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PJ Helicopters has fifth accident in just over three years

PJ Helicopters has fifth accident in just over three years

HeliHub.com maintains detailed records of helicopter safety issues, and we observe that the report of an accident to an MD500D this week in California is the fifth accident for Red Bluff-based PJ Helicopters in just over three years.  The links to the accident pages in HeliHub are listed, along with links to the relevant NTSB… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Sep-14

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 18-Aug-14

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PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI reaches highest level of FAA Safety Management System

PHI, Inc. announced today that the company has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. SMS is rapidly becoming a worldwide standard throughout the aviation industry and is recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Civil… Read more »

Source: PHi, 14-Aug-14

Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Morington Sanford Aviation trains Australian R22/R44 field inspectors

Richard Morington-Sanford visited CASA at oen fo their aviation training centres at Brisbane International Airport in Australia in the period 4th to 8th August 2014.  Richard conducted theoretical and practical type training on the Robinson R22 and R44 for 19 of CASA’s maitenance field inspectors responsible for the continuing airworthiness maintenance standards throughout Australia. www.morningtonsanfordaviation.com… Read more »

Source: Morington Sanford Aviation, 13-Aug-14

CASA says helicopter association’s claims are wide of the mark

CASA says helicopter association’s claims are wide of the mark

Many of the claims made by the association were wide of the mark and do not reflect the close consultation CASA has been undertaking with the broader helicopter community, including association representatives.  See full story

Source: The Australian, 08-Aug-14

Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

The crew of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard says there is concern in the air medical service community regarding the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, over accident scenes. “See Full Story“

Source: WSET, 08-Aug-14

HAI President’s Message: Safety from the Top Down

HAI President’s Message: Safety from the Top Down

I notice that when talking about safety, we tend to focus on field personnel — pilots, mechanics, and dispatchers. This makes sense, as they are on the front lines of safety. But let’s discuss other critical safety stakeholders: owner-operator’s and their management, along with the end user, or customer. These groups play a big part… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Aug-14

Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of around 40 Dhruv helicopters in view of the recent crash in which seven of its personnel were killed. See full story

Source: Daily Mail, 05-Aug-14

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Flawed safety laws must be stalled, says Australian helicopter association

Flawed safety laws must be stalled, says Australian helicopter association

Australian Helicopter Industry Association president Peter Crook has written to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss to request Civil Aviation Safety Regulation Part 61 not be implemented on September 1, only 20 working days from now. CASR Part 61 (Flight Crew Licensing) became law on February 14 last year with a start date of December 4 that year and a four-year transition period ending on December… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 04-Aug-14

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OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

OPITO makes Gulf of Mexico travel safer with new survival training standard

With 2.3 million passengers travelling to work on offshore installations by helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico every year, OPITO is making sure every worker has the necessary training to get to work and return home safely every trip. The oil and gas industry’s training standards body has set new and higher standards for Tropical… Read more »

Source: OPITO, 01-Aug-14

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Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Sadly there was a bad accident with an Indian Air Force Dhruv in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Friday, and we recorded that in our Safety data section here. The “black box” – Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) – are now being analysed in an attempt to find out what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

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SmartPilot.ca – A Year After Launch – Great Results and More!

SmartPilot.ca – A Year After Launch – Great Results and More!

Canada’s single source web portal for all things related to flying safely recently celebrated the first anniversary of its launch. By all accounts it is proving that the need and interst for a simple, one stop site for general aviation is very real. SmartPilot.ca continues to grow and refine itself with more new, purpose developed… Read more »

Source: SmartPilot, 29-Jul-14

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Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

In the release of its investigation report (A13C0073) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba, in July of 2013. At 4 pm Central Daylight Time, on 1 July 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter, operated… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 18-Jul-14

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EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 15-Jul-14

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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014

U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Decrease for First Half of 2014

The best way to describe civil helicopter safety in the United States today is “So far, so good.”  Total accidents are down 17 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year.  In addition, according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), the number of fatal accidents has… Read more »

Source: USHST, 15-Jul-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Vandals block night landings at Trout Lake helipad

