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North Sea CHC AS332 accident – AAIB point firmly at pilot error

North Sea CHC AS332 accident – AAIB point firmly at pilot error

The crash of a CHC Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma 1.5 nm west of Sumburgh Airport on 23 August 2013 as drawn a lot of comment and speculation. The British aircraft investigators – the Air Accicent Investigation Branch (AAIB) have issued a second bulletin on the accident – S7/2013 – AS332 L2 Super Puma, G-WNSB  – now come… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-13

NEMSPA Now Accepting Subscriptions for CHAMPS Safety Culture Assessment

NEMSPA Now Accepting Subscriptions for CHAMPS Safety Culture Assessment

NEMSPA’s Cultural Health Assessment and Mitigation Program for Safety (CHAMPS) is in beta form and ready to be administered to a selection of air medical provider organizations in order to validate the question-set. Tom Judge, past Chair of the Association for Critical Care Transport had this to say about this safety culture assessment tool: “Throughout… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 17-Oct-13

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HAI Joins GA Call to Restore Critical FAA Safety Programs

HAI Joins GA Call to Restore Critical FAA Safety Programs

The heads of four of general aviation’s biggest, most influential associations on Tuesday, October 15, called on President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to quickly restore critical FAA safety programs whose shutdown is threatening substantial economic harm to the entire industry. In a letter to the three… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Oct-13

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

Pilot error was the reason a state medevac helicopter hit the tarmac without its landing gear deployed last month, state police confirmed see full story See also HeliHub.com page for this incident 25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland

Source: WBFF Fox 45, 15-Oct-13

Senators Told of Limited NTSB Operations During Shutdown

Senators Told of Limited NTSB Operations During Shutdown

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing October 11, receiving testimony from the Chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), learning that the NTSB has had to suspend activities for 1,300 active investigations, including several high-profile probes. NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman urged Senators to take action to permit the NTSB to resume its… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Oct-13

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2013

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, 10-Oct-13

Massachusetts 407 pilot loses suit against manufacturers

Massachusetts 407 pilot loses suit against manufacturers

Kurt West of Massachusetts said the Dec. 2008 crash in New Hampshire was caused by a mechanical failure that triggered a loss of power and that the incident caused him post-traumatic stress disorder and inflamed a pre-existing gastrointestinal syndrome. He was suing Bell, Rolls Royce and Goodrich for a combined $4M  See full story See also… Read more »

06-Oct-13

US shut-down affects FAA register and more

US shut-down affects FAA register and more

The US Government shut-down, which became effective on Tuesday 1st October is affecting practically all departments and about 800,000 federal workers have been laid off temporarily without pay. From a helicopter industry point of view, we have seen that Sikorsky will put 2,000 employees on leave if the shut-down continues on Monday 7th. The FAA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-13

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FIRC Approval for UHI’s Standardization & Safety Seminar

FIRC Approval for UHI’s Standardization & Safety Seminar

Universal Helicopters (UHI) with locations in Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and California, would like to announce that their annual Safety and Standardization Seminar (SSS) has received the necessary FAA approval to conduct its SSS as a Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC). This FIRC was added as an additional course to UHI’S existing approved 141 course list…. Read more »

Source: Universal Helicopters, 04-Oct-13

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Bristow issue statement on S92 North Sea emergency landing

Bristow issue statement on S92 North Sea emergency landing

Holding Statement – Precautionary Landing in the Norwegian Sector Date: Friday 4 October 2013    Time: 2030 hrs Bristow Helicopters Ltd can confirm that one of its Sikorsky S-92 helicopters operating out of Stavanger, Norway, made a safe precautionary landing on an offshore installation after a cockpit warning light illuminated at approximately 1700 hrs today, Friday… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 04-Oct-13

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ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

ATSB warns on night flying from Bell 412 Horn Island accident

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

Source: ATSB, 03-Oct-13

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NEMSPA to sponsor 4-Hour Heliport Safety Workshop at AMTC 2013

NEMSPA to sponsor 4-Hour Heliport Safety Workshop at AMTC 2013

In its ever continuing quest to enhance industry safety, the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) is sponsoring a four hour workshop on heliport design and safety at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  This 4-hour workshop will focus on the basic information that every air medical helicopter provider and heliport… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 01-Oct-13

