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Bell to appeal $21.7M court judgement

Bell to appeal $21.7M court judgement

A Kentucky jury has decided that Bell must pay $21.7 million to the three families of the victims of a fatal crash in June 2013. The helicopter crashed feet from a helipad in an elementary school parking lots. The pilot, Eddy Sizemore and both paramedics Herman Dobbs and Jesse Jones were all killed. The representative… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

HAI welcomes new NTSB chairman

HAI welcomes new NTSB chairman

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to congratulate the Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, who the U.S. Senate confirmed as the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday. “We could not be happier with Mr. Sumwalt’s confirmation,” says Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “We have been pleased with the leadership the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Aug-17

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Cape May’s mosquito helicopter grounded

Cape May’s mosquito helicopter grounded

Cape May County lost air superiority over mosquitoes this week with the grounding of its second helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Press Of Atlantic City, 29-Apr-15

7 Safety Tips That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Follow

7 Safety Tips That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Follow

Summertime flight operations are coming in North America and Europe, and for helicopter pilots, this usually means an upward spike in accidents. When warmer weather arrives in May, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise right along with them. In addition, fatal accidents reach their peak in the “dog days” of… Read more »

Source: IHST, 28-Apr-15

What does ZERO look like in a safety program?

What does ZERO look like in a safety program?

The U.S. helicopter industry has many unique safety programs – – “Vision ZERO,” “Target Zero,” “Destination Zero,” “Safety First,” and many others.  The key to the success of a safety program- – especially one with a goal of zero – – is to implement it as a vital component to an organizational culture. Nulli Secundus… Read more »

Source: USHST, 23-Apr-15

EagleMed President Reassures Oklahoma Hospital That Service Safe

EagleMed President Reassures Oklahoma Hospital That Service Safe

The leader of an air medical transport company with four fatal crashes in Oklahoma in the last five years assured McAlester Regional Health Center officials last week that the helicopter service is safe. See Full Story

Source: Times Record, 07-Apr-15

Trial date for January 2013 crash of a Mercy Air Med pushed back to 2016

Trial date for January 2013 crash of a Mercy Air Med pushed back to 2016

A trial date in a federal lawsuit involving the January 2013 crash of a Mercy Air Med helicopter has been pushed back to next year. See Full Story

Source: Globe Gazette, 18-Mar-15

New NTSB Chair Sets Priorities

New NTSB Chair Sets Priorities

Christopher Hart was confirmed last week as NTSB chairman, and he discussed his priorities for the safety agency at a Washington Aero Club luncheon last week. Chairman Hart wants to redesign the way the agency conducts investigations “from scratch.” He said the main focus of the redesign will have two parts, including incorporating “major IT… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Mar-15

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HAI puts on Safety Double-Header at Heli-Expo

HAI puts on Safety Double-Header at Heli-Expo

You’ve planned to attend the HAI Safety Symposium (NTSB – Managing Risk in Public Helicopter Operations) from 8:00–10:00 in room S310 on Mon., March 2 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2015. Be sure to also add to your diary, and attend, the Safety Directors Forum (Your Helicopter Crashed – Now What?) right after, from 10:30–12:00 in room S230C. Presented by Clint Johnson,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Feb-15

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NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

NTSB: Icing caused fatal Mercy Air Med crash

Icing was the probable cause of a Mercy Air Med helicopter crash near Ventura that killed three people on Jan. 2, 2013, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. See Full Story.

Source: Globe Gazette, 17-Feb-15

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Enstrom lost blades before fatal crash

Enstrom lost blades before fatal crash

The helicopter that crashed in Erie last week — killing both people on board — lost its main rotor after coming in for a landing at a “steep angle,” according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. See Full Story

Source: Daily Camera, 05-Feb-15

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Enhancing Public Helicopter Safety is on NTSB “Top 10” list for 2015

Enhancing Public Helicopter Safety is on NTSB “Top 10” list for 2015

What is the issue? The safety of public helicopter operations is often overlooked. Every day, hundreds of federal, state, and local helicopter pilots fly emergency medical service, law enforcement support, and search and rescue missions, as well as a host of other public operations. The public trusts these operators and relies on them to conduct… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 15-Jan-15