Vandals block night landings at Trout Lake helipad

The only night-certified helipad in the Lappe area, north of Thunder Bay is no longer safe for helicopters to use after dark.  See full story

Source: CBC, 14-Jul-14

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Man threatens medical helicopter in Cincinnatti

Man threatens medical helicopter in Cincinnatti

Leonard Pflanz, 56, was arrested early Sunday and accused of driving to Mercy West Hospital, yelling at the University of Cincinnati Health Air Care pilot and threatening to shoot at it the next time it flew low over his property, authorities said.  See full story Image: AirCare EC145 based at Cincinnati

Source: Cincinnati.com, 14-Jul-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC155B1 (OY-HJJ), loss of control after departure, North Sea, 6 November 2013 Bell 206B (G-BPWI), engine failure leading to forced landing, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 4 October 2013 Hughes 369D (G-CCUO), loss of control and ground… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-14

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EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed Reaches FAA Safety Management System Level 3

EagleMed LLC has entered Level 3 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS), reflecting the company’s unwavering commitment to safety. The critical care air medical transport company initiated its participation in the government-designed safety program several years ago. In adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety in the air medical transportation… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 10-Jul-14

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UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

UK CAA responds to report on offshore helicopter safety

Any loss of life in aviation accidents is always tragic and the safety of those who rely on offshore helicopter flights is therefore our absolute priority. In February we announced over 70 actions and recommendations to improve safety, primarily aimed at preventing accidents but also to improve survivability following an incident. These were widely welcomed… Read more »

Source: CAA, 10-Jul-14

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ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

ACSF Announces New Members To Board Of Governors

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of Jon Beatty, president & CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, Joshua Hebert, founder of Magellan Jets, Levi Stockton, president of Advanced Air & Jet Center, Los Angeles and Dave Davenport, senior vice president of FlightSafety International to the ACSF Board of Governors. Jon… Read more »

Source: ACSF, 10-Jul-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

Inappropriate control inputs led to January 2013 in-flight breakup of R44

In its investigation report (A13W0009) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a Robinson R44 helicopter broke up in flight over Fox Creek, Alberta on 27 January 2013 due to inappropriate control inputs that caused the main rotor blade to make contact with the fuselage. The Gemini Helicopters Robinson R44 was… Read more »

Source: TSB, 07-Jul-14

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New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

Robinson Helicopters have accepted the CAA’s invitation to give a safety awareness briefing on the R44 and R66.  The one-day safety briefing and product update will be presented by Tim Tucker, chief flying instructor for Robinson.  There will be an opportunity on the day after for a dual flight with Tim in the R66 or… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 04-Jul-14

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HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety

HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety

HAI is developing the Education Program for HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 and seeks proposals for Professional Education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions from qualified persons or vendors. Be part of continuing excellence in your industry—submit your proposal today! Professional Education Courses To provide a high-quality program for helicopter professionals, HAI strives to enhance, expand,and adjust these fee-based… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Jul-14

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FAA’s ‘Got Weather?’ resource improves understanding of thunderstorms

FAA’s ‘Got Weather?’ resource improves understanding of thunderstorms

Because unique weather conditions are associated with summer, now is a good time for a reminder about a new online FAA safety resource that provides tips for pilots dealing with the season’s thunderstorm activity. Launched by the agency in May 2014 with the support of aviation groups, including NBAA, the Got Weather? initiative offers information… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 02-Jul-14

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Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

With Asia poised to be the fastest growing helicopter market in the coming years, key industry players from the ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) held the inaugural steering committee meeting this month to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in this region. AHEST was founded in late 2013 to expand the mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Jul-14

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HAI Looks Forward to Working With NTSB Chairman-Designate

HAI Looks Forward to Working With NTSB Chairman-Designate

The Helicopter Association International and its president, Matt Zuccaro, welcome the news that President Obama has nominated NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart to fill the chairman’s position in the wake of Deborah Hersman’s departure. “As a commercial-rated pilot, Chris Hart understands aviation and its importance to the nation,” said Zuccaro. “He is also the NTSB’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Jun-14

