Bond Air Services, the operator of the Scottish Police EC135 which had a tragic accident on 29th November, issued the following statement on Thursday 12th:- “During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet has experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation. Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations… Read more »
On Thursday, December 12, at 12 Noon EST, please join the FAA for a webinar hosted by Fred Tilton, MD, Federal Air Surgeon, who will discuss modifications to the FAA’s sleep apnea policy and processes. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that disrupts an individual’s normal sleep cycle. True to its name, it is… Read more »
The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350B (G-JESI), cockpit fire in flight, forced landing, Lindley Hall Farm nr Fenny Drayton, 3 August 2013
S76 with two pilots and six passengers ditches in sea. All 8 rescued by passing boat. Passengers were working for Petronas Carigali, and Police said they were from France, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Canada
EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has earned an ARGUS Gold Certification, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to safety. To award a Gold Rating, aviation services company ARGUS International Inc. conducts comprehensive research into numerous databases and other reputable sources. It compiles historical safety ratings, aircraft and pilot background checks, and on-site safety audits to… Read more »
The AAIB has in the last three hours published an initial summary of their findings to date of the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135 accident in Glasgow on 29th November. The accident killed the pilot from Bond Air Services, and the two police offciers in the helicopter – and a further six on the ground. The… Read more »
During landing at a private property, the helicopter skid and main rotor contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The occupants were able to exit uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged.
Helicopter was hovering low over orchards on a standard frost-mitigation operation. Problem at low level after the helicopter had been running for about 10 hours straight (bar fuel stops), and landed in crop with main blades striking tail boom on the way. Pilot Stephen Streeter.
Reportedly a night landing involving tail rotor impacting trees (or the ground) – causing heavy and awkward landing with wheels dug into soft soil. Owner reported incident to police on 08-Dec-13 but accident may have been 07-Dec-13
Helicopter landed in a field with light snow covering. Main blades badly bent and rotor mast at an angle. Fuselage, boom and tail appear near normal situation. The pilot and three passengers were uninjured.
Two killed on instructional flight. Reports state R44 as helicopter type but photo evidence shows S300C. Tail boom and tail rotor separate from the rest of the wreckage which was completely burned out.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12P0079) into a fatal collision with terrain involving a Eurocopter AS350 operated by Bailey Helicopters Ltd. on 1 June 2012 in Terrace, British Columbia. The helicopter was on a local mountain training flight in daylight conditions under visual flight rules with three crew members on board. Approximately 45… Read more »
The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) today released a Safety Management Toolkit for non-Complex Operators consisting of a Safety Management Manual (SMM), a Guidance Document and an Emergency Response Plan. This Toolkit has been created by the Specialist Team Operations & SMS of EHEST. The SMM Version 1 for Non-Complex operators has been developed with consideration of… Read more »
A further body has been recovered from the Clutha Vaults bar in central Glasgow following the accident involving the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135T2i on Friday evening. This brings the death toll to nine, of which six were in the bar and three in the helicopter – Bond Air Services pilot David Traill and police officers… Read more »
Centralized Operations Business Unit (COBU) Technical Services Manager Richard Tudge, who is based in Perth, was recently invited to speak at the Turbomeca Asia-Pacific Symposium on Bristow’s Target Zero culture of safety and its safety management system (SMS). The bi-annual event was held in Bali, Indonesia, with 140 delegates representing various civil and military operators… Read more »
Some offshore operations have in recent years been hampered by radar interference from massive offshore wind farms. However, it looks like this could soon be history with the following press release from Terma:- Terma’s SCANTER 4002 radar demonstrated exceptional results during a test performed in late 2012 in Abilene, Texas, U.S. with more than 500… Read more »
Two helicopters flying in tandem and one experienced issue which led to hard landing and all three occupants injured. Crew from second helicopter on hand to ensure injured kept safe and warm until further rescue arrives. The two are operating for the Australian Antarctic Division
