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Airbus Helicopters Canada Seeking Nominations for Safety Innovation award

Airbus Helicopters Canada Seeking Nominations for Safety Innovation award

As in previous years, the winner(s) of the ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 13th-15th in Vancouver, BC. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $10,000.00 in addition to recognition from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Aug-15

Australian Army fails to fix Tiger fumes issue after five years

Australian Army fails to fix Tiger fumes issue after five years

News Corp Australia has also been told the chopper base has no comprehensive fire and emergency response service to cover Tiger operations.See Full Story

Source: News, 10-Aug-15

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FAA – Wildlife strike reporting continues to increase

FAA – Wildlife strike reporting continues to increase

Wildlife strike reporting for both commercial and general aviation airports continues to increase, according to a new report by renowned wildlife expert Dr. Richard A. Dolbeer. At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Dolbeer recently published the wildlifereport, which shows that 47 percent of the wildlife strikes that occurred from 2009 to 2013 were reported… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Aug-15

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups’ #Fly Safe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season. What is Loss of Control (LOC)? A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Aug-15

PerriQuest Unveils Solution to Aircraft Laser Attacks

PerriQuest Unveils Solution to Aircraft Laser Attacks

Following a string of recent high-profile events, PerriQuest Defense Research Enterprises unveiled the world’s most advanced laser-protective eye wear to dozens of aviation industry stakeholders. PerriQuest’s patent-pending technology protects the wearer from harmful red, green, and blue laser light without compromising the wearer’s ability to perceive and distinguish color. Production of the groundbreaking technology is… Read more »

Source: PerriQuest, 24-Jul-15

NEMSPA to Host Wire Strike Avoidance Seminar

NEMSPA to Host Wire Strike Avoidance Seminar

NEMSPA (National EMS Pilots Association) is encouraging all pilots and crewmembers that operate in a low level environment to attend a one day wire strike prevention seminar on October 18 in Long Beach, California. Robert (Bob) Feerst, a globally recognized expert in specialized crew resource management and pilot techniques in the wire environment, will represent… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 20-Jul-15

South African CAA suspends AOC of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

South African CAA suspends AOC of  Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

As of Tuesday, 14 July 2015, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended the Part 127 (Helicopter) and Part 135 (Air Transport Operations: Small Aircraft) Air Operating Certificates (AOC) of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation (Pty)Ltd, for failure to comply with the legislative requirements applicable to AOC holders. Following a recent spate… Read more »

Source: South African Civil Aviation Authority, 20-Jul-15

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference to focus on Training

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference to focus on Training

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference has a long standing tradition, every year addressing a different safety topic. The 2015 EASA Safety Conference focuses on the topic of Training for aircrew, but also for other activities like maintenance, RPAS, new simulation technologies etc. The conference will open on Wednesday 14 October, by EU Commissioner for Transport, Ms… Read more »

Source: EASA, 15-Jul-15

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Driver held on mental issue after endangering medical helicopter

Driver held on mental issue after endangering medical helicopter

It was a close call Sunday after a Georgia man drove his car almost directly into the path of a medical helicopter about to take off from St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon with a newborn infant on board. See full story

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 15-Jul-15

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Lifeflight Eagle announces 2015 Safety Symposium Speakers

Lifeflight Eagle announces 2015 Safety Symposium Speakers

In the high-consequence environment of air medicine, things can change in an instant. Carefully designed systems and routine activities are subject to failure. It can happen to any of us at any time. It’s with that understanding that the LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium calls together leaders, safety officers, medical crew members, communications specialists, pilots, and… Read more »

Source: Lifeflight Eagle, 14-Jul-15

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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Continue to Decline During 2015

U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Continue to Decline During 2015

If the first half of the year is any indication, then 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for civil helicopter safety in the United States.  Total accidents are down 28 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.  In addition, according to the United… Read more »

Source: IHST, 13-Jul-15

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“Greatest Pilot” to be key-note speaker at EHEST Safety Workshop

“Greatest Pilot” to be key-note speaker at EHEST Safety Workshop

Aviation legend Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, PhD Hon FRAeS, RN will be speaking at HeliTech International on the 8th October, 2015 at ExCeL London. Named “Britain’s Greatest Pilot” by the BBC, Captian Eric “Winkle” Brown will be the key-note speaker during The EHEST Safety Workshop. A former Royal Navy officer… Read more »

Source: Starspeed, 13-Jul-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2015

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, 09-Jul-15

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Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents

The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups’ #Fly Safe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season. What is Loss of Control (LOC)? A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC can happen because… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jul-15