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IHST Releases Two New Helicopter Safety Bulletins

IHST Releases Two New Helicopter Safety Bulletins

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), in cooperation with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has developed new safety leaflets focused on controlled flight into terrain and defensive helicopter flying. The IHST now offers a total of 19 safety bulletins and leaflets aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents. The safety bulletins… Read more »

Source: IHST, 01-Oct-13

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Bristow Group names new VP and Chief Safety Officer

Bristow Group names new VP and Chief Safety Officer

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has appointed Steve Predmore Vice President and Chief Safety Officer responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise to Bristow’s global operations related to safety, safety auditing, health and environmental matters. Bristow President and CEO Bill… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 01-Oct-13

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Canada – SmartPilot.ca – Progress Report After 4 Months Live

Canada – SmartPilot.ca – Progress Report After 4 Months Live

Canada’s single source web portal for all things related to flying safely has now been live for four months and is taking flight! The site is a one-stop source for information, interactive courses and content rich videos – all focussed on helping pilots stay fresh and current about flight operations. And as our registered users… Read more »

Source: SmartPilot.ca, 01-Oct-13

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NextGen Helps Pilots Weather the Weather

NextGen Helps Pilots Weather the Weather

Before emergency medical services pilot Rex Orgill flies a helicopter rescue mission from his base in Salt Lake City, he checks a new NextGen weather forecasting tool to see what the visibility will be like at the pickup site. Orgill is a pilot with Intermountain Life Flight in Utah. Intermountain Life Flight helicopters are airborne… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Oct-13

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FAA Upgrades Ukraine’s Aviation Safety Rating to Category 1

FAA Upgrades Ukraine’s Aviation Safety Rating to Category 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Ukraine complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based on the results of a July FAA review of Ukraine’s civil aviation authority. Ukraine is now upgraded to Category 1 from the Category 2 safety rating the country… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Oct-13

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Bell to hold third Safety Symposium in Russia this week

Bell to hold third Safety Symposium in Russia this week

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it will hold a regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians from across Russia on Thursday, October 3 at the Marriott Moscow Grand. The third symposium of its type offered by Bell Helicopter this year, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on common… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Oct-13

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US Coast Guard points to pilot error in HH-65C crash report

US Coast Guard points to pilot error in HH-65C crash report

Pilot error was identified as the primary cause of the crash of a Mobile, Alabama-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter that killed all four crew on board during a training flight over Mobile Bay, Ala., Feb. 28, 2012, according to a final action memo released here, Thursday. A lack of established flight manual procedures for inadvertently entering instrument flight conditions, and… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 29-Sep-13

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Spatial disorientation likely caused fatal 2011 R44 crash in Canada

Spatial disorientation likely caused fatal 2011 R44 crash in Canada

A helicopter pilot who took off more than an hour after sunset  likely crashed after becoming spatially disoriented, according to an investigation report (A11Q0168) released today by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The accident, which occurred on 27 August 2011, killed the pilot and the three other occupants shortly after takeoff. All had been flying in… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 29-Sep-13

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Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 recovered from the Arctic Ocean

Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 recovered from the Arctic Ocean

The sunken Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, which crashed on 9 September 2013, has been successfully recovered from the Arctic Ocean. A team consisting of the Canadian Coast Guard’s CCGS Amundsen and CCGS Henry Larsen, ArcticNet and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has been working to recover the helicopter since its discovery on Monday afternoon. Thanks to the technical expertise… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 27-Sep-13

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Maintenance chief pleads guilty to fraud in fatal S61 crash

Maintenance chief pleads guilty to fraud in fatal S61 crash

Prosecutors say that when the U.S. Forest Service solicited bids for helicopters to be used in firefighting operations, Metheny submitted proposals with altered performance charts and falsified weight and balance records. Then, after winning the $20M contract, the incorrect information was given to pilots who had to calculate the maximum payload capacity during firefighting operations…. Read more »

27-Sep-13

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North Sea operators join for their own safety review

North Sea operators join for their own safety review

Offshore helicopter operators Avincis Group, Bristow Group and CHC Helicopter announced today they have launched a review of safety practices that will deepen their commitment to share best practices and consistently operate at the highest possible level of safety. The three companies leading this effort will reach out to other helicopter operators to encourage them… Read more »