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Metro Aviation Completes STC to meet FAA Mandates for the AS350B3

Metro Aviation Completes STC to meet FAA Mandates for the AS350B3

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast or ADS-B is a hot topic in the aviation industry.  Operators have been diligently working to equip their fleets with the required equipment to meet the FAA’s 2020 deadline, and Metro Aviation recently made the requirement a possibility for AS350B3 operators. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jan-15

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Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

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

Source: AJC, 07-Nov-14

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NTSB Sued for Obstruction of Justice

NTSB Sued for Obstruction of Justice

Families of those involved in five different general aviation crashes and their lawyer are suing the NTSB, charging it with obstruction of justice. See Full Story

Source: Aviation Law Monitor, 18-Sep-14

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NTSB Solicits Public Comments on its Proposed Rulemaking To Update Investigation Procedures

NTSB Solicits Public Comments on its Proposed Rulemaking To Update Investigation Procedures

The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that it has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment regarding proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. The rules are laid out in 49 C.F.R. part 831. In the NPRM, the NTSB proposes organizing its investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Aug-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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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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It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

I arrived in the nation’s capital over two decades ago as a college intern believing that government can do important work on behalf of the citizens of this great country.  After nearly 10 years at the National Transportation Safety Board, I will depart Washington with the knowledge that the traveling public is the beneficiary of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced recently that she will leave the board at the end of April to become the next president and CEO of the National Safety Council. HAI President Matt Zuccaro noted: “Deborah Hersman has been a dedicated and effective leader for the improvement of safety in all modes… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Mar-14

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Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and the men and women of the NTSB, I want to offer my congratulations to Chairman Hersman on her new position as President and CEO at the National Safety Council. I have had the privilege of working with Debbie at the NTSB for nearly five years and know… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Friday appealing a decision by an NTSB Administrative Law Judge in the civil penalty case, Huerta v. Pirker.  They announced that “The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Mar-14

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NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

Senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a training session about the lessons that have been learned from several recent helicopter accident investigations at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., next week. Investigators will present case studies that emphasize NTSB safety recommendations related to helicopter maintenance, flight simulators, and… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 22-Feb-14

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NTSB adds Helicopter Safety to top 10 Most Wanted list

NTSB adds Helicopter Safety to top 10 Most Wanted list

The National Transportation Safety Board today released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for 2014, which for the first time includes improving operational safety in rail mass transit. Millions of Americans rely on commuter rail, subways and light rail for their daily commute. The NTSB in… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 17-Jan-14

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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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“Head for home in IMC” – contributed to two fatal EMS accidents

“Head for home in IMC” – contributed to two fatal EMS accidents

The NTSB has cited the pilot’s decision to fly into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) as the probable cause of two fatal crashes in late 2009 and early 2010 of emergency medical services (EMS) helicopters.  see full story

Source: Flight Safety Foundation, 14-Jun-13

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HAI enlists industry help to stop amendment SA2060

HAI enlists industry help to stop amendment SA2060

One of the measures on tap for the U.S. Congress’s lame duck session is to pass a bill that would reform the Postal Service (S.1789), due to its serious financial issues. However, the bill contains an amendment (SA2060) that would permit all federal agencies to attend only one association meeting per year. The category of “association meetings”… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Nov-12

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FAA and industry share safety data with NTSB

FAA and industry share safety data with NTSB

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), airlines and aviation labor unions today announced a partnership with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to share summarized safety information that could help prevent accidents. The information, shared through an initiative called the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) Executive Board, will help the NTSB… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Nov-12

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HAI Safety Committee Advisor to head NTSB Alaska office

HAI Safety Committee Advisor to head NTSB Alaska office

On Sept. 24, NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman named senior air safety investigator Clinton O. Johnson as Chief of the Office of Aviation Safety’s Anchorage, Alaska Regional Office. “It gives me great pleasure to announce Clint’s selection to head the Anchorage office,” said Chairman Hersman. “Clint has deep roots in Alaska and has distinguished himself… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Sep-12