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Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

Pilots union challenges Sumburgh crash black box ruling

A ruling that investigators should hand over the black box from a North Sea helicopter crash to Scotland’s top law officer is being challenged. See full story

Source: BBC News, 08-Jul-15

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Sundance implements FAA safety action programs

Sundance implements FAA safety action programs

Sundance Helicopters recently became the nation’s first helicopter tour operator and Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) member to implement the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and Maintenance Safety Action Program (MSAP).  ASAP and MSAP are voluntary, self-reporting programs designed to identify and reduce safety concerns. “We are proud to participate… Read more »

Source: Sundance, 03-Jul-15

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ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Government has reappointed Mr Noel Hart as a Commissioner with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced the two-year extension of Mr Hart’s term today, effective from 1 July 2015. “Mr Hart’s extensive maritime and resource industry operations experience, along with… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 02-Jul-15

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FAA Posts Second Video in New Safety Information Series

FAA Posts Second Video in New Safety Information Series

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted the second video designed to further enhance airport safety. Entitled “The 2015 Wildlife Hazard Management and Strike Reporting Update,” the video outlines the benefits of wildlife hazard strike reporting and how airport operators use the information to reduce wildlife strikes at airports. The video also discusses the FAA’s… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Jun-15

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USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its embarked helicopter detachment from the ‘Warlords’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM ) 51, were selected for the annual Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Ship-Helicopter Safety Award in May. This unique award honors the cruiser or destroyer and embarked detachment with the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 29-Jun-15

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Bristow Supports Safety Course that Relieves Flight Concerns

Bristow Supports Safety Course that Relieves Flight Concerns

It’s something many people flying offshore have experienced – bumpy air, foggy skies, an unusual sound – all of which can conspire to get the passenger thinking “What am I doing here?” Bob Egan, an offshore worker for more than 20 years, had those thoughts even though he doesn’t fear flying on helicopters. But a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Jun-15

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Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on US and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems. See Full Story

Source: Australian Flying, 22-Jun-15

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Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Receives FAA Safety Management System Status

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters recently received Safety Management System (SMS) program status by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), becoming the first air tour operator in the United States to reach this milestone. Blue Hawaiian began participating in the voluntary SMS program in 2009, adopting the systematic approach to managing safety risk. “Achieving SMS emphasizes our company’s… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Jun-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2015

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-ECMC), rolled over during simulated tail rotor failure exercise at Goodwood Aerodrome, on 12 February 2015 Robinson R22 Beta (G-THLA), heavy landing following autorotation exercise, Romney Marsh, Kent, 13 February 2015

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-15

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Registration opens for LifeFlight Eagle 2015 Safety Symposium

Registration opens for LifeFlight Eagle 2015 Safety Symposium

Safety experts, crew members, pilots, mechanics and leaders from air-medical programs throughout North America are invited to converge at the 5th Annual LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium in Kansas City, Mo., September17-18. The symposium, which is provided free of charge, features presentations by world-class safety experts, as well as an opportunity for representatives from air-medical organizations… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Eagle, 11-Jun-15

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AHIA partners with CASA to streamline regulatory changes

AHIA partners with CASA to streamline regulatory changes

By a co-operative partnership with CASA, the AHIA and other industry members, CASA is moving forward with legislative changes to streamline regulatory provisions as a result of the post-implementation review of part 61. AHIA President Peter Crook see this as a positive step closer to the industry contributing at a high level to legislative content… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 09-Jun-15

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FAA and GA Community Launch Fly Safe Campaign

FAA and GA Community Launch Fly Safe Campaign

The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups are launching the Fly Safe national safety campaign to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents this flying season. FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker officially kicked-off the #FlySafe campaign on Saturday, June 6, at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Fly-In… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-15

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EASA announces date for Ninth Rotorcraft Symposium

EASA announces date for Ninth Rotorcraft Symposium

The Ninth EASA Rotorcraft Symposium will be held on 2-3 December at the Hilton Hotel in Cologne. If you are interested to be part of the European forum for the rotary wing community, please fill the online registration here. You will then receive a confirmation from EASA of your enrolment. Registration closes on 14 November 2015. Don’t… Read more »

Source: EASA, 08-Jun-15

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Helicopter mechanic killed while working on Bell 47

Helicopter mechanic killed while working on Bell 47

Helicopter mechanic Jeffrey Lee Graham died on Friday morning while working on a Bell 47G helicopter at Hudson, Iowa.  The press statement from Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office was brief but confirmed “a fatal workplace accident that occurred while maintenance was being done on a stationary helicopter”.  The address of the location matches that of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-15

