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21-Feb-16 Airbus AS350 Uritorco, Argentina

Crashed during the rescue of a paraglider who had suffered multiple fractures

21-Feb-16

20-Feb-16 VH-LYW Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-LYW, 88 km northeast of Roma, Queensland, on 20 February 2016. During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.

20-Feb-16

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FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-Feb-16

Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Charting their body dimensions has also cast valuable light on their ability to escape through a helicopter window. Bigger individuals are less likely to be able to do so than smaller individuals, but the study has shown that size isn’t everything. The new findings from a joint research project into the size and shape of… Read more »

Source: RGU, 16-Feb-16

Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

The sole Enstrom TH-180 development aircraft N180TH [pictured] had an accident on Friday, coming down in a residential area close to Marinette Twin County Airport in Menominee, Michigan where the manufacturer is based.  The helicopter hit a power pole and some tree branches on 14th Avenue and crashed right-side up at 18th Street and 15th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

HAI President seeks help from membership

HAI President seeks help from membership

As most of you know, HAI exists to serve the needs of you, our members, and to advocate on your behalf. We want to ensure you do not have to operate in an environment of over burdensome regulations and legislation that restrict your ability to conduct your activities and remain economically viable. This philosophy applies… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-16

14-Feb-16 VH-HXY Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

During the approach and landing, the pilot sighted powerlines strung across his landing point, and manoeuvred to remain clear of them.  While on the ground, the wind veered from a southwest to a southerly direction, so that to take off into wind, the helicopter would track perpendicular to the powerlines. After completing the pre-take-off checks,… Read more »

14-Feb-16

HAI campaigns against taking ATC outside FAA control

HAI campaigns against taking ATC outside FAA control

The timing is critical for the helicopter industry to help stave off major changes to the FAA that will impact your operations and bring additional costs for your operation. The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will vote on Thursday on a bill that could fundamentally change how U.S. airspace is governed and what kind… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Feb-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2016

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-DEFY), dynamic rollover, Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, 25 September 2015 Robinson R22 Beta (G-TIMH), heavy landing, Nottingham Heliport, 13 September 2015 Robinson R66 (G-LROK), dynamic rollover during takeoff, Denham Airfield, Buckinghamshire, 12 September 2015

Source: AAIB, 12-Feb-16

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12-Feb-16 N180TH Enstrom TH-180 Menominee, US-Michigan

Test flight accident, coming down in residential area 600m short of runway 32 at Marinette Twin County Airport

12-Feb-16

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IHST gathers safety experts from around the globe at Heli-Expo

IHST gathers safety experts from around the globe at Heli-Expo

Global members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) will gather at Heli-Expo next month for a worldwide summit focused on civil helicopter safety and to share knowledge and advice about reducing accidents. Safety experts will participate in the