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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  

Source: AAIB, 09-Dec-14

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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Early Bird Registration Opens for 2015 CHC Safety and Quality Summit

Early Bird Registration Opens for 2015 CHC Safety and Quality Summit

Attending one of the world’s premier aviation-safety conference’s costs a little less for a limited time. Early bird registration for the 11th-annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit is open now until Dec. 31. During that period, enrolling in the March 23-25 conference costs C$1085 plus tax – a discount of C$100. The summit, which will… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Dec-14

St. Louis Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar Another Great Success!

St. Louis Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar Another Great Success!

Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), and the St. Louis Rotor & Wing Association, hosted the Midwest Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar in St. Louis, Mo., on November 15. More than 50 professionals from a variety of helicopter operations attended the event. Bill Hopper, president and founder of HAI Affiliate Member, St. Louis… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Nov-14

North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

The audit was performed with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway (CAA Norway). Objective The objective of this audit was to review and evaluate the company’s management of emergency preparedness and helicopter operation at Ekofisk 2/4-L. We requested a presentation of the processes that COPSAS has established to ensure that prerequisites, limitations and recommendations… Read more »

Source: PSA, 17-Nov-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 17-Nov-14

Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit Celebrates Two Years of Target Zero Safety

Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit Celebrates Two Years of Target Zero Safety

On November 11, 2014, Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit (WASBU) and BGI Aviation Technical Services (BATS) celebrated two consecutive years of Target Zero performance without a recordable injury or air accident. In October alone, Bristow operations in Nigeria achieved 1,000 hours of Target Zero performance. WASBU Director Akin Oni cited the role of Bristow’s Target… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Nov-14

Blackcomb Aviation wins the Airbus Helicopter Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award

Blackcomb Aviation wins the Airbus Helicopter Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award

Helicopter Association of Canada, Montreal, QC, November 8, 2014 –Blackcomb Aviation has been awarded the 2014 Airbus Helicopters Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring 25 years of safe operations. This award is presented to a nominee or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Nov-14

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued The call is out for papers that will characterize the 2015 edition of the world’s most influential helicopter-safety conference. Industry and safety professionals interested in presenting at the CHC Safety & Quality Summit may now submit abstracts for the event. The 11th-annual summit will be… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Nov-14

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HAI President : Let’s Get High!

HAI President : Let’s Get High!

Calm down, get a grip. No, I am not advocating the use or distribution of drugs. The high I speak of involves altitude, height above the ground, the distance between the aircraft and the real estate below. Also known as your safety margin. I think we can all agree that, in general, flying lower than… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Nov-14

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FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced new notice to airmen (NOTAM) header formats for conflict zones and international crisis situations. New NOTAMs will be shown as an advisory, a prohibition, or a pointer NOTAM that direct the reader to a related special federal aviation regulation (SFAR). While this format will apply to all… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Nov-14

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Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

New Zealand based Composite Helicopters have unfortunately had an accident with their second flying prototype of their five-seat KC518 Aventourer helicopter.  NZ Herald reports that co-founder Peter Maloney remained on site to see the helicopter put onto a trailer for the short journey back to their base at North Shore airfield, while co-pilot Norbert Idelon… Read more »

10-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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Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

The Transport Select Committee published its report on offshore helicopter safety in July. Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb responded in a letter to the Committee report at the time. Today (October 27), the Government published its response to the Transport Select Committee Report alongside comments from Malcolm Webb’s letter. Oil & Gas… Read more »

Source: Oil Gas, 28-Oct-14

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EASA GA Safety Conference comes to a close

EASA GA Safety Conference comes to a close

The EASA Safety Conference 2014 on General Aviation (GA) was closed by EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky. The two day conference had more than 350 attendants, representing 250 organisations from 30 countries. It was one of the biggest conferences on General Aviation to be conducted in Europe with more than 50 speakers related to GA… Read more »

Source: EASA, 17-Oct-14

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Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year. Since the previous safety measures were put in place in July 2013,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Oct-14

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5 Attitudes That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Reject

5 Attitudes That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Reject

Many helicopter accidents involve pilots who allow themselves to be influenced by hazardous attitudes that cause them to take unnecessary chances. As a pilot, the less often you allow yourself to act upon a hazardous attitude, the safer your flying will become. It should be remembered that every pilot probably has had or will have… Read more »