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NTSB to participate in AirVenture at Oshkosh

NTSB to participate in AirVenture at Oshkosh

This week senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will provide 20 presentations on a variety of aviation safety issues at AirVenture 2012, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The NTSB has added new emphasis to general aviation as a safety advocacy priority. Last year general aviation safety was added… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 23-Jul-12

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NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Limitations of In-Cockpit Weather Radar Displays

NTSB Issues Safety Alert on Limitations of In-Cockpit Weather Radar Displays

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots using in-cockpit FIS-B and Satellite Weather display systems that the NEXRAD “age indicator” can be misleading. The actual NEXRAD data can be as much as 20 minutes older than the age indication on the display in the cockpit. If misinterpreted, this… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 21-Jun-12

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New head of NTSB Office of Aviation Safety named

New head of NTSB Office of Aviation Safety named

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman announced the selection of John DeLisi as the new Director of the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). Mr. DeLisi will assume his new position on June 2, 2012 following the retirement of Tom Haueter, the current director. “It gives me great pleasure to announce John’s selection… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-May-12

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Cognitive Interviewing and Aviation Accident Investigation Courses Offered by NTSB

Cognitive Interviewing and Aviation Accident Investigation Courses Offered by NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering three courses in the coming months at its training center just outside Washington, D.C. Slots are still available in the two-day COGNITIVE INTERVIEWING FOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS course (June 19-20), which provides participants with the tools to conduct sound investigative interviews of participants in, and witnesses to, transportation incidents… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-May-12

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NTSB Safety Recommendations on Amateur-Built Aircraft

NTSB Safety Recommendations on Amateur-Built Aircraft

A gap in safety between experimental and certificated aircraft is widest on the first flight, and the early hours of flying in a new pilot’s hands. That is among the conclusions of a detailed analysis released by the NTSB on May 22 along with a set of recommended changes approved unanimously by the board. Working… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-May-12

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ARSA suggests changes to NTSB certificate review actions

ARSA suggests changes to NTSB certificate review actions

ARSA submitted comments to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the rules of practice in air safety proceedings. ARSA’s comments propose changes that would bring balance to FAA certificate actions by giving a repair station greater ability to defend itself in the face of agency actions, when appealed to the NTSB…. Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Apr-12

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NTSB Chairman supports National Sleep Awareness Week

NTSB Chairman supports National Sleep Awareness Week

For decades, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated accidents and incidents, across all modes of transportation where fatigue was a causal or contributory factor. National Sleep Awareness Week (March 5-9) and the start of daylight savings time on Sunday, reminds transportation operators and the public to focus on fatigue. “While alcohol is often… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 06-Mar-12

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NTSB Chairman to deliver keynote address at Heli-Expo

NTSB Chairman to deliver keynote address at Heli-Expo

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address during the HAI annual general membership meeting, Sunday, February 12, 2012, at HELI-EXPO® in Dallas, HAI President Matt Zuccaro has confirmed. “We’re looking forward to hearing Chairman Hersman’s thoughts on how we can continue to improve helicopter safety,” said Zuccaro. “While we’re… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Feb-12

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NTSB completes data collection on experimental – amateur built aircraft accidents

NTSB completes data collection on experimental – amateur built aircraft accidents

Throughout the 2011 calendar year, the National Transportation Safety Board has been conducting a study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 26-Jan-12

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NTSB Chairman to deliver keynote address at Heli-Expo

NTSB Chairman to deliver keynote address at Heli-Expo

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address during the HAI annual general membership meeting, Sunday, February 12, 2012, at HELI-EXPO® in Dallas, HAI President Matt Zuccaro has confirmed. “We’re looking forward to hearing Chairman Hersman’s thoughts on how we can continue to improve helicopter safety,” said Zuccaro. “While we’re… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Jan-12

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 26-Nov-11 N5016M Bell 206B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On December 26, 2011, at 0554 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N5016M, operated by SK Logistics, d.b.a. SK… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Jan-12

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Lawsuit filed in fatal Sundance crash by Kansas City attorney