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Air Methods Sponsors Great American Safety Drive

Air Methods Sponsors Great American Safety Drive

Air Methods recently announced it will sponsor the 2nd Annual Great American Safety Drive – MedEvac Foundation International’s major fundraising initiative for 2015 – commencing in June during National Safety Month. “Air Methods is proud to say that we have supported the MedEvac Foundation since its inception,” said Howard Ragsdale, senior vice president at Air Methods. “Safety… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Jun-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:-   Robinson R44 (G-CEDG), rolled over during a precautionary landing, near Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, on 25 February 2015 Robinson R44 II (G-HECK), collision with vehicle, Leeds Heliport, 5 December 2014    

Source: AAIB, 14-May-15

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FAA Administrator Huerta to Unveil New Initiatives at AUVSI

FAA Administrator Huerta to Unveil New Initiatives at AUVSI

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will announce two new initiatives related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) tomorrow at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Unmanned Systems 2015conference in Atlanta, GA. The FAA is moving ahead with safe integration of UAS into the busiest, most complex airspace in the world. Even as the agency proceeds with rulemaking for small… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-May-15

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Philadelphia Helicopter Safety Conference

Philadelphia Helicopter Safety Conference

Please join HAI and the FAA for a free helicopter safety conference on Tuesday, June 2, at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pa. The workshop will run from 8:00 a.m. – to 4:30 p.m. and will feature expert industry speakers from the FAA, HAI, AgustaWestland, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army. Topics to be covered… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-May-15

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UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

UK CAA announces new heli safety proposals for unattended offshore installations

he UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 30-Apr-15

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ARSA warns FAA not to lose primary focus while creating new UAS regs

ARSA warns FAA not to lose primary focus while creating new UAS regs

On April 23, ARSA submitted comments to the FAA’s proposed rule regarding its control of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The association added its voice to the thousands who provided guidance to the agency in its pursuit of new regulations to oversee the use of the vehicles commonly referred to as “drones.” While its comments recognized the congressional imperative that the FAA… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 30-Apr-15

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Aircraft engineers warn of lack of oversight at EASA level

Aircraft engineers warn of lack of oversight at EASA level

AEI (Aircraft Engineers International) have written to the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) to place on record our belief that the air travelling public in Europe is exposed to an increasing risk of injury. “Our concern derives from the inconsistent, and in some European countries, inadequate, application by the individual national aviation authorities of safety… Read more »

Source: AEI, 29-Apr-15

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New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2015

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, 13-Apr-15

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Going Down to the Wire – Helicopters and Low-Level Flight

Going Down to the Wire – Helicopters and Low-Level Flight

If aircraft were measured from the ground up, helicopters would rank near the bottom. This isn’t a criticism; it’s just the nature of the beast. Helicopters spend a large portion of time flying close to the ground and, as a result, they are increasingly susceptible to wire strikes. Analysis conducted by the United States Helicopter… Read more »

Source: IHST, 23-Mar-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012

Source: AAIB, 19-Mar-15

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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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Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

Following the issue of Emergency ADs over the weekend on all Robinson R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades, new documentation has been issued by Australia and New Zealand with less onerous requirements.  These helicopters are no longer grounded, but require inspection of the blades by the pilot before each and every flight. In issuing DCA/R44/32,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-15

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Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

[electronic translation] In the incident with a NH90 on 19 June 2014 in Termez / Uzbekistan occurred in connection with the engine stagnation in triggering the fire extinguishing system of the engine to a short circuit in the overhead Control Panel. To this end, the company announced AIRBUS Helicopter the Ministry of Defense and the… Read more »

Source: Bundeswehr, 23-Feb-15

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Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited Robinson R44 helicopters from further flight if they are fitted with main rotor blades with reference C016-7.  This follows the fatal accident of an R44 in New Zealand last week from the fleet of Over The Top Helicopters, which killed one of their instructors and his 18 year old… Read more »

23-Feb-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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Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

The investigation into the May 19, 2014, mishap that resulted in the death of a Marine MV-22 Osprey crew chief has determined that the Marine’s death was likely the result of an accidental fall from the aircraft. See Full Story.  