Source: IHST, 12-Oct-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Aircraft Accident Report 3/2014 – Agusta A109E (G-CRST), collided with a crane, St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London, 16 January 2013 Enstrom 280C (G-IDUP), Northampton/Sywell Aerodrome on 3 June 2014

Source: AAIB, 09-Oct-14

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Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

A beacon of remembrance was lit at Quidi Vidi Lake yesterday as the Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, officially dedicated the Offshore Helicopter Accident Memorial. The memorial pays tribute to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes. “After centuries of making our living from the sea, our province… Read more »

Source: NFL, 08-Oct-14

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New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules for ‘larger’ workers on offshore helicopter flights

New rules are to be introduced on the size of oil workers travelling to and from offshore installations by helicopter. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 07-Oct-14

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NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

NASA Helicopter Test a Smashing Success

The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers. The full-scale test sent the fuselage and its 15 dummy occupants crashing into the dirt at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research facility in Hampton, Virginia, at about 30 miles an… Read more »

Source: NASA, 06-Oct-14

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Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

Future of Helicopter Safety Outlined at Oil & Gas UK Breakfast Briefing

The continuing steps being taken to improve further the safety of offshore helicopter flights will be outlined to the oil and gas sector on Thursday (October 2). Seven months after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published its ‘CAP1145’ report containing a series of actions and recommendations for helicopter safety, Oil & Gas UK is… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 03-Oct-14

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Helicopter memorial unveiled in Newfoundland

Helicopter memorial unveiled in Newfoundland

There was no real reason for the family members of those named to wait before laying their flowers. So they didn’t. They had long ago waited enough — for news, for remains, for investigations and reports. See full story

Source: The Telegram, 02-Oct-14

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ARGUS Sponsors PSAAC and Accreditation Standard with PRISM for Law Enforcement

ARGUS Sponsors PSAAC and Accreditation Standard with PRISM for Law Enforcement

ARGUS International, Inc. has entered into a Sponsorship Agreement with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC), also known has the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The Agreement recognizes ARGUS’s support of PSAAC as the official accreditation authority for the airborne law enforcement community and PSAAC recognizes ARGUS’ as an official sponsor of the PSAAC‘s… Read more »

Source: ARGUS, 25-Sep-14

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Protean wins Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Protean wins Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

Airbus HelicoptersInc. (AHI)is proud to announce that Protean LLC has been honored as the 2014 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award recipient for development of the LZControl.com database, a free flight safety service the companyprovides the air medical industry. Jennifer Hardcastle, Sales Manager – Air Medical Specialist for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented Protean CEO John Cornett… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-14

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Final report from ditched R44 in Stockholm

Final report from ditched R44 in Stockholm

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report following an accident that occurred in Tyresö, south east of Stockholm, on 26 August 2013. The aircraft, a Swedish Robinson R44 Clipper II with the registration SE-JOE, was engaged in a water-sampling assignment in the Stockholm area. The crew consisted of one pilot… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Sep-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS355N (G-OLCP) Peterborough Conington Airport, Cambridgeshire, 21 March 2014 Robinson R22 (G-PACL) Liverpool Airport, 16 July 2014 Schweizer 300 (G-BWAV) Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, 21 May 2014 Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ)  North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Sep-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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IHST Releases New Helicopter Safety Bulletins

IHST Releases New Helicopter Safety Bulletins

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org), in cooperation with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released two new safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents. The IHST family of safety bulletins provides important information for helicopter pilots, operators, and instructors as they prepare for flight.  The newest safety bulletin… Read more »

Source: IHST, 16-Sep-14

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CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) released the results today of the Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation in to the crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia January 8, that resulted in the death of three Sailors. The MH-53E, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) and based at… Read more »

Source: CNAL, 15-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada accepting nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award’

Airbus Helicopters Canada accepting nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award’

Airbus Helicopters Canada is looking to recognize outstanding achievement in the rotary wing industry with the 3rd Annual ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Fort Erie, ON, September 12th, 2014 – The winner(s) of the ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-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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California Highway Patrol Selects PRISM Safety Management System

California Highway Patrol Selects PRISM Safety Management System

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to welcome the California Highway Patrol to the PRISM Safety Management System (SMS) program. The California Highway Patrol has signed a three-year contract with PRISM at the SMS Professional level. The PRISM Professional package includes access to its acclaimed Aviation Risk Management Online Resource (ARMOR). A… Read more »