Lawsuit filed in fatal Sundance crash by Kansas City attorney

The first wrongful death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Nevada on behalf of the families of a honeymooning couple from India killed in a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter crash that also took the lives of the pilot and a Kansas couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. (see full story)

Source: Kansas City Star, 15-Dec-11

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NTSB: Sundance AS350 was off-route in low-light conditions

NTSB: Sundance AS350 was off-route in low-light conditions

The NTSB preliminary report cites the following factors which they evidently see as very important in this stage of their investigation (1) the impact location in a narrow ravine (2) the non-standard routing taken by the pilot (3) dusk light conditions Check out the details in the Preliminary report Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 07-Dec-11 N37SH Eurocopter AS350B2

NTSB Preliminary Report – 07-Dec-11 N37SH Eurocopter AS350B2

On December 7, 2011 at 1630 Pacific Standard Time, a Eurocopter AS350-B2, registration N37SH, operated by Sundance Helicopters as flight Landmark 57, crashed in mountainous terrain approximately 14 miles east of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 14 CFR Part 135 flight was a tourist sightseeing flight, which departed from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (LAS), Las… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Dec-11

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NTSB to Hold Public Hearing on Air Race and Air Show Safety

NTSB to Hold Public Hearing on Air Race and Air Show Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is holding a hearing on air race and air show safety. The hearing will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, and all five Board members will participate. During the one-day meeting, the Board will gather information on the safety regulations and oversight in the planning and execution… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Dec-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 24-Nov-11 N821JV Robinson R44

NTSB Preliminary Report – 24-Nov-11 N821JV Robinson R44

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On November 24, 2011, approximately 1900 central standard time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N821JV, sustained substantial damage when… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Dec-11

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NTSB has 12-member team for fatal Sundance AS350 accident in Nevada

NTSB has 12-member team for fatal Sundance AS350 accident in Nevada

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a 12-member Go-Team to investigate the crash of a helicopter on a sight-seeing tour that occurred near Las Vegas at about 5:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Preliminary reports indicate that all five persons on board the helicopter were fatally injured. Senior Air Safety Investigator Bill English will serve… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 09-Dec-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

NTSB Preliminary Report 15-Nov-11 N502AW Bell UH-1

On November 15, 2011, at 0837 mountain standard time, a restricted category Williams Helicopter Corporation, UH-1H, N502AW, experienced a loss of power, made a hard landing, and came to rest on its right side about 3 miles northwest of the Valle Airport (40G), Grand Canyon, Arizona. The pilot operated the helicopter under the provisions of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 24-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 10-Nov-11 N11QV Eurocopter EC130

NTSB Preliminary Report – 10-Nov-11 N11QV Eurocopter EC130

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On November 10, 2011, about 1214 Hawaiian standard time, a Eurocopter EC 130 B4, N11QV, collided with mountainous terrain… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 18-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 05-Nov-11 N413RM Robinson R22

NTSB Preliminary Report – 05-Nov-11 N413RM Robinson R22

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On November 5, 2011, about 1620 eastern standard time, a Robinson R22 BETA, N413RM, operated by Ocean Helicopters Inc.,… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 18-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130

NTSB Preliminary Report – 03-Nov-11 N130AL Eurocopter EC130

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On November 3, 2011, about 1815 eastern standard time, N130AL, a Eurocopter EC 130 B4, sustained substantial damage during… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 18-Nov-11

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NTSB to assist Mexico in AS332 accident investigation

NTSB to assist Mexico in AS332 accident investigation

At the request of the Mexican Government, the NTSB is sending a team of investigators to assist in their investigation of Friday’s crash of an Aerospatiale AS 332L Super Puma. On November 11, 2011, about 0845 local time, the Eurocopter, enroute from Camp Marte, Mexico to Cuernavaca, Morelos, crashed in a rural area south of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Nov-11

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NTSB announce draft agenda for Public Aircraft Safety Forum

