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New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

The CAA proposes the following new Airworthiness Directive requiring the replacement of aluminium fuel tanks on Robinson R44 series aircraft with new bladder-type tanks of improved resistance to post-accident rupture. The AD is prompted by reports of three Robinson R44 accidents in Australia involving fuel tank ruptures and fires. These accidents resulted in the loss… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 11-Apr-13

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Hiller UH-12 B (N38763), tail struck ground during landing, Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, 4 August 2012

Source: AAIB, 11-Apr-13

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Bell Drives Industry Focus on Safety Through New Safety Symposiums

Bell Drives Industry Focus on Safety Through New Safety Symposiums

A new initiative for Bell Helicopter in 2013, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on key safety practices and applications to implement into their daily operations. The effort is tied in part to Bell Helicopter’s participation in the International Helicopter Safety Team’s mission to achieve an 80 percent reduction in the rate of international… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Apr-13

FAA Extends Tower Closure Date

FAA Extends Tower Closure Date

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. This additional… Read more »

Source: FAA, 08-Apr-13

Oil support Mi-8 down in Peru – 13 fatalities

Oil support Mi-8 down in Peru – 13 fatalities

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, 08-Apr-13

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Robinson R44 helicopters that have not been fitted with upgraded fuel tanks face being grounded from 30 April 2013. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a direction to all affected R44 helicopter operators about the installation of flexible fuel tanks to reduce the risk of post-accident fires. CASA has made it clear that R44… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 05-Apr-13

No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Scottish Crown Office, 05-Apr-13

Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

Miami-Dade Police have today issued a statement naming Mark Palmieri, aged 53, as the deceased pilot of the R44 which came down in a fatal crash close to Tamiami Airport yesterday. Palmieri was the owner of Bravo Helicopters, which was based at the airport. There is no indication at this time as to the cause… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-13

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Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

Step Change in Safety has published its 2013 Annual Update report and has called on the UK oil and gas industry to continue its focus on improving safety performance. The report reviews the organisation’s achievements over the last year and identifies where it will focus its attention in future. Highlights include: The launch of the Workforce Engagement Toolkit –… Read more »

Source: Step Change, 04-Apr-13

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Japanese STC for AW139 firefighting belly tank system

Japanese STC for AW139 firefighting belly tank system

The new Simplex Fire Attack system has a 480 gallon (1,817 liter) water capacity, and is the lightest belly tank system per gallon of capacity on the market today. The system also has an approved maximum speed of 150 KIAS without the hover pump installed (140 KIAS with hover pump installed),making it the fastest helicopter… Read more »

Source: Simplex Aerospace, 02-Apr-13

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NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

Technically not “safety recommendations” but the latter part of the investigation report into the accident of Bell LongRanger ZK-ISF in January 2011 pulls no punches on what helicopter pilots should consider when flying over water. The pilot was not wearing a life jacket, and was in the water over two hours before being rescued. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Mar-13

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Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

It was announced today, Monday 25 March, that Bristow Helicopters has become a full member of Step Change In Safety. The role of Step Change in Safety has become even more important in recent months with its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) playing a vital role in keeping the industry informed following two related controlled… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 26-Mar-13

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NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today released the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) decision to proceed with the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities across the United States, to comply with “sequestration,” or mandatory budget curtailments required of federal agencies:… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 25-Mar-13

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R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

An R44 that burst into flames when it crashed south of Sydney, killing four people, was fitted with older-style fuel tanks known to pose a fire hazard (See Full Story).

Source: The Australian, 25-Mar-13

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ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

The Australian investigation authority ATSB has issued their final report on the fatal R22 accident on 3rd October last year which occurred 130 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia. The summary is a blunt reminder of issues with confined areas, light levels etc What happened On 3 October 2012 the pilots of two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-13

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Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Crown Office, 22-Mar-13

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Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

The third round of tests at Eurocopter – which focused on the bevel gear shaft – is complete. The investigation timetable is proceeding according to plan, with each step bringing us closer to the probable causes and solutions. The investigation results are currently being analyzed and will be reported by Eurocopter in accordance with the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Mar-13

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North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

… reports about North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets because their average weight over the last few years had increased so much (see full story)