Source: ARGUS, 05-Sep-14

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PJ Helicopters has fifth accident in just over three years

PJ Helicopters has fifth accident in just over three years

HeliHub.com maintains detailed records of helicopter safety issues, and we observe that the report of an accident to an MD500D this week in California is the fifth accident for Red Bluff-based PJ Helicopters in just over three years.  The links to the accident pages in HeliHub are listed, along with links to the relevant NTSB… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Sep-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Aug-14

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PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI, Inc. announced today that the company has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. SMS is rapidly becoming a worldwide standard throughout the aviation industry and is recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Civil… Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-Aug-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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Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

The crew of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard says there is concern in the air medical service community regarding the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, over accident scenes. “See Full Story“

Source: WSET, 08-Aug-14

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HAI President’s Message: Safety from the Top Down

HAI President’s Message: Safety from the Top Down

I notice that when talking about safety, we tend to focus on field personnel — pilots, mechanics, and dispatchers. This makes sense, as they are on the front lines of safety. But let’s discuss other critical safety stakeholders: owner-operator’s and their management, along with the end user, or customer. These groups play a big part… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Aug-14

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Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of around 40 Dhruv helicopters in view of the recent crash in which seven of its personnel were killed. See full story

Source: Daily Mail, 05-Aug-14

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Flawed safety laws must be stalled, says Australian helicopter association

Flawed safety laws must be stalled, says Australian helicopter association

Australian Helicopter Industry Association president Peter Crook has written to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss to request Civil Aviation Safety Regulation Part 61 not be implemented on September 1, only 20 working days from now. CASR Part 61 (Flight Crew Licensing) became law on February 14 last year with a start date of December 4 that year and a four-year transition period ending on December… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 04-Aug-14

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OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

With 2.3 million passengers travelling to work on offshore installations by helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico every year, OPITO is making sure every worker has the necessary training to get to work and return home safely every trip. The oil and gas industry’s training standards body has set new and higher standards for Tropical… Read more »

Source: OPITO, 01-Aug-14

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Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Sadly there was a bad accident with an Indian Air Force Dhruv in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Friday, and we recorded that in our Safety data section here. The “black box” – Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) – are now being analysed in an attempt to find out what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

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SmartPilot.ca – A Year After Launch – Great Results and More!

SmartPilot.ca – A Year After Launch – Great Results and More!

Canada’s single source web portal for all things related to flying safely recently celebrated the first anniversary of its launch. By all accounts it is proving that the need and interst for a simple, one stop site for general aviation is very real. SmartPilot.ca continues to grow and refine itself with more new, purpose developed… Read more »

Source: SmartPilot, 29-Jul-14

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Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

In the release of its investigation report (A13C0073) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba, in July of 2013. At 4 pm Central Daylight Time, on 1 July 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter, operated… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 18-Jul-14

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EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 15-Jul-14

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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014

U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014

The best way to describe civil helicopter safety in the United States today is “So far, so good.”  Total accidents are down 17 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.  In addition, according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), the number of fatal accidents has… Read more »

Source: USHST, 15-Jul-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Vandals block night landings at Trout Lake helipad

Vandals block night landings at Trout Lake helipad

The only night-certified helipad in the Lappe area, north of Thunder Bay is no longer safe for helicopters to use after dark.  See full story

Source: CBC, 14-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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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013 Bell 206B (G-BPWI), engine failure leading to forced landing, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 4 October 2013 Hughes 369D (G-CCUO), loss of control and ground… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-14

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EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed LLC has entered Level 3 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS), reflecting the company’s unwavering commitment to safety. The critical care air medical transport company initiated its participation in the government-designed safety program several years ago. In adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety in the air medical transportation… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Jul-14

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UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

Any loss of life in aviation accidents is always tragic and the safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is therefore our absolute priority. In February we announced over 70 actions and recommendations to improve safety, primarily aimed at preventing accidents but also to improve survivability following an incident. These were widely welcomed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 10-Jul-14

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ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of Jon Beatty, president & CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, Joshua Hebert, founder of Magellan Jets, Levi Stockton, president of Advanced Air & Jet Center, Los Angeles and Dave Davenport, senior vice president of FlightSafety International to the ACSF Board of Governors. Jon… Read more »