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For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month

For Helicopter Pilots: July is the Deadliest Month

The phrase, “Let’s be careful out there,” takes on added meaning during the month of July as it tops all other months for fatal helicopter accidents.  A decade’s worth of data compiled by the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) shows that an average of three to four fatal civil helicopter accidents in the United… Read more »

Source: USHST, 26-Jun-14

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AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

A USA Today story, “Unfit for flight,” published June 18 “gets the general aviation safety record wrong, it ignores efforts by the industry to make general aviation safer, and it violates basic tenets of fairness and accuracy when it comes to good journalism,” AOPA said in response to the article. The three-part report paints GA aircraft as death traps,… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 19-Jun-14

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Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

Profile – Survivex offshore underwater egress training

BBC has been given the first chance to try out a new safety device that could save lives in the future.  See full story

Source: BBC, 18-Jun-14

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EagleMed taps Baldwin as additional safety resource

EagleMed taps Baldwin as additional safety resource

EagleMed LLC has enlisted Baldwin Safety & Compliance as an additional resource for the critical care air medical transport company’s safety management system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety management and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader in… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 17-Jun-14

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NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation Course

NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation Course

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is pleased to offer a NEW course in NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigations on August 18-22, 2014, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures, methods used and the skills required with all aspects of helicopter accident investigation by the… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 II (G-ODAZ), near RAF Wittering, Peterborough, 26 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 12-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today announced new proposals for flight recorders and underwater locating devices which aim at facilitating the recovery of an aircraft and of its flight recorders in the unfortunate eventuality of an accident. The new EASA requirements include the extension of the transmission time of underwater locating devices (ULD) fitted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-Jun-14

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Nova Scotia’s energy minister satisfied with offshore safety rules

Nova Scotia’s energy minister satisfied with offshore safety rules

Nova Scotia’s energy minister says he’s satisfied with federal legislation aimed at improving safety in the offshore energy sector even though it doesn’t call for an independent safety agency, a measure he pushed for while in Opposition.  See full story

Source: CTV, 02-Jun-14

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New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

New UK helicopter safety framework questioned by Norwegian unions

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it has no plans to duplicate the 32 safety improvements planned for Scottish offshore helicopters.  See full story

Source: BBC, 02-Jun-14

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Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 31, 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: CBC, 01-Jun-14

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Soft ice ingested by engine led to January 2012 fatal crash of RCMP AS350B3

Soft ice ingested by engine led to January 2012 fatal crash of RCMP AS350B3

In its investigation report (A12P0008) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the ingestion of soft ice into the engine led to a complete loss of power and the crash after takeoff of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) helicopter near Cultus Lake, British Columbia. The pilot was fatally injured. On… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-May-14

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IHST to increase emphasis on reducing fatal accidents

IHST to increase emphasis on reducing fatal accidents

– Without shifting its focus away from the elimination of all civil helicopter accidents, the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) is asking its worldwide partners to establish an additional focus regarding the steps that can be taken to prevent fatalities in helicopter accidents.  As a result, future IHST analysis will include the types of accidents… Read more »

Source: IHST, 28-May-14

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Marion County Sheriff’s Office Host 2nd Annual Safety Seminar

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Host 2nd Annual Safety Seminar

For the second year in a row, Marion County Florida’s Sherriff’s Office Aviation Unit hosted a safety training session for Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire Fighting, and Electronic News Gathering aviation units from around the state of Florida.  More than 70 attendees from 23 different organizations attended the event. The safety session focused on the United… Read more »

Source: Marion County Sheriff, 22-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters to host Fort Worth safety symposium

Airbus Helicopters to host Fort Worth safety symposium

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is hosting a U.S. Customer Safety Symposium dedicated to highlighting top safety issues in the industry and allowing customers to share their ideas and solutions. The two-day conference begins today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. AHI leadership, customers and industry experts will discuss helicopter safety, including safety… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-May-14

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Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

El Paso Police are still looking for burglars who vandalized a JetRanger and a jet fuel tanker in the Franklin Mountains in northeast El Paso on Wednesday. See full story

Source: KVIA ABC-7, 16-May-14

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HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety!