Source: Decoded Science, 19-Mar-13

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Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report after an accident that occurred on 6 September 2011 in Ånn, close to Åre, involving a Norwegian helicopter with the registration LN-OAB. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 Astro, was taking off for a private flight with three people onboard when the engine… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Mar-13

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AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

A team of longtime helicopter and fire/rescue industry professionals have joined forces to enhance safety and training opportunities for companies, pilots and crewmembers alike. Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC (AH+RT), based in Portland, Ore., provides comprehensive training services covering a variety of rotary wing, aerial firefighting and technical rescue skill sets. The company also… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 15-Mar-13

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IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is adding additional focus to its safety efforts in the U.S. helicopter community by designating two of its current executives to lead the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and concentrate solely on safety issues within the U.S. civil helicopter community.  This team will be co-chaired by industry and… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Mar-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 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-Mar-13

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Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

As part of a move to better coordinate its air medical services, Carilion Clinic is building hangars and other facilities for emergency helicopters based at Lexington and Smith Mountain Lake. Construction will begin later this month on a hangar, crew quarters and offices on a half-acre site behind Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, the… Read more »

Source: Carilion, 13-Mar-13

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions… Read more »

Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, 13-Mar-13

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Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed with Antipodean Aviation of Australia to offer survival training in emergency water landings for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The course covers pre-flight planning and emergency water landing techniques, as well as escape from a submerged aircraft cabin and sea survival techniques, including life preserver and life raft familiarization, and… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 13-Mar-13

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Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an enhanced relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry.  Bell Helicopter is the exclusive sponsor in the development of PSAAC’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

March 2013 has not started off well from the point of view of accident statistics, with seven fatal accidents in the first nine days.  HeliHub.com carries extensive coverage of helicopter safety data and has included the following in recent reports 09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F) 07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F) 05-Mar-13… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-13

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Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the handover of an AW109 Power to Executive HeliShares, a Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc. Company, located in Van Nuys, California.  Executive HeliShares has selected the AW109 Power and GrandNew product lines as the VIP platforms of choice for their exclusive Fractional Ownership Program on the West… Read more »

Source: Executive Helishares, 09-Mar-13

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Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air medical transport services, has ordered its 14th EC135 helicopter from American Eurocopterec135-med-trans-florida1 in the last six months. American Eurocopter announced the latest order Thursday at the Heli-Expo 2013 trade show in Las Vegas. The order, along with three others placed in December, is part of an agreement with… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 09-Mar-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is proud to be the first helicopter operator to become a full member of Step Change In Safety. Step Change In Safety was founded in 1997 by the principal oil and gas industry trade associations, with the aim of making… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 06-Mar-13

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Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace, a worldwide leading specialist aerospace insurer, announced that its cumulative financial investment in aviation safety programs since 2011 now totals more than USD $1.5 million. The company has long been the insurance industry leader in supporting aviation safety initiatives, many funded on behalf of its clients as well as for the aviation industry… Read more »

Source: Global Aerospace, 05-Mar-13

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HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

The National EMS Pilots Association has reached an agreement with HeliHub.com whereby our newsfeed is run on the home page of their website.  The most recent ten news stories on HeliHub.com are available in a tabbed window, updated immediately a new story appears on the HeliHub.com website.   In this role HeliHub.com is appointed as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-13

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ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU announced today that they received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 205A-1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new STC was completed for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department. This aircraft will be used for aerial firefighting, search and rescue, airborne law enforcement and hoist equipmen. “This is the seventh aircraft modification… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Mar-13

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Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Captain Renato Clark as its Operations Director. Clark has more than 25 years of flying and management experience within the Brazilian military and the offshore oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining Helivia, he held key positions with two major… Read more »

Source: Helivia Aero Taxi, 04-Mar-13

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US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budgetary cuts, known as “sequestration”, starts today – 1st March 2013. The FAA needs to reduce its expenditures by about $600 Million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. Among the changes which are likely to impact is a program whereby almost all their 47,000 employees will be forced to take unpaid leave for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-13

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HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

If you are interested in becoming an auditor for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS), please plan to attend the HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at HELI-EXPO 2013 on Wednesday, March 6, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to become familiar with the HAI-APS program, understand its relationship with IS-BAO, review… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-13

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The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn’t provide any additional information. What I now realize is even… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Feb-13

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EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