Source: Bond/Bristow/CHC, 27-Sep-13

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Union says North Sea safety is “too little, too late”

Union says North Sea safety is “too little, too late”

Please see below a comment from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on today’s announcement that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be conducting a review into North Sea aviation safety. ‘We will  consult with those members currently operating in the North Sea as to their views on the effectiveness of a CAA-led review, but… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 25-Sep-13

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Oil & Gas UK welcomes review of North Sea operations

Oil & Gas UK welcomes review of North Sea operations

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK’s health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the CAA’s review of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea and we and our members stand ready to engage fully in the process. As the CAA highlights in its announcement, considerable efforts have already been made… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 25-Sep-13

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UK and Norwegian authorities join with EASA for North Sea safety review

UK and Norwegian authorities join with EASA for North Sea safety review

The CAA is undertaking a review of North Sea helicopter operations. It will be a joint review with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and advised by a panel of independent experts. It will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter flying in other countries to make recommendations… Read more »

Source: UK CAA, 25-Sep-13

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Bristow to be Platinum Sponsor of IHST Safety Symposium

Bristow to be Platinum Sponsor of IHST Safety Symposium

Bristow Group will be the Platinum Sponsor for The International Helicopter Safety Team’s (IHST) Seventh International Helicopter Safety Symposium. This event for safety professionals will take place Feb. 27-28, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif., immediately following the close of Heli-Expo 2014. The IHST, which promotes safety and works to reduce civil helicopter accidents worldwide, was formed… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 23-Sep-13

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Russian Sport Ministry pays tribute to Margarita Afanaskin

Russian Sport Ministry pays tribute to Margarita Afanaskin

[electronic translation] On Monday, 16 September, in the course of the search and rescue operation in the area of ​​the village Selco Staritskogo region Tver region Internal Affairs Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry found the wreckage of helicopter AgustaWestland AW119 Koala, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on Saturday, September 14. The pilot of the crashed helicopter… Read more »

Source: Russian Sport Ministry, 19-Sep-13

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Bad statistic – Three winching fatalities in eight weeks

Bad statistic – Three winching fatalities in eight weeks

From the very close attention HeliHub.com gives to safety data, we have noticed a recent spate of  accidents involving winching operations where the person being winched is the fatality.  Check out these three   12-Sep-13 Sikorsky UH-60 Springville, US-California (1F) 57-year-old volunteer Shane Krogen fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

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First helipad in Europe with LPV guidance – at Eurocopter’s Donauworth factory

First helipad in Europe with LPV guidance – at Eurocopter’s Donauworth factory

Improved safety in poor visibility conditions is an advantage that pilots at Eurocopter in Donauwörth are now able to enjoy. The onsite helicopter landing pad at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Germany is the first helipad in Europe to make use of Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) guidance, a highly precise, GPS-supported instrument approach procedure. The new… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Sep-13

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Bell to hold regional safety symposium in China

Bell to hold regional safety symposium in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it will hold a regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians from across China on Tuesday, September 24 at the InterContinental Beijing Beichen hotel in Beijing, China. A new initiative for Bell Helicopter, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on key safety practices… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Sep-13

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TSB highlights importance of maintaining hands-on proficiency when flying automated aircraft

TSB highlights importance of maintaining hands-on proficiency when flying automated aircraft

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A11H0001) into an incident where a Sikorsky S-92A operated by Cougar Helicopters Inc. inadvertently descended and came within seconds of striking the water in July 2011. “The aviation industry is increasingly relying on cockpit automation in its day-to-day operations,” said Daryl Collins, the Investigator-in-Charge. “Despite the many benefits of… Read more »

Source: TSB, 12-Sep-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2013

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, 12-Sep-13

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TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is launching an investigation into the crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helicopter. The CCG helicopter, operated by Transport Canada, departed from the CCG vessel Amundsen and crashed in the McClure Strait, off the coast of Banks Island, Northwest Territories. The TSB is gathering information and will… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 11-Sep-13

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Last Call for Rotor Safety Challenge Speakers

