sector.
WASHINGTONâ€“The U.S. Department of Transportationâ€™s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed broad new rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, which, if finalized, would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. â€œThis is a significant proposal that will improve the safety of many helicopter flights in the… Read more »
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that the number of serious runway incursions at the nationâ€™s airports dropped 50 percent from 2009, the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions was cut in half. â€œWe continue to make terrific progress in the area of… Read more »
Mountaineers have very recently found the wreck of a Russian military Mil Mi-8 at the peak of Mount Elbrus, nearly 16,000ft tall. This strikes the HeliHub.com team as being similar to the story of thousands of empty oxygen tanks at various points up Everest. Does the human race really care that little about our environment… Read more »
Robb & Robb LLC announces that partner Gary C. Robb, a well known aviation lawyer, has just published a book, Helicopter Crash Litigation, which addresses critical safety issues in the aviation field. The book, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc., is the definitive published work in the field of helicopter aviation. â€œby far… Read more »
Air Evac Lifeteam proactively grounded its entire fleet of medical helicopters on Thursday, after a bolt on one of its choppers was found to be wearing dangerously thin, way before it was scheduled to be changed out
An Apache and a Sea King came close to hitting the much smaller drone spy aircraft – while it was being flown remotely by a soldier on the ground. The near collisions on Salisbury Plain in February involved the small Desert Hawk drone
Med-Trans Corp is pleased to announce that Troy Boonstra has accepted the position of Director of Safety for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC). Mr. Boonstra is a proven aviation expert and senior safety professional and has earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications. Prior to joining the MTC leadership team, Mr. Boonstra served as a Systems Engineer and… Read more »
A teenager has been put under a curfew after admitting he put a police helicopter in jeopardy by shining a laser into its cockpit. [Note: Photo used in news article is way out of date – this force upgraded from AS355 to EC135 in 2003)
Officials with the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry said Thursday that commissioner Robert Wells expects to be finished his report in early October and will have it printed and delivered to the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board by 25th of this month
Medevac transport safety, and that of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in particular, is a focal point of this yearâ€™s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), which is set for October 11-13, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not-to-be-missed HEMS safety regulatory-related conference highlights include details from Administration (FAA) officials regarding the FAAâ€™s soon-to-be-released Notice of Proposed… Read more »
Christopher Jones pleaded guilty to 35 counts, including car theft and running from the police. He is not charged with the deaths of the four men who died when the KTVK and KNXV helicopters covering the chase collided.
Three fire tankers and a ladder truck responded at 9 a.m., Missoula police sealed off a block of Owen Street on the east side of the hospital, and two crash victims – one deceased mannequin and a live volunteer – were rescued from the roof by ladder.
A Humberside Police spokesman said the crew of Oscar 99 were attending a job near Grant Thorold Park when they experienced a series of bright green flashes which illuminated the inside of aircraft, putting them in danger.