A German air ambulance helicopter was grounded recently after the pilot suffered a broken leg away from base.    The “Christoph 70” helicopter – a Eurocopter EC135 – had landed on the rooftop pad at Pößneck on Tuesday 12th February at 15:30 hours for a patient transfer to Bad Berka.  However, the pilot broke his leg… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Feb-13

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FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, according to FAA records (see full story). Details on the accident referred to can be found at 10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Source: LA Times, 21-Feb-13

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2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Simon Sinek, a leading motivational speaker and author of, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Gala Dinner at the 2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Gala dinner will take place on Tues., March 19, at the Westin… Read more »

Source: CHC, 20-Feb-13

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HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro today announced a significant change in the organization’s staffing, designed to keep up with members’ changing needs. Paul Schaaf, currently the Chief Pilot for the Fairfax County Police Department, will join HAI in mid-March to assume the duties and responsibilities of Vice President of Operations, a job which… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Feb-13

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ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) welcomed the reappointment of Ms Carolyn Walsh as a member of the ATSB Commission. Ms Walsh’s appointment by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Anthony Albanese will commence on 8 March 2013 and will run for a further three years. Ms Walsh has a wealth of experience… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Feb-13

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UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to strengthen its provision of safety information to general aviation pilots from this spring. The CAA announced today that the publishing group, Archant, will begin producing general aviation safety material on its behalf. Archant, publisher of Pilot magazine, has been awarded a contract to write and distribute three… Read more »

Source: CAA, 19-Feb-13

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Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Airworthiness Directive 2012-19-01  has been issued by the FAA in September of 2012 for certain O540 and IO-540 engines installed in Robinson R44 helicopters. RotorCorp has arranged for priority pricing on Lycoming factory overhauled and rebuilt zero time engines that renders this new AD a non-issue for R44 helicopter owners around the world. The AD… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 18-Feb-13

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Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group has published its findings, following a visit to Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility in Marignane, France on 6 February. The group has published a fact sheet which can be easily downloaded, shared, printed off or forwarded as necessary. The fact sheet documents details of the site visit and the latest… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 15-Feb-13

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HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

From February 11-13, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Redstone Chapter, with sponsorship from HAI, hosted a Technical Specialists’ Meeting on Airworthiness, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. HAI staffers Ed DiCampli, Harold Summers, and others from the HAI HUMS research team were instrumental in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-13

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Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

Med-Trans appoints Safety Director

We are pleased to announce that David Carr has accepted the position of Safety Director for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC), beginning his position Feb. 14th.   Mr. Carr is a proven safety professional and leader in the aviation industry, having earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications. Prior to joining the Med-Trans Leadership team, Mr. Carr served as… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 14-Feb-13

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IHST issues three more helicopter safety leaflets for 2013

IHST issues three more helicopter safety leaflets for 2013

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), along with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has developed new safety leaflets focused on entry into fog or cloud conditions, instructional safety, and recurrent training.  The IHST now offers a total of ten new safety leaflets aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents. The safety… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Feb-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 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-CHZN), in-flight separation of main rotor blades, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, 6 January 2012 Sikorsky S-76C (G-CGOU), precautionary landing following smell of smoke in flight, 19 nm east-north-east of Humberside Airport, 26 September 2012… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-13

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Tdata acquires Avantext AD Library portfolio

Tdata acquires Avantext AD Library portfolio

Tdata announces the addition of the Avantext® line of Airworthiness Directive libraries to Tdata’s line of products and services. Tdata and Avantext customers will now have more choices in the products they use for FAA Airworthiness publications. Tdata will continue to offer  its popular IApproach™ Regulatory library in addition to the Avantext AD libraries so… Read more »

Source: Tdata, 11-Feb-13

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HAI President’s message: What were they thinking?

HAI President’s message: What were they thinking?