NTSB announce draft agenda for Public Aircraft Safety Forum

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today announced the preliminary agenda for a two-day Public Aircraft Oversight Safety Forum which will begin at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and continue through Thursday, December 1st. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will chair the forum and all five Board Members will participate. The forum is open… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 12-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 29-Oct-11 N165EH Eurocopter AS350B2

NTSB Preliminary Report – 29-Oct-11 N165EH Eurocopter AS350B2

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 29, 2011, about 2009 Alaska daylight time (ADT), a Eurocopter AS350-B2 helicopter, N165EH, sustained substantial damage during… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 07-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 27-Oct-11 N61PJ MD500D

NTSB Preliminary Report – 27-Oct-11 N61PJ MD500D

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 27, 2011, about 1440 Pacific daylight time, a McDonnell Douglas MD-500D helicopter, N61PJ, was substantially damaged during… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 07-Nov-11

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NTSB Factual Report – 15-Oct-11 YV-O-126 Bell 412

NTSB Factual Report – 15-Oct-11 YV-O-126 Bell 412

This is the text from the Factual Report, the contents of which are the responsibility of the NTSB.  As this is not the Final Report, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon:- On October 15, 2011, at 1933 UTC, a Bell 412SP, YV0126, registered to and operated by Electrificacion del… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N3925A Eurocopter EC120B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N3925A Eurocopter EC120B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 4, 2011, approximately 1250 central daylight time, N3925A, a Eurocopter EC120B, sustained substantial damage while making a… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N63Q Bell 206B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 4, 2011, at 1525 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B, N63Q, registered to a private owner, crashed… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

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Disaster response courses offered at NTSB Training Center

Disaster response courses offered at NTSB Training Center

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering two investigative courses and one transportation disaster response course over the next two months at its training center just outside Washington, D.C. The two-day AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FOR AVIATION PROFESSIONALS course (Oct 26-27) provides participants with an overview of how the Safety Board investigates major aircraft accidents and… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 06-Oct-11

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Amateur-build buyer suspended for registration and airworthiness violations

Amateur-build buyer suspended for registration and airworthiness violations

Here’s an interesting, and impactful story of the US legal system proving an amateur-built helicopter was both incorrectly registered and violated certain airworthiness regulations.  The potential exists for the details of this case to be felt wider in the future.  See NTSB statement and comment from Reigel Law Firm.  Actual accident referred to was N75EW… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-11

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FAA Administrator, NTSB Vice Chairman to speak at helicopter safety symposium

FAA Administrator, NTSB Vice Chairman to speak at helicopter safety symposium

Administrator Randy Babbitt of the Federal Aviation Administration and Vice Chairman Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board will be featured speakers at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium taking place in Fort Worth, TX, on Nov. 8-9.  The theme of the fifth annual symposium for the worldwide helicopter industry will be Human Factors: our Collective… Read more »

Source: IHST, 17-Sep-11

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NTSB Vice Chairman in for second term

NTSB Vice Chairman in for second term

Christopher Hart was sworn in today for his second two-year term as NTSB vice chairman. He became a board member for the second time on August 12, 2009, and six days later was designated as vice chairman by President Obama. Vice Chairman Hart had previously served as an NTSB board member from 1990 to 1993…. Read more »

Source: NTSB, 29-Aug-11

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NTSB makes R44 mast bumping recommendations

NTSB makes R44 mast bumping recommendations

The NTSB has issued a long statement of recommendations to the FAA following their investigation of a May 2009 accident to a Robinson R44 operated by Alaska State Troopers.  The recommendations are summarised at the end of the document as:- Therefore, the National Transportation Safety Board makes the following recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration:… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 24-Aug-11

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Deborah Hersman sworn in for second term as NTSB Chairman

Deborah Hersman sworn in for second term as NTSB Chairman

Deborah Hersman was officially sworn in today for a second two-year term as NTSB chairman. She became chairman on July 28, 2009. She was nominated for the second term by President Barack Obama on June 28, 2011, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 2nd. “I am deeply honored to continue serving as chairman… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 18-Aug-11

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NTSB to offer training on emergency communications involved in major aircraft accidents