Source: ACSF, 10-Jul-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

In its investigation report (A13W0009) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a Robinson R44 helicopter broke up in flight over Fox Creek, Alberta on 27 January 2013 due to inappropriate control inputs that caused the main rotor blade to make contact with the fuselage. The Gemini Helicopters Robinson R44 was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 07-Jul-14

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New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

Robinson Helicopters have accepted the CAA’s invitation to give a safety awareness briefing on the R44 and R66.  The one-day safety briefing and product update will be presented by Tim Tucker, chief flying instructor for Robinson.  There will be an opportunity on the day after for a dual flight with Tim in the R66 or… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 04-Jul-14

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HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety

HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety

HAI is developing the Education Program for HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 and seeks proposals for Professional Education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions from qualified persons or vendors. Be part of continuing excellence in your industry—submit your proposal today! Professional Education Courses To provide a high-quality program for helicopter professionals, HAI strives to enhance, expand,and adjust these fee-based… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Jul-14

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FAA’s ‘Got Weather?’ resource improves understanding of thunderstorms

FAA’s ‘Got Weather?’ resource improves understanding of thunderstorms

Because unique weather conditions are associated with summer, now is a good time for a reminder about a new online FAA safety resource that provides tips for pilots dealing with the season’s thunderstorm activity. Launched by the agency in May 2014 with the support of aviation groups, including NBAA, the Got Weather? initiative offers information… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 02-Jul-14

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Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

With Asia poised to be the fastest growing helicopter market in the coming years, key industry players from the ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) held the inaugural steering committee meeting this month to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in this region. AHEST was founded in late 2013 to expand the mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Jul-14

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HAI Looks Forward to Working With NTSB Chairman-Designate

HAI Looks Forward to Working With NTSB Chairman-Designate

The Helicopter Association International and its president, Matt Zuccaro, welcome the news that President Obama has nominated NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart to fill the chairman’s position in the wake of Deborah Hersman’s departure. “As a commercial-rated pilot, Chris Hart understands aviation and its importance to the nation,” said Zuccaro. “He is also the NTSB’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Jun-14

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For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month

For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month

The phrase, “Let’s be careful out there,” takes on added meaning during the month of July as it tops all other months for fatal helicopter accidents.  A decade’s worth of data compiled by the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) shows that an average of three to four fatal civil helicopter accidents in the United… Read more »

Source: USHST, 26-Jun-14

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AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

A USA Today story, “Unfit for flight,” published June 18 “gets the general aviation safety record wrong, it ignores efforts by the industry to make general aviation safer, and it violates basic tenets of fairness and accuracy when it comes to good journalism,” AOPA said in response to the article. The three-part report paints GA aircraft as death traps,… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 19-Jun-14

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Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

BBC has been given the first chance to try out a new safety device that could save lives in the future.  See full story

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-14

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EagleMed taps Baldwin as additional safety resource

EagleMed taps Baldwin as additional safety resource

EagleMed LLC has enlisted Baldwin Safety & Compliance as an additional resource for the critical care air medical transport company’s safety management system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety management and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader in… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 17-Jun-14

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NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation Course

NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation Course

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is pleased to offer a NEW course in NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigations on August 18-22, 2014, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures, methods used and the skills required with all aspects of helicopter accident investigation by the… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 II (G-ODAZ), near RAF Wittering, Peterborough, 26 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 12-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today announced new proposals for flight recorders and underwater locating devices which aim at facilitating the recovery of an aircraft and of its flight recorders in the unfortunate eventuality of an accident. The new EASA requirements include the extension of the transmission time of underwater locating devices (ULD) fitted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-Jun-14

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Nova Scotia’s energy minister satisfied with offshore safety rules

Nova Scotia’s energy minister satisfied with offshore safety rules

Nova Scotia’s energy minister says he’s satisfied with federal legislation aimed at improving safety in the offshore energy sector even though it doesn’t call for an independent safety agency, a measure he pushed for while in Opposition.  See full story

Source: CTV, 02-Jun-14

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New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has no plans to duplicate the 32 safety improvements planned for Scottish offshore helicopters.  See full story

Source: BBC, 02-Jun-14

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Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 31, 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: CBC, 01-Jun-14

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