I would be willing to bet money that after reading the average accident report, you ask yourself, “What were they thinking?” Not in a negative or derogatory manner, but in real puzzlement. How could the pilot, operator, or maintenance tech have made such poor choices — choices that resulted in their own deaths or those… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-13

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PHPA, HAI, FAAST and Robinson join for Safety Workshop

PHPA, HAI, FAAST and Robinson join for Safety Workshop

Topic: Jam Packed Helicopter SAFETY Workshop with National & Local Safety Items Addressed. (Held at Robinson Helo Facility) On Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM Location: Robinson Helicopter Company, 2901 Airport Dr., Torrance, CA 90505   Select Number: WP0548604   Description:  HAI (Helicopter Association International), So Cal PHPA (Professional Helicopter Pilots Association), and FAAST (FAA Safety Team) invite you to a day… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 11-Feb-13

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PRISM offers SMS packages for small fleet operators

PRISM offers SMS packages for small fleet operators

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM), is pleased to announce an update to their Safety Management System (SMS) packaging and pricing for helicopter operators. The PRISM Essential and Professional subscription packages provide the industry’s most comprehensive set of tools to assist aviation companies as they implement and manage an effective SMS program. PRISM’s new… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-Feb-13

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Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

Canadian military reports on CH-146 Griffon accident of July 6th 2009

The Flight Safety Investigative Report and Epilogue of the fatal air accident involving the Griffon helicopter CH146434 that occurred on July 6, 2009, near Kandahar Air Field, is now available on the Air Force Directorate of Flight Safety website. The Flight Safety Investigative Report describes factual data and includes a comprehensive analysis of all factors… Read more »

Source: Canadian military, 06-Feb-13

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EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

A delegation representing the Helicopter Safety Steering Group is to visit Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility at Marignane, France, following an invitation from the company. On Wednesday 6 February, the group will see first-hand the efforts Eurocopter are going to in order to determine the root cause of the failure which led to two helicopters… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 05-Feb-13

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Former Carson employees indicted over fatal “Iron 44” S61 crash

Former Carson employees indicted over fatal “Iron 44” S61 crash

Two former employees of Carson Helicopters are facing 20+ years in prison for charges related to a 2008 S61 crash that killed seven firefighters and two crew members (see full story)

Source: Wildfire Today, 05-Feb-13

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NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

NTSB sending investigators to assist with R44 accident in Paraguay

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to assist in the investigation of a Robinson R44 II helicopter that crashed about 80 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. Initial reports indicate that the pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The investigation is being led by the Paraguay Civil Aviation Authority (CIPAA). The NTSB has… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Feb-13

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UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

UK – Instructor goes to jail for falsifying documents

A British helicopter instructor has been sentenced to six months jail for falsely signing off the training records of a student pilot to get him a pilot’s licence. The Judge said that it was impossible to say whether these actions were contributory to the “newly qualified” pilot and his wife losing their lives in their… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Post, 04-Feb-13

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Wild hogs beat two helicopters in a week

Wild hogs beat two helicopters in a week

Low-level helicopter flying, engaged in doors-off ammunition-ready feral hog hunting has been a major factor in two helicopter accidents in the last seven days. Estimates vary between two and four million hogs across the US.  These wild animals are responsible for significant damage to pastures, leading to losses on behalf of the land owners.  This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-13

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Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

Paraguayan presidential candidate killed in R44 crash

Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo, aged 69, died in an accident involving the Robinson R44 he was flying in on Saturday night.  The accident also claimed the lives of his bodyguard Derlis Galeano, and the pilot, Ramón Aurelio Picco. Our safety data pages have more details at 02-Feb-13 ZP-HAH Robinson R44 Puerto Antequera, Paraguay (3F) Some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Feb-13

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Smartphone app released for CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Smartphone app released for CHC Safety & Quality Summit

This year a mobile app has been developed which can be used on any smartphone or tablet. This app is designed to help you organize your time and make the most of what the summit has to offer. The app functions include: Your up-to-date personal schedule during the event Speaker details Background information on summit… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Feb-13

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Scientist optimises helicopter performance after main gearbox oil loss

Scientist optimises helicopter performance after main gearbox oil loss

A professor and his research team at a UK university have developed options for minimising occurrences of loss of oil events during long hour flights by helicopters and solutions to increase the capability of continued operation after loss of oil (see full story)

Source: The Guardian, Nigeria, 03-Feb-13

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Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

Gemini Helicopters issues statement on fatal R44 crash

“In the evening of January 27, 2013 Gemini was alerted of an overdue helicopter with a last known location approximately 77 kilometers southwest of Fox Creek. ” (see full story) File photo

30-Jan-13

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HAI Attends Gulf of Mexico HSAC Meeting

HAI Attends Gulf of Mexico HSAC Meeting

HAI’s Director of Safety Stan Rose and Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Carroll attended the Helicopter Safety Advisory Council (HSAC) meeting in New Orleans, La., from Jan. 23-24. Rose and Carroll participated in a number of discussions with HSAC’s board, as well as with the FAA regarding offshore ADS-B issues.