Source: Wwaytv3, 17-Feb-15

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INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

Various Spanish websites including ABC, Efe and ELDiA  are reporting that an EMS pilot based at Tenerife Sur airport (=Reina Sofia Airport) has failed a breath test.  INAER, who have a zero tolerance approach to the taking of drugs or alcohol, called the Guardia Civil to conduct the breathalyser test, and the pilot reportedly showed positive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  (update of the report AAIB issued in December 2014)  

Source: AAIB, 12-Feb-15

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US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

Issued Feb 6th –  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leadership conducted a review board at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Feb. 6, 2015, to determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures that were put in place after the January 2014 MH-53E mishap. After an initial assessment by NAVAIR’s Heavy Lift Helicopters Program (PMA-261), the in-service support… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Feb-15

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Additional Training Courses Now Available at 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Additional Training Courses Now Available at 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

People planning to attend the 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit now have the opportunity to receive additional training and certification by registering for pre- and post-summit training courses. The summit, hosted by CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI), brings together top aviation-safety professionals from around the globe to share best… Read more »

Source: CHC, 22-Jan-15

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EagleMed Air Co-Sponsors Hazards Seminar

EagleMed Air Co-Sponsors Hazards Seminar

EagleMed critical care air medical transport company is co-sponsoring an aviation hazards seminar for general aviation pilots and aviation weather enthusiasts scheduled Jan. 23, 2015 in Wichita. Co-sponsors are the National Weather Service office in Wichita, and the Kansas Army National Guard. The seminar on Convective Weather Effects (thunderstorms and their hazards) will be held… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 19-Jan-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2015

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-MOGY), contacted ground during circuit practice and rolled over, near West Chevington, 30 October 2014 Robinson R22 Beta (G-OKEY), struck ground following inappropriate cyclic input by student pilot, at Elstree Aerodrome, 21 September… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 14-Jan-15

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US helicopter accidents at lowest level in 30+ years

US helicopter accidents at lowest level in 30+ years

A year ago, safety experts at the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) declared that 2014 would be a pivotal year as the helicopter community worked to stem a discouraging increase in fatal and non-fatal accidents. A renewed safety education and communication effort succeeded in reversing the trend as U.S. helicopter accidents totaled 130 during… Read more »

Source: USHST, 13-Jan-15

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OSHA forces Air Methods to reinstate pilot and pay $158K in back wages

OSHA forces Air Methods to reinstate pilot and pay $158K in back wages

Faced one night with a trip over mountainous terrain in a medical transport helicopter with a faulty emergency locator transmitter, a pilot refused to fly the unsafe aircraft and was later terminated in retaliation for doing so. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration followed. As a result, Air Methods… Read more »

Source: Dept of Labor, 08-Jan-15

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How Helicopter Accident Reports Can Save Lives

How Helicopter Accident Reports Can Save Lives

As the chief instructor for Hillsboro Aviation in Oregon and a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), I am in a position to help shape (in a small way) the future of our helicopter industry. In a recent discussion with another helicopter safety professional, we concluded that there are no new ways to… Read more »

Source: USHST, 08-Jan-15

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2015. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-76C (G-WIWI), unintentional descent towards trees, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, 3 May 2012  

Source: AAIB, 09-Dec-14

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Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

Banker’s Widow Sues StormHarbour Over Andes Helicopter Crash

The widow of an investment banker sued his employer StormHarbour Securities LLP for allowing him to board a helicopter that crashed into a Peruvian mountainside in 2012, killing 14 on board.  See Full Story

Source: Bloomberg, 05-Dec-14

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Early Bird Registration Opens for 2015 CHC Safety and Quality Summit

Early Bird Registration Opens for 2015 CHC Safety and Quality Summit

Attending one of the world’s premier aviation-safety conference’s costs a little less for a limited time. Early bird registration for the 11th-annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit is open now until Dec. 31. During that period, enrolling in the March 23-25 conference costs C$1085 plus tax – a discount of C$100. The summit, which will… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Dec-14

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St. Louis Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar Another Great Success!

St. Louis Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar Another Great Success!

Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), and the St. Louis Rotor & Wing Association, hosted the Midwest Regional Helicopter Safety Seminar in St. Louis, Mo., on November 15. More than 50 professionals from a variety of helicopter operations attended the event. Bill Hopper, president and founder of HAI Affiliate Member, St. Louis… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Nov-14

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North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

North Sea – Ekofisk rig helipad audit identifies issues

The audit was performed with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority Norway (CAA Norway). Objective The objective of this audit was to review and evaluate the company’s management of emergency preparedness and helicopter operation at Ekofisk 2/4-L. We requested a presentation of the processes that COPSAS has established to ensure that prerequisites, limitations and recommendations… Read more »

Source: PSA, 17-Nov-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2014

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, 17-Nov-14

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Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit Celebrates Two Years of Target Zero Safety

Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit Celebrates Two Years of Target Zero Safety

On November 11, 2014, Bristow’s West Africa Business Unit (WASBU) and BGI Aviation Technical Services (BATS) celebrated two consecutive years of Target Zero performance without a recordable injury or air accident. In October alone, Bristow operations in Nigeria achieved 1,000 hours of Target Zero performance. WASBU Director Akin Oni cited the role of Bristow’s Target… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Nov-14

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Blackcomb Aviation wins the Airbus Helicopter Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award

Blackcomb Aviation wins the Airbus Helicopter Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award

Helicopter Association of Canada, Montreal, QC, November 8, 2014 –Blackcomb Aviation has been awarded the 2014 Airbus Helicopters Canada’s “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring 25 years of safe operations. This award is presented to a nominee or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Nov-14

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2015 Call for Papers Issued The call is out for papers that will characterize the 2015 edition of the world’s most influential helicopter-safety conference. Industry and safety professionals interested in presenting at the CHC Safety & Quality Summit may now submit abstracts for the event. The 11th-annual summit will be… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Nov-14

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HAI President : Let’s Get High!

HAI President : Let’s Get High!

Calm down, get a grip. No, I am not advocating the use or distribution of drugs. The high I speak of involves altitude, height above the ground, the distance between the aircraft and the real estate below. Also known as your safety margin. I think we can all agree that, in general, flying lower than… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Nov-14

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FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced new notice to airmen (NOTAM) header formats for conflict zones and international crisis situations. New NOTAMs will be shown as an advisory, a prohibition, or a pointer NOTAM that direct the reader to a related special federal aviation regulation (SFAR). While this format will apply to all… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Nov-14

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Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

New Zealand based Composite Helicopters have unfortunately had an accident with their second flying prototype of their five-seat KC518 Aventourer helicopter.  NZ Herald reports that co-founder Peter Maloney remained on site to see the helicopter put onto a trailer for the short journey back to their base at North Shore airfield, while co-pilot Norbert Idelon… Read more »

10-Nov-14

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Australia gets new Director of Aviation Safety

Australia gets new Director of Aviation Safety

Mr Mark Skidmore AM has been appointed as the new Director of Aviation Safety at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The chairman of CASA’s Board Dr Allan Hawke AC announced the five year appointment today. Mr Skidmore has more than 30 years experience in both civilian and military aviation. “Mark Skidmore brings a wealth… Read more »

Source: CASA, 31-Oct-14

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Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

Oil & Gas UK comments on UK Government’s response to offshore helicopter safety report

The Transport Select Committee published its report on offshore helicopter safety in July. Oil & Gas UK Chief Executive Malcolm Webb responded in a letter to the Committee report at the time. Today (October 27), the Government published its response to the Transport Select Committee Report alongside comments from Malcolm Webb’s letter. Oil & Gas… Read more »

Source: Oil Gas, 28-Oct-14

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EASA GA Safety Conference comes to a close

EASA GA Safety Conference comes to a close

The EASA Safety Conference 2014 on General Aviation (GA) was closed by EASA Executive Director, Patrick Ky. The two day conference had more than 350 attendants, representing 250 organisations from 30 countries. It was one of the biggest conferences on General Aviation to be conducted in Europe with more than 50 speakers related to GA… Read more »

Source: EASA, 17-Oct-14

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Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year. Since the previous safety measures were put in place in July 2013,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Oct-14

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5 Attitudes That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Reject

5 Attitudes That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Reject

Many helicopter accidents involve pilots who allow themselves to be influenced by hazardous attitudes that cause them to take unnecessary chances. As a pilot, the less often you allow yourself to act upon a hazardous attitude, the safer your flying will become. It should be remembered that every pilot probably has had or will have… Read more »

Source: IHST, 12-Oct-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Aircraft Accident Report 3/2014 – Agusta A109E (G-CRST), collided with a crane, St George Wharf, Vauxhall, London, 16 January 2013 Enstrom 280C (G-IDUP), Northampton/Sywell Aerodrome on 3 June 2014

Source: AAIB, 09-Oct-14

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Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

Victims of Cougar 491 and 1985 Universal Helicopter Crashes Honoured

A beacon of remembrance was lit at Quidi Vidi Lake yesterday as the Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, officially dedicated the Offshore Helicopter Accident Memorial. The memorial pays tribute to the victims of Cougar 491 and the 1985 Universal Helicopter crashes. “After centuries of making our living from the sea, our province… Read more »

Source: NFL, 08-Oct-14

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