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Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

Eurocopter promulgate Bond fuel gauge issue to worldwide EC135 fleet

We note that Eurocopter has today issued a Safety Information Notice 2673-S-28 to operators of the EC135 across the world confirming that some of their aircraft have a fault in the fuel indication and alert system which means that warning system may not work properly.  This was a fault discovered by Bond during normal service operations on Wednesday 11th,… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 16-Dec-13

BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

In response to Bond Air Services decision to ground its fleet of EC 135s, BALPA said: “Pilots are looking to the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take charge and provide the industry with the information that has informed the decision to ground the Bond EC-135 fleet. Flight safety… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 13-Dec-13

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Bond Air Services grounds EC135, then back in air within hours

Bond Air Services grounds EC135, then back in air within hours

Bond Air Services, the operator of the Scottish Police EC135 which had a tragic accident on 29th November, issued the following statement on Thursday 12th:- “During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet has experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation. Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-13

FAA Obstructive Sleep Apnea Issues

FAA Obstructive Sleep Apnea Issues

On Thursday, December 12, at 12 Noon EST, please join the FAA for a webinar hosted by Fred Tilton, MD, Federal Air Surgeon, who will discuss modifications to the FAA’s sleep apnea policy and processes. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that disrupts an individual’s normal sleep cycle. True to its name, it is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Dec-13

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350B (G-JESI), cockpit fire in flight, forced landing, Lindley Hall Farm nr Fenny Drayton, 3 August 2013

Source: AAIB, 12-Dec-13

EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed Receives ARGUS Gold Rating for Safety

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has earned an ARGUS Gold Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety. To award a Gold Rating, aviation services company ARGUS International Inc. conducts comprehensive research into numerous databases and other reputable sources. It compiles historical safety ratings, aircraft and pilot background checks, and on-site safety audits to… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Dec-13

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

The AAIB has in the last three hours published an initial summary of their findings to date of the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135 accident in Glasgow on 29th November. The accident killed the pilot from Bond Air Services, and the two police offciers in the helicopter – and a further six on the ground. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

Canada – Fatal June 2012 AS350 crash blamed on inadvertent IMC

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12P0079) into a fatal collision with terrain involving a Eurocopter AS350 operated by Bailey Helicopters Ltd. on 1 June 2012 in Terrace, British Columbia. The helicopter was on a local mountain training flight in daylight conditions under visual flight rules with three crew members on board. Approximately 45… Read more »

Source: TSB, 05-Dec-13

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Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 05-Dec-13

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EHEST publishes Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators

EHEST publishes Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today released a Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators consisting of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), a Guidance Document and an Emergency Response Plan. This Toolkit has been created by the Specialist Team Operations & SMS of EHEST. The SMM Version 1 for Non-Complex operators has been developed with consideration of… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 05-Dec-13

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Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

A further body has been recovered from the Clutha Vaults bar in central Glasgow following the accident involving the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135T2i on Friday evening. This brings the death toll to nine, of which six were in the bar and three in the helicopter – Bond Air Services pilot David Traill and police officers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

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Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Bristow Presents Target Zero at Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium

Centralized Operations Business Unit (COBU) Technical Services Manager Richard Tudge, who is based in Perth, was recently invited to speak at the Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium on Bristow’s Target Zero culture of safety and its safety management system (SMS). The bi-annual event was held in Bali, Indonesia, with 140 delegates representing various civil and military operators… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 02-Dec-13

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Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Is wind turbine radar interference a thing of the past now?

Some offshore operations have in recent years been hampered by radar interference from massive offshore wind farms.  However, it looks like this could soon be history with the following press release from Terma:- Terma’s SCANTER 4002 radar demonstrated exceptional results during a test performed in late 2012 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. with more than 500… Read more »

Source: Terma, 02-Dec-13

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Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

Engine failure caused August 2012 B407 crash in Newfoundland

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0085) into the August 2012 engine failure and hard landing of a Bell 407 helicopter inWabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 12 August 2012, a Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited Bell 407 helicopter was slinging a drill tower approximately 4 nautical miles southwest of Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. At around 1 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, as the helicopter was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-Nov-13

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FAA makes recommendations for rotorcraft during icing/snowy conditions

FAA makes recommendations for rotorcraft during icing/snowy conditions

FAA Aviation Safety SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN SUBJ: Recommendations for Rotorcraft During Icing/Snowy Conditions SAIB: SW-08-03R4 Date: November 26, 2013 This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory. Introduction As a continued emphasis on rotorcraft and icing conditions, this Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners and operators of turboshaft-powered rotorcraft, of the possibility of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 26-Nov-13

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Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Unite union denies North Sea helicopter campaign is a cheap stunt

Safety consultant Ronnie  McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite.  See full story

Source: STV, 21-Nov-13

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ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE endangered helicopter pilots, federal probe says

ORNGE failed to ensure the safety of its helicopter operations and endangered its pilots, federal investigators say in a damning indictment that orders immediate changes at the medical transport agency. See full story

Source: Toronto Star, 20-Nov-13

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Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Australia – new proposals for VFR flights in dark night conditions

Aerial work and private flights were permitted under the visual flight rules in dark night conditions, which are effectively the same as instrument meteorological conditions, but without sufficient requirements for proficiency checks and recent experience to enable flight solely by reference to the flight instruments. Response to safety issue by: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Nov-13

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19 storey apartment block planned next to London Heliport in Battersea