Source: HAI, 30-Jan-13

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Five Hazardous Attitudes for Helicopter Pilots to Recognize

Five Hazardous Attitudes for Helicopter Pilots to Recognize

Many helicopter accidents involve pilots who allow themselves to be influenced by one or more of five basic hazardous attitudes.  These attitudes get pilots into trouble by causing them to take chances that invite accidents.  As a pilot, the less often you allow yourself to act upon a hazardous attitude, the safer your flying will… Read more »

Source: IHST, 28-Jan-13

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Louisiana man gets prison for shooting at helicopter

Louisiana man gets prison for shooting at helicopter

A Sikes man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter during a drug surveillance operation. (see full story)

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 27-Jan-13

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Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

Australian fatal R44 accident caused by pilot incapacitation

ATSB summary of the accident follows:- What happened On 3 September 2011, the pilot and one crewman of a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 helicopter, registered VH-HCA (HCA), departed an airstrip located near Kumarina roadhouse, approximately 150 km south of Newman, Western Australia. The crew were conducting low-level geophysical survey operations when the pilot was observed… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 27-Jan-13

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Promising developments in bird-scare technology

Promising developments in bird-scare technology

Under an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program sponsorship project, TII (Technology International Inc) has released details of a new device to fire low-frequency sound at flocks of birds to steer them away from a given location.  Clearly there are significant uses for this around airports, heliports, helipads and aircraft carriers. Traditionally, bird scare systems… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-13

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Minneapolis Helicopter Pilot Safety Workshop

Minneapolis Helicopter Pilot Safety Workshop

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, join HAI, the FAASTeam, and a diverse panel of industry experts in Minneapolis, Minn., as they discuss regional issues affecting helicopter pilots, accident trends, personal risk assessment, safety initiatives, and more. There will be a free BBQ lunch for all attendees; you can obtain the latest safety materials, earn WINGS… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-13

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It’s an incident, not an accident, argues NZ operator

It’s an incident, not an accident, argues NZ operator

Louisa Patterson, owner of NZ operator Over the Top, is at loggerheads with the NZ Civil Aviation Authority, maintaining it was just an “incident” based on CAA’s own guidelines. “As an incident, this will not affect the safety record that Over The Top are so proud of”, she says (see full story)

Source: Mountain Scene, 24-Jan-13

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AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

AAIB issue Special Bulletin on London AW109E helicopter/crane accident

Report name: S1/2013 – Agusta A109E, G-CRST Registration: G-CRST Type: Agusta A109E Location: St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London Date of occurrence: 16 January 2013 Category: Commercial Air Transport – Rotorcraft Summary: The helicopter was flying to the east of Battersea Heliport when it struck the jib of a crane, attached to a building development at… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 23-Jan-13

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Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

At least 40 employees of the 061 – the Spanish public health emergency organisation – staged a protest in Granada last week at the opening of four disciplinary cases.  Two EMS workers, a doctor and a health and safety representative are central to the situation which concerns “safety deficiencies” in the operation of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

Helicopter operators are maintaining readiness for the return to service of EC225s. An element of this are short maintenance flights over land. The 20-minute flights will take place without passengers and are intended to keep the aircraft within their maintenance certification, meaning they won’t have to be placed for long periods in storage. As these… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 20-Jan-13

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Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

For the past weeks, Eurocopter has continued to regularly communicate with oil and gas customers/operators and industry representatives concerning the EC225 main gearbox shaft failures, while respecting the confidentiality of the official accident investigation. The company has provided an overview of its approach to the root cause analysis performed during the past several weeks and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 18-Jan-13

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FAA change rating of NVG maintainers

FAA change rating of NVG maintainers

1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice explains to airworthiness aviation safety inspectors (ASI) a different rating for the maintenance of night vision goggles (NVG). 2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is airworthiness ASIs who certificate repair stations that maintain night vision goggles. 3. Where You Can Find This Notice. You can find… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Jan-13

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