NTSB to offer training on emergency communications involved in major aircraft accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board is devoting two days at its Training Center to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident. The training will be offered on October 13-14, 2011, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, (near Washington,… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Aug-11

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NTSB offering rotorcraft accident investigation course late August

NTSB offering rotorcraft accident investigation course late August

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering two investigative courses and one transportation disaster response course over the next two months at its training center just outside Washington, D.C. The five-day ROTORCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION course (Aug. 22-26) provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures and methods used and the skills required with all… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 24-Jul-11

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NTSB undertakes comprehensive study of experimental amateur-built aircraft safety

NTSB undertakes comprehensive study of experimental amateur-built aircraft safety

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a study of accidents involving E-AB (sometimes called homebuilt) aircraft in order to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will support the project by hosting a web-based survey for E-AB owners of the aircraft; their survey findings… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 22-Jul-11

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to ALEA

NTSB makes safety recommendations to ALEA

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal government agency charged by the U.S. Congress with investigating transportation accidents, determining their probable cause, and making recommendations to prevent similar accidents from occurring. We are providing the following information to urge your organization to take action on the safety recommendations in this letter…. Read more »

Source: NTSB, 21-Jul-11

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NTSB announces Top 10 critical changes to save lives

NTSB announces Top 10 critical changes to save lives

Top 10 critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today announced its new list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety and save lives. The new “Most Wanted List” highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide. The announcement… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 27-Jun-11

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NTSB puts New Mexico AW109E blame on pilot error and State Police policies

NTSB puts New Mexico AW109E blame on pilot error and State Police policies

An investigation of a fatal helicopter crash in the mountains above Santa Fe nearly two years ago has found blame with both the pilot and the state police organization he worked for

25-May-11

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Metal fatigue blamed for 2009 helicopter accident at Turtle Bay

Metal fatigue blamed for 2009 helicopter accident at Turtle Bay

Metal fatigue probably caused a left rear landing skid strut to collapse on a helicopter operated by K&S Helicopters Inc. at the Turtle Bay Resort Heliport in 2009, according to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation.  HeliHub.com accident report page at 20-Nov-09 N551CR MD Helicopters MD369E Oahu, US-Hawaii

Source: Star Advertiser, 24-May-11

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NTSB issues safety alert on unmarked weather observation towers

NTSB issues safety alert on unmarked weather observation towers

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots of low-flying aircraft about the dangers associated with unmarked towers built to record weather observations. The Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs), many of which fall just below the 200-foot Federal Aviation Administration threshold for obstruction markings, can be difficult to see from the… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 13-Mar-11

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NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

The National Transportation Safety Board, Angel Flight, and  Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold a  volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at the NTSB  Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on March 25, 2011. Below is the seminar’s agenda: Keynote Address: Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board 9:00-9:30 am. Sessions: NTSB · Four… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Mar-11

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NTSB establishes presence on YouTube and Twitter

NTSB establishes presence on YouTube and Twitter

The National Transportation Safety Board has established a Twitter account and a YouTube channel as the Safety Board broadens its communication efforts by moving into social media. The handle for the Twitter account is “ntsb” (www.twitter.com/ntsb). The YouTube channel is “ntsbgov” (http://www.youtube.com/ntsbgov). “Transparency and open government are key components of NTSB’s agenda to improve transportation… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Feb-11

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Safety concerns of US Government planes and helicopters

Safety concerns of US Government planes and helicopters

Most would think government aircraft are some of the safest in the country. As it turns out, this is likely not the case. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates airlines, lacks the authority to regulate the safety of aircraft operated by state and local governments or other… Read more »

Source: The Edwards Law Firm, 06-Feb-11

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NTSB study shows airbags can provide protection in GA accidents

NTSB study shows airbags can provide protection in GA accidents

Today the National Transportation Safety Board adopted a study that concluded that general aviation (GA) airplanes equipped with airbags provide additional protection to occupants in accidents involving survivable forward impacts. Airbags are designed to mitigate head and upper body injuries and are installed in the lap belt or shoulder harness portions of the restraint system…. Read more »

Source: NTSB, 12-Jan-11

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