Last Call for Rotor Safety Challenge Speakers

Friday, September 13, is the last day HAI will receive Rotor Safety Challenge proposals for presentation at HEI-EXPO 2014, in Anaheim, California. Industry experts and educators who wish to present a one-hour safety education session as part of the Rotor Safety Challenge must submit their proposals to HAI by close of business Friday, September 13…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Sep-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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Bristow S92 SAR crew commended for Stornoway AS332L2 rescue

Bristow S92 SAR crew commended for Stornoway AS332L2 rescue

On Friday, August 23, 2013 Bristow SAR operations in Sumburgh was tasked by ARCC to conduct the rescue operations for the tragic helicopter accident that occurred offshore approximately two miles west of Sumburgh. Within minutes a Bristow SAR team was airborne, took operational command, coordinating with a Bond SAR helicopter, an RAF helicopter and RNLI…. Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Sep-13

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Register Now for HAI Fall Aerial Firefighting Committee Meeting

Register Now for HAI Fall Aerial Firefighting Committee Meeting

HAI’s annual Fall Aerial Firefighting Committee Meeting will once again be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise, Idaho, from November 18-20. Registration for the meeting has officially opened. There are still opportunities to help sponsor the annual meeting. Sponsors are the only attendees permitted to exhibit during the meeting. Click here to see the opportunities available. To reserve your… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Sep-13

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FAA Rotorcraft Seminar Looks at Safety from Several Angles

FAA Rotorcraft Seminar Looks at Safety from Several Angles

HAI and the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) hosted a safety seminar for 70 members of the rotorcraft community August 28 at a location in surburban Philadelphia. Speakers included FAA flight surgeons Harriet Lester and Dominick Zito, who gave an informative talk to help listeners navigate over-the-counter medications and keep their ground time to a minimum…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Sep-13

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AAIB reports CHC AS332L2 was “intact and upright” when it hit the water

AAIB reports CHC AS332L2 was “intact and upright” when it hit the water

At 1717 hrs UTC on 23 August 2013, an AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter crashed into the sea whilst on approach to Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands. Four of the 18 occupants lost their lives. The AAIB immediately despatched a team of investigators and support staff to Aberdeen and the Shetland Islands. In accordance… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 02-Sep-13

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Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “We commend the HSSG’s thorough review of this situation and the agreement which has been reached today. Oil & Gas UK is in complete alignment with this agreement, including the decision to return the aircraft in question to flight in a phased and proper manner and… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Sep-13

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HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

On Saturday 24 August, Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) took the precautionary measure of taking a time out for safety by recommending temporary cessation of all commercial passenger flights of the AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 variant of helicopter to and from offshore oil and gas installations within the UK, following the… Read more »

Source: HSSG, 01-Sep-13

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Register Now for IHST Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

Register Now for IHST Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will host its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals on Feb. 27-28, 2014, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., immediately following the close of HAI HELI-EXPO 2014. The symposium will focus on the importance of helicopter pilot self-discipline and personal responsibility. In addition to international aviation safety experts… Read more »

Source: IHST, 28-Aug-13

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Oil & Gas UK discusses impact of temporary Super Puma suspension

Oil & Gas UK discusses impact of temporary Super Puma suspension

Oil & Gas UK held a meeting in Aberdeen today (Monday 26 August) to discuss the operational impact of the temporary suspension of Super Puma helicopters following the crash of an L2 model on Friday with the tragic loss of four lives and injury to others. There were 80 representatives of oil and gas operators… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 27-Aug-13

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North Sea accident – Statement from PHPA President

North Sea accident – Statement from PHPA President

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, is mourning the loss of four passengers who were killed on August 23, 2013, when a CHC L2 aircraft crashed into the waters off the coast of Sumburgh, United Kingdom. Fourteen people, including two crew members,… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 27-Aug-13

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Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

Eurocopter have a major uphill PR battle ahead of them, for certain. Since the Shetland fatal accident on Friday – less than three days ago as this is written – a Facebook page “Destroy the Super Pumas” has gained over 28,000 followers. While it is clearly not something people in the aviation industry would support,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Aug-13

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CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

Extract from CHC statement 11pm UK 25th August:- CHC plans to resume normal operations on Monday with AS332L/L1 and EC225 aircraft. We will continue to hold all flights worldwide involving AS332L2 aircraft, except for those involved in life-saving SAR and medevac missions. In the U.K., consistent with a request by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Aug-13