HAI Seeks Educators and Experts in Rotorcraft Safety!

HAI is developing the Education Program for HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 and seeks proposals for Professional Education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions from qualified persons or vendors. Be part of continuing excellence in your industry—submit your proposal today! Professional Education Courses To provide a high-quality program for helicopter professionals, HAI strives to enhance, expand, and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-May-14

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Free Day-Long Safety Seminar for Helicopter Pilots in Colorado

Free Day-Long Safety Seminar for Helicopter Pilots in Colorado

FREE, day-long safety seminar for all helicopter pilots! May 17, 8:00 am, Air Methods Corporation (AMC) Training Center, Aurora, Colo. Attention Helicopter Pilots! Join in for the very latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry, presented by a panel of experts from industry, Helicopter Association International (HAI), FAASTeam, and Denver FSDO. Discuss… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-May-14

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Safety Analysis: Most Helicopter Accidents Occurring in U.S. West and South

Safety Analysis: Most Helicopter Accidents Occurring in U.S. West and South

As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013.  It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents.  Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow… Read more »

Source: IHST, 13-May-14

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Yukon R44 crash survivors sue Horizon Helicopters

Yukon R44 crash survivors sue Horizon Helicopters

The two survivors of a helicopter crash near Carcross, Yukon, two years ago are suing operator Horizon Helicopters. see full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 10-Jul-12 C-GHZN Robinson R44 Carcross, Canada (1F)

Source: CBC, 11-May-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S3/2014: Agusta AW139 (G-LBAL), near Gillingham Hall, Norfolk, 13 March 2014

Source: AAIB, 11-May-14

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HAI Expands Safety Outreach to Myanmar

HAI Expands Safety Outreach to Myanmar

The country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, recently began a rapid expansion of its economy and infrastructure, due to a relaxation of sanctions that have been in place for some time. As offshore oil exploration, tourism, and other traditional helicopter markets expand, the Myanmar Ministry of Transportation is faced with the task of developing… Read more »

11-May-14

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Irish pilot fined €20,000 for low flying and other charges

Irish pilot fined €20,000 for low flying and other charges

A helicopter pilot has been fined €20,000 for flying dangerously low over thousands of people attending the busiest day of Ballinasloe Horse Fair three years ago.  See full story. The content of that story include reference to the same pilot crashing the helicopter later the same day, which pins it down to the following incident… Read more »

Source: Irish Times, 09-May-14

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HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

HAI promote Houston Helicopter Safety Conference

Multiple Safety Briefings for all helicopter pilots, and a free lunch! Attention all helicopter pilots! Don’t miss this event featuring the latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry. Presented by top industry experts in their field, discussions inlcude accident trends, Next-Gen for helicopters, medical qualifications, and more! May 15, 9:00 am, 1940… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-May-14

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Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

Australia proposes rules changes to winching and rapelling operations

This NPRM is issued by CASA with a view to ensuring that Australian aviation safety requirements are current and appropriately address safety risks. CASA’s policies require that the aviation safety regulations must: be necessary to address known or likely safety risks provide for the most efficient allocation of Industry and CASA resources be clear and… Read more »

Source: CASA, 08-May-14

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Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

Oil & Gas UK applauds CAA safety review announcement

In response to the annoucement from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today, Oil & Gas UK chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “The CAA consultation with industry has been highly constructive, prompting and accelerating the introduction of breakthrough lifesaving equipment over a year ahead of CAA proposed action A10 (CAP1145) – a real milestone for safety… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 08-May-14

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CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

CAA changes timescales for offshore helicopter safety measures

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced changes to two of its requirements aimed at improving offshore helicopter safety. It follows discussions with the oil and gas industry, helicopter operators and representatives of the offshore workforce and pilots. In February the CAA announced a series of measures to improve the safety of offshore operations…. Read more »