EC135 helicopter crashes onto roof of a crowded bar during a live music gig at approx 10.25pm. Ten fatalities – the three in the helicopter and seven on the ground. 32 to hospital, of which 14 with serious injuries. Statements issued so far include those from Scottish Police, helicopter operator Bond Air Services, manufacturer Eurocopter,… Read more »
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A12A0085) into the August 2012 engine failure and hard landing of a Bell 407 helicopter inWabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 12 August 2012, a Universal Helicopters Newfoundland Limited Bell 407 helicopter was slinging a drill tower approximately 4 nautical miles southwest of Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador. At around 1 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time, as the helicopter was… Read more »
FAA Aviation Safety SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN SUBJ: Recommendations for Rotorcraft During Icing/Snowy Conditions SAIB: SW-08-03R4 Date: November 26, 2013 This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory. Introduction As a continued emphasis on rotorcraft and icing conditions, this Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners and operators of turboshaft-powered rotorcraft, of the possibility of… Read more »
Helicopter carrying relief supplies crashed into Manila Bay. Two occupants – named here as Captain Irene Dornier and Captain James Eagles – both rescued by US Marines involved in the post-typhoon relief effort
Safety consultant Ronnie McDonald also said the issues raised by Unite are already being addressed by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group, which features the offshore unions, including Unite. See full story
ORNGE failed to ensure the safety of its helicopter operations and endangered its pilots, federal investigators say in a damning indictment that orders immediate changes at the medical transport agency. See full story
Aerial work and private flights were permitted under the visual flight rules in dark night conditions, which are effectively the same as instrument meteorological conditions, but without sufficient requirements for proficiency checks and recent experience to enable flight solely by reference to the flight instruments. Response to safety issue by: the Civil Aviation Safety Authority… Read more »
While en route from Tegucigalpa to Juticalpa, an inflight problem led to emergency landing, during which main rotor blades sliced tail boom. Helicopter landed upright on its skids in a field of long grass. One passenger was Honduras’ ruling party presidential candidate, Juan Hernandez
HAI’s director of safety outreach programs, Stan Rose, and Jose Orozco, HAI’s safety programs coordinator, are in Mexico City were they took part in the 7th Annual Safety Meeting for Aeronautical Pilots from November 12-13, hosted by HAI Affiliate Member Colegio de Pilotos Aviadores de Mexico, A.C. Increased demand and use of rotorcraft in Mexico… Read more »
Sources say the suit will contain bombshell claims — including questioning whether the passenger was at the controls when the AS355 crashed. See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)
The 2013 winner of Eurocopter Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award is Mr. Paul Spring, President of Phoenix Heli-Flight, following a review of nominees by a helicopter industry committee. Active in the industry for over 37 years, Spring is an early adopter of innovative safety management systems in Canada helicopter operations and a strong advocate for… Read more »
During a low altitude flight with external load, the pilot heard a strong noise coming from the tail rotor blades, followed by a tendency to turn to the left. He depressed the right pedal completely and reduced power in order to diminish the torque. He managed to touch the ground in a stabilized manner, but after hearing a highpitch… Read more »
The family of a passenger killed in an R44 crash during the production of the documentary “DeepSea Challenge” has filed a wrongful death suit against James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment as well as Robinson and others. See full story More information on the safety page for this accident – 04-Feb-12 VH-COK Robinson R44 Jaspers Brush, Australia (2F)… Read more »
Unite the union have invited media to the launch on Wednesday 6th November of their ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign which calls for immediate improvements to the safety of offshore helicopter flights on the North Sea. The union’s demands which reflect the wishes and concerns of Unite members and the wider offshore workforce call for; Safer emergency… Read more »
Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a series of extreme pitch excursions which resulted in the airspeed reducing below 20 kt, followed by a descent. The flight crew were eventually able to recover to normal flight. The helicopter had descended to within approximately 50 feet of the sea surface…. Read more »