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Philadelphia Helicopter Safety Conference – Aug 28th

Philadelphia Helicopter Safety Conference – Aug 28th

Attention all helicopter pilots: don’t miss this landmark event featuring the very latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry, presented by some of the top industry experts in their field! On August 28, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel  in Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania, a panel of experts from AgustaWestland, Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Aug-13

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Erickson Air-Crane appoints VP of Safety, Security and Compliance

Erickson Air-Crane appoints VP of Safety, Security and Compliance

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ: EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has appointed Dr. Michael D. New as the Company’s Vice President of… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 25-Aug-13

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HSSG Recommends Temporary Suspension of Super Puma Helicopters

HSSG Recommends Temporary Suspension of Super Puma Helicopters

Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met this afternoon (24 August) to discuss the helicopter accident off Shetland on 23 August.  All members expressed their condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who tragically lost their lives and to the survivors. At present there are no confirmed facts as to… Read more »

Source: HSSG, 25-Aug-13

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Oil & Gas UK Statement: Helicopter Ditching West of Shetland

Oil & Gas UK Statement: Helicopter Ditching West of Shetland

Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive Malcolm Webb said: “Oil & Gas UK expresses its profound sorrow at the news of the deaths and injuries resulting from yesterday’s helicopter ditching off Shetland.  Our thoughts are first and foremost with all who were on this flight, their  families and their friends and we send our deepest condolences… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 25-Aug-13

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CHC Statement on Sumburgh Aircraft Accident

CHC Statement on Sumburgh Aircraft Accident

[Update from CHC 11pm UK on 25th August] A CHC Helicopter AS332L2 aircraft landed in the water Friday (Aug. 23) about two nautical miles west of Sumburgh, on Shetland Island in the U.K. The helicopter had traveled from Aberdeen to two North Sea oil-and-gas rigs before returning to Sumburgh. The aircraft was on approach to… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Aug-13

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American Eurocopter announces deadline for 2013 Vision Zero Safety Award

American Eurocopter announces deadline for 2013 Vision Zero Safety Award

American Eurocopter announced that the deadline has been extended until Sept. 7 for nominations for the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, a $10,000 annual prize the company awards to air medical transport organization for innovative measures taken to improve aviation safety. The award was established by American Eurocopter to promote and recognize a higher level of… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 25-Aug-13

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NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

 NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley’s… Read more »

Source: NASA, 22-Aug-13

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NFC Partners for New Course in Underwater Egress/Survival with NVGs

NFC Partners for New Course in Underwater Egress/Survival with NVGs

Night Flight Concepts® is pleased to announce their partnership with Bolo3 Group. Recognized as leaders in their field, the pairing of the experience and services offered by both companies has created a unique, water safety course for helicopter pilots and crewmembers. Operator Conducts Practical Egress/Survival Training with Bolo3 Group The Underwater Egress Training for NVG… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 21-Aug-13

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Hampton Roads Charter Service sued over fatal R66 accident

Hampton Roads Charter Service sued over fatal R66 accident

A Virginia woman sued over a helicopter crash last month in northeastern Pennsylvania that killed her young son and four others, saying a charter company “negligently and recklessly” allowed a pilot to fly when he was not fully trained.  see full story HeliHub accident page – see 27-Jul-13 N646AG Robinson R66 Tunkhannock, US-Pennsylvania (5F) Premilinary NTSB… Read more »

21-Aug-13

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HAI Rotor Safety Challenge Sessions

HAI Rotor Safety Challenge Sessions

At HAI HELI-EXPO 2013, HAI debuted the Rotor Safety Challenge, a program of free safety education sessions for Expo attendees. Included were 39 one-hour sessions in four safety tracks: Safety Management, Flight Operations, Maintenance/Technical Issues, and Safety Culture/Leadership. This year, the Rotor Safety Challenge sessions will take place on February 25 and 26, 2014, between… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Aug-13

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Bristow Academy to recognize Michael Campbell today

Bristow Academy to recognize Michael Campbell today

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc., will present an award to Michael Campbell, the helicopter pilot who safely landed his helicopter near the 79th Street Boat Basin in New York City on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Michael is a graduate of Bristow Academy. The award presentation will occur on Friday, August 9,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Academy, 09-Aug-13

