The analysis, by the IHST’s European branch – the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) – reveals that there is as yet no real sign of progress towards the IHST’s ultimate objective of an 80% reduction in helicopter accidents by 2016.
At the International Helicopter Safety Symposium in Cascais, Portugal, HAI President Matt Zuccaro, as Co-Chair of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), served as Moderator for the historic signing of a “Call to Action by and for Offshore Helicopter Operators” letter in support of the IHST and its mission to reduce helicopter accidents by 80… Read more »
EBAA Chairman Brian Humphries said work has begun at the International Business Aviation Council to bring the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operation (IS-BAO) programme – already established for fixed-wing business aviation operations – to the rotary-wing sector.
WASHINGTONâ€“The U.S. Department of Transportationâ€™s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed broad new rules for helicopter operators, including air ambulances, which, if finalized, would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. â€œThis is a significant proposal that will improve the safety of many helicopter flights in the… Read more »
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that the number of serious runway incursions at the nationâ€™s airports dropped 50 percent from 2009, the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions was cut in half. â€œWe continue to make terrific progress in the area of… Read more »
Mountaineers have very recently found the wreck of a Russian military Mil Mi-8 at the peak of Mount Elbrus, nearly 16,000ft tall. This strikes the HeliHub.com team as being similar to the story of thousands of empty oxygen tanks at various points up Everest. Does the human race really care that little about our environment… Read more »
Robb & Robb LLC announces that partner Gary C. Robb, a well known aviation lawyer, has just published a book, Helicopter Crash Litigation, which addresses critical safety issues in the aviation field. The book, published by Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc., is the definitive published work in the field of helicopter aviation. â€œby far… Read more »
Air Evac Lifeteam proactively grounded its entire fleet of medical helicopters on Thursday, after a bolt on one of its choppers was found to be wearing dangerously thin, way before it was scheduled to be changed out
An Apache and a Sea King came close to hitting the much smaller drone spy aircraft – while it was being flown remotely by a soldier on the ground. The near collisions on Salisbury Plain in February involved the small Desert Hawk drone
Med-Trans Corp is pleased to announce that Troy Boonstra has accepted the position of Director of Safety for Med-Trans Corporation (MTC). Mr. Boonstra is a proven aviation expert and senior safety professional and has earned numerous safety-related awards and certifications. Prior to joining the MTC leadership team, Mr. Boonstra served as a Systems Engineer and… Read more »
A teenager has been put under a curfew after admitting he put a police helicopter in jeopardy by shining a laser into its cockpit. [Note: Photo used in news article is way out of date – this force upgraded from AS355 to EC135 in 2003)
Officials with the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry said Thursday that commissioner Robert Wells expects to be finished his report in early October and will have it printed and delivered to the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board by 25th of this month
Medevac transport safety, and that of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in particular, is a focal point of this yearâ€™s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), which is set for October 11-13, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not-to-be-missed HEMS safety regulatory-related conference highlights include details from Administration (FAA) officials regarding the FAAâ€™s soon-to-be-released Notice of Proposed… Read more »
Christopher Jones pleaded guilty to 35 counts, including car theft and running from the police. He is not charged with the deaths of the four men who died when the KTVK and KNXV helicopters covering the chase collided.
Three fire tankers and a ladder truck responded at 9 a.m., Missoula police sealed off a block of Owen Street on the east side of the hospital, and two crash victims – one deceased mannequin and a live volunteer – were rescued from the roof by ladder.
A Humberside Police spokesman said the crew of Oscar 99 were attending a job near Grant Thorold Park when they experienced a series of bright green flashes which illuminated the inside of aircraft, putting them in danger.
HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet.Â From this month onwards, we will produce montly summary reports, and we will also continue to produce our very comprehensive annual report. Useful Links * Civil Accidents * Military Accidents * Fatal Accidents – both civil… Read more »
The pilot of the helicopter that crashed on Pikes Peak is still recovering. It was a dramatic crash. and now for the first time since the accident the pilot is talking on camera about what happened. Â See also HeliHub.com accident page here
The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) hosted its first helicopter safety day on Friday, 10 September 2010. Some 75 people attended this special event, devoted to improving helicopter flight safety. Each year helicopters are involved in too many unnecessary accidents. In the Netherlands, there is approximately one accident per year, which sometimes results in fatalities, as… Read more »
Pilot errors are the main factor contributing to aircraft accidents. This program discusses why and how we humans make the decisions we do prior to a flight and how those decisions affect the pilot and others. This program applies to all pilots. This seminar qualifies for FAA WINGS credit. Please go to FAASafety.gov and then… Read more »
St Louis Helicopter Association, 23-Sep-10
An unexpected catastrophe is happening on the way from horrific accident scenes in California on the way to hospitals in EMS helicopters. The helicopters are crashing killing many of the occupants at an unacceptable rate. If you’ve been injured in Southern California, whether it is in Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Orange,… Read more »
The ministry is working on a policy to kick off helicopter services in a big way as major Indian cities face ground congestion, making movement difficult even in cases of health and security-related emergencies.