19 storey apartment block planned next to London Heliport in Battersea

Architect Will Alsop is apparently all set to submit plans for a 19-storey residential scheme next to the London Heliport in Battersea. See full story

Source: Prime Resi, 18-Nov-13

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HAI Takes Safety to Mexico City

HAI Takes Safety to Mexico City

HAI’s director of safety outreach programs, Stan Rose, and Jose Orozco, HAI’s safety programs coordinator, are in Mexico City were they took part in the 7th Annual Safety Meeting for Aeronautical Pilots from November 12-13, hosted by HAI Affiliate Member Colegio de Pilotos Aviadores de Mexico, A.C. Increased demand and use of rotorcraft in Mexico… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Nov-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 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, 14-Nov-13

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Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Sources say the suit will contain bombshell claims — including questioning whether the passenger was at the controls when the AS355 crashed.  See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

Source: Vogue, 11-Nov-13

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Eurocopter Canada presents the “Innovation in Safety” award

Eurocopter Canada presents the “Innovation in Safety” award

The 2013 winner of Eurocopter Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award is Mr. Paul Spring, President of Phoenix Heli-Flight, following a review of nominees by a helicopter industry committee.  Active in the industry for over 37 years, Spring is an early adopter of innovative safety management systems in Canada helicopter operations and a strong advocate for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 11-Nov-13

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Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

Robinson and film producer sued by victim’s relatives over low-level R44 crash and burn-out

The family of a passenger killed in an R44 crash during the production of the documentary “DeepSea Challenge” has filed a wrongful death suit against James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment as well as Robinson and others.  See full story More information on the safety page for this accident – 04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)… Read more »

Source: Variety, 06-Nov-13

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UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

UK union launches “Back Home Safe” North Sea safety campaign

Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea.  The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-13

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Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Designer’s concept presented for Offshore memorial (including Cougar 491)

Family members gathered at Quidi Vidi Lake, the site of the future memorial to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes, as the designer’s concept for the monument was presented. The proposal, put forward by artist Luben Boykov and landscape architect Frederick Hann, was chosen through competition by a committee of… Read more »

Source: Newfoundland Government, 05-Nov-13

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FAA says gadgets are safe on aircraft after all

FAA says gadgets are safe on aircraft after all

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance. Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Nov-13

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2014 Call for Papers Issued

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2014 Call for Papers Issued

The call for papers for the 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit has been released. Industry professionals interested in presenting at the CHC Safety & Quality Summit may now submit abstracts for the event.  The tenth-annual summit will be held March 31- April 2 at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver. The 2014 summit will… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Oct-13

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Sumburgh AS332L2 accident – seriously injured oil worker instructs lawyers

Sumburgh AS332L2 accident – seriously injured oil worker instructs lawyers

An offshore oil worker seriously injured in a fatal Super Puma helicopter crash off the coast of Shetland in August has spoken of his need for answers about the cause of the tragedy, as a memorial service is held to remember those who died in the incident. James Nugent, 41, from Newquay, suffered a spinal… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 28-Oct-13

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26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

Engine failure on training flight, helicopter damaged in emergency landing in field.  Highway Patrol report shows no injuries to Michael Hagus and minor injuries not requiring medical help to Jeff Noack

26-Oct-13

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MedFlight of Ohio uses American Eurocopter safety prize well

MedFlight of Ohio uses American Eurocopter safety prize well

One year ago, MedFlight of Ohio was awarded the 2012 American EurocopterVision Zero Aviation Safety Award, a $10,000 prize given to assist the winning air medical transport program with developing safety initiatives. MedFlight has put its prize to good use expanding its library of Safety Stories, a collection of online videos designed to serve as discussion points for air… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-13

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Honeywell completes testing of Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone

Honeywell completes testing of Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone

 In a major contribution to advancements in helicopter safety, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Aerospace has completed successful testing of a newly designed Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB) that enables helicopter operators to integrate multiple types of sensors with Honeywell’s Synthetic Vision System to provide pilots with a 3-D view of the outside world in degraded visual environments (DVE)…. Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 22-Oct-13

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Fatal accident of Hospital Wing AS350B3 in Tennessee

Fatal accident of Hospital Wing AS350B3 in Tennessee

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-13

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HeliExperts releases Heliport Risk and Liability Assessment Toolkit

HeliExperts releases Heliport Risk and Liability Assessment Toolkit

Over the weekend HeliExperts International LLC unveiled a new “Heliport Risk and Liability Assessment Toolkit” to the rotary wing community at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference.  This new heliport risk assessment program is centered around 15 specific categories that are based on FAA, NFPA and OSHA regulations and guidelines as well as industry best… Read more »

Source: HeliExperts, 22-Oct-13

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Statement from Oil & Gas UK on AAIB Special Bulletin

Statement from Oil & Gas UK on AAIB Special Bulletin

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has issued Special Bulletin S7/2013 as part of its on-going investigation into the tragic L2 helicopter accident on 23 August 2013 off Sumburgh Head, Shetland. The bulletin states that “to date, the wreckage examination and analysis of the recorded data have not found any evidence of a technical fault… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 21-Oct-13

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HSSG response to AAIB special bulletin

HSSG response to AAIB special bulletin

The AAIB  has issued a second special bulletin as part of its on-going investigation into the tragic helicopter accident on 23rd August off Sumburgh Head. Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes this second bulletin and acknowledges the additional information that it contains. The first bulletin from the AAIB issued on 5th September… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 21-Oct-13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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