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PNG helicopter pilot held up and robbed

PNG helicopter pilot held up and robbed

A helicopter operator in Papua New Guinea has suspended all flights in a particular area after a pilot and crew were held up and robbed by a gang. Heli Solutions will no longer fly in the Kagua district in PNG’s Southern Highlands after the incident which happned while they were on a task supporting the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-EROM), whilst taking off, the helicopter rolled onto its right side at Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey, 11 April 2013 Robinson R44 II Raven II (G-MRRY), loss of control on the ground, Denham Airfield, Buckinghamshire,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 08-Aug-13

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IHST to host Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium following Heli-Expo 2014

IHST to host Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium following Heli-Expo 2014

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will host its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals on Feb. 27-28, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif., immediately following the close of Heli-Expo 2014. The symposium will focus on the importance of helicopter pilot self-discipline and personal responsibility.  In addition to international aviation safety experts participating on panels during… Read more »

Source: IHST, 07-Aug-13

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Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

State Senator Tom Ivester is considering a recommendation from the University of Oklahoma’s emergency medicine department, which says accreditation should be mandatory for medical helicopter companies. Now, accreditation is voluntary – see full story

Source: Claims Journal, 07-Aug-13

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Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

This is an extract from the Bristow quarterly financial report Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225 that occurred in 2012. This determination has been reviewed and verified by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Aug-13

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HAI President Message – Land the Damn Helicopter!

HAI President Message – Land the Damn Helicopter!

So, how is your day going? Mine was not that great. I spent it reading National Transportation Safety Board helicopter accident reports. I don’t know about you, but my level of frustration is at an all-time high. There were no surprises. No one has yet invented a new way to crash helicopters. The reports noted… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-13

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SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir, Africa’s largest oil and gas helicopter operator, has become the first operator to resume passenger transportation flights with the suspended EC225 fleet. Three flights were performed successfully with two EC225s from Luanda to two offshore platforms. Based in Angola, SonAir is the aviation division of Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company. Its resumption of EC225… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Aug-13

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Safety Workshops during Helitech International 2013

Safety Workshops during Helitech International 2013

The European Helicopter Safety team and International Helicopter Safety Team are proud to present Safety Workshops open to all Helitech International 2013 registrants at the Excel Conference Centre in London. The workshops will be presented by experts from all areas of the helicopter industry: Day 1 (24 September 2013) will focus on Training, Maintenance and… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 01-Aug-13

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EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed LLC has entered the second level of the voluntary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS), demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to advancements in safety. The critical care air medical transport company began working with the FAA on the process more than 18 months ago. By adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 01-Aug-13

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Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

The families of two men killed in the first Robinson R66 helicopter to ever crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit (case number BC514477) in Los Angeles Superior Court through their attorneys, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. The lawsuit alleges that shortly after takeoff the R66 experienced a mechanical malfunction and uncontrollable loss of power during normal… Read more »

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Jul-13

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HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly…. Read more »

Source: HSSG, 11-Jul-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2013

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, 11-Jul-13

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EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

Following publication of an airworthiness directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Super Puma helicopters on 9 July 2013, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will subsequently amend its operational restriction on the helicopter type, allowing each aircraft to return to service once the requirements of the EASA directive are met. EASA is… Read more »

Source: UK CAA and others, 10-Jul-13

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Fourth training accident in 30 months for Upper Limit Aviation

Fourth training accident in 30 months for Upper Limit Aviation

Yesterday saw a Robinson R22 of Upper Limit Aviation suffer an accident on a training flight in mountainous terrain – see 08-Jul-13 N712U Robinson R22B American Fork Canyon, US-Utah. The instructor and student have been seriously injured. Our database now shows nine accidents for Upper Limit Aviation. Four of these have occurred since March 2011. The oldest… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-13

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Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?

Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?

Hear a Flight Plan podcast about how the steep learning curve for constantly evolving avionics and ATC technologies can have safety implications When Jim Lara had a new up-to-date avionics suite installed in his Baron last December, he faced a task even more daunting than selecting, installing and paying for the glass cockpit components: learning how to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 04-Jul-13

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