Source: CAA, 08-May-14

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Accident Free in 2013? Apply for HAI’s Operator Safety Award

Accident Free in 2013? Apply for HAI’s Operator Safety Award

To recognize helicopter operators who go the distance for safety — day in and day out — HAI presents the HAI Operator Safety Award to its member-operators who were accident free* throughout the previous calendar year. HAI presents one engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion at no cost to first-time recipients who qualify. Previous recipients… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-May-14

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Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

Center for Patient Safety Inks First Nationwide Contract with Air Evac Lifeteam

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS) has landed its first national contract from Air Evac Lifeteam, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, announced Becky Miller, executive director, CPS. Air Evac Lifeteam, an air ambulance company, currently has 115 bases in 15 states. The three-year participation agreement was executed on April 1, 2014. “By participating… Read more »

Source: CPS, 06-May-14

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FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation groups will launch an eight-month national safety campaign titled, “Got Weather? #GotWx,” to help general aviation (GA) pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.  FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and GA leaders will kick-off the Got Weather?… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-May-14

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UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a series of template risk models, highlighting a number of specific safety scenarios, which airline and airport operators, air navigation service providers, maintenance organisations, ground service providers and regulators can use as part of their own safety management systems (SMS). The models will allow organisations to assess… Read more »

Source: CAA, 01-May-14

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Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect.  At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.”  The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope.  Not perfect, but well within the… Read more »

Source: IHST, 30-Apr-14

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UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

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NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

New weather forecasting technologies and probabilistic weather information, which can help operators determine the risk of flying into thousands of airports worldwide, will be the topic of an upcoming free NBAA webinar. “Managing Weather Risk” takes place at 1 p.m. (EDT), on April 29, and NBAA Members can register for the session right up until… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 27-Apr-14

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HAI to help host Myanmar Helicopter Safety Seminar

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose and an international cast of rotor-wing professionals will host the first-ever helicopter safety seminar in Yangon, Myanmar, April 28. The seminar will bring together helicopter professionals, customers, executives, and key stakeholders from across Myanmar and Southeast Asia to discuss safety standards and best practices. Read more about the… Read more »

25-Apr-14

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Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com/), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Apr-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has gathered U.S. civil helicopter accident data for the 10-year period of 2004 to 2013 in order to determine year-to-year and month-to-month trends. As expected, when warmer weather arrives during the spring and summer months, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise.  For the… Read more »

Source: USHST, 23-Apr-14

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FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

In response to industry feedback and so that the FAA can develop detailed guidance materials, the FAA is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year to April 22, 2015. This will provide the industry with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots…. Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Apr-14

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FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

As many of you are aware, the 2014 Safety Management System Focus Group meeting planned for Dallas/Fort Worth, TX April 29, 30 and May 1, 2014 has been canceled. We want to thank all the industry and FAA personnel who demonstrated interest and volunteered to participate in the event. We are planning a 2015 SMS… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Apr-14

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Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham Life Support will be introducing its new maritime safety system, Survivor+ at OTC 2014, May 5-8 in Houston, Texas. The Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System, a new class of ‘wearable’ PFD (Personal Flotation Device), uniquely incorporates both a SOLAS approved inflatable life jacket and a personal life raft into a single system worn as… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 21-Apr-14

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Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

The Flight Safety Foundation announced today that Jon Beatty, former President and CEO of International Aero Engines, has been named as its new President and CEO. Mr. Beatty comes to the Foundation after a distinguished career as an aviation executive. Along with his recent experience with International Aero Engines, he spent time in several executive… Read more »

Source: FSF, 15-Apr-14

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Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied a forum non conveniens motion filed by Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell to have a fatal helicopter crash case (the very first R66 crash) removed from her courtroom in Los Angeles to be litigated in Colombia, where the crash occurred. In her March 28 ruling, the Honorable Michelle R…. Read more »

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Apr-14

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Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director Robert Paterson said: “Oil & Gas UK is working with our members to assess the impact on safety of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Review. “Like the CAA, our primary focus is to create and maintain a safe environment for our industry to operate in.  If… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 10-Apr-14

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