I wanted to thank the hundreds of people who have taken the time to email me their thoughts and ideas in response to my messages â€” I am sincerely grateful. In reading each email regarding safety topics, I noticed a common thread among respondents which appears to indicate a general agreement on what is causing… Read more »
Among recommendations is that Russian aviation authorities organise training for light aviation enthusiasts for flying in winter conditions and that the need for a unified centre for raising training standards for light aviation flyers be assessed.
CHC have issued an update regarding the speakers that have already committed to their Summit 2011. To start the 2011 CHC Safety and Quality Summit, we have arranged something a little different. The plenary session of the Summit will be arranged like a presidential debate, where three Experts, each renowned in their field, will debate… Read more »
The Government today (September 14) published a report on an investigation into a helicopter accident that happened on May 1, 2009.The accident involved a private flight by a Robinson R22 helicopter, registration B-LAT, of Hong Kong Rotor Company Limited operated by a pilot.As a result of the accident, the pilot, one passenger and one person… Read more »
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt today announced a landmark proposal to fight fatigue among commercial pilots by setting new flight time, duty and rest requirements based on fatigue science. â€œThis proposal is a significant enhancement for aviation safety,â€ said Secretary LaHood. â€œBoth pilots and passengers will benefit… Read more »
The recent spate of aircraft accidents in Alaska has heightened interest in alternative forms of aircraft location. Gary Bennett, Northern Lights Avionics, says he has quite a lot of inquiry for spidertracks, a tracking-based emergency location system. â€œThe spidertracks system is rapidly gaining popularity as more folks are aware of the benefits the system has… Read more »
The helicopter pilot of a white and blue U.S. Customs and Border Protection AS350Â flying over Madison Heights two weeks ago immediately called police there when a beam came into the cockpit, customs spokesman Kris Grogan said
The entire fleet of Philippine Air Force UH-1Hs has been grounded by following the incident last Friday wherein one of their choppers was engulfed in flames after making an emergency landing in Ilocos Norte (details here)
HeliHub.com has heard today of a third test flight accident in their unmanned A160T Hummingbird program – known in military circles as the YMQ-18.Â During a 45 day test program in Belize, one example crashed at the Central Farm airstrip there on 4th September. [see details] Only weeks ago on 28th July, another Hummingbird crashed… Read more »
The federal agency charged with investigating the fatal crash of a helicopter ferrying workers to an oil rig off Newfoundland last year is defending its decision to exclude the victims’ families from the review process of the draft accident report.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed a new independent legal inquiry into the 1994 Mull of Kintyre helicopter disaster.Â RAF Chinook HC2 ZD576 crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in Western Scotland 16 years ago, killing all 29 abroad.
When an Iraqi Mi-17 helicopter crashed last month in Taji, killing five Iraqi Airmen, personnel from the Iraq Training and Advising Mission-Air Force moved quickly to provide a Critical Incident Stress Management team to support to the students and cadre at the joint training base. ITAM-AF has been training the Iraqi air force’s aircrews on… Read more »
The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This monthâ€™s issue covers the accidents of:- Enstrom 280C Shark, G-COLL near Douglas, Isle of Man on 19 March 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-OTOY atWellesbourne on 28 April 2008 Robinson R44 Astro, G-PIDG at Skipton, North Yorkshire on 26 June 2010 Robinson R44… Read more »
In their preliminary report of the Aug. 10 crash that injured two men, NTSB investigators say the small Piper Cub from Park City was coming in for a landing when it apparently flew into the rotor wash of a large helicopter.
In response to an invitation from the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, the Global Helicopter Flight Data MonitoringÂ Steering Group is pleased to announce that they will present an HFDM workshop at IHSS 2010, scheduled to coincide with the HeliTech tradeshow in Estoril, Portugal. The IHSS will be held on October 3rd and 4th, with HeliTech running… Read more »
Deputies say someone was shining a laser that could have blinded the pilot of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The pilot was OK, but now deputies are hunting for the person who flashed the laser.
The joint development by Eurocopter and Kannad of a new-generation emergency distress beacon for helicopters was recognized today with an award presented during a conference of industry managers, entrepreneurs, agencies, and managers in the economic and technology sectors. The trophy was bestowed on Eurocopter, a worldwide leader in the production of helicopters, and Kannad, a… Read more »
The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) will host a Helicopter Safety Day in Amsterdam on Friday, 10 September 2010. This day (to be held in Dutch language) will centre on safety improvements in helicopter use. It will also be possible to have a look at the NLR helicopter simulator. The annual number of (avoidable) helicopter accidents… Read more »
HeliHub.com has recently been trialling a second Twitter feed for the accident and incident data provided on the website and is today formally launching this to the industry.Â This is the next development in what we already provide by way of accident/incident data, and we believe we have the most comprehensive record available online.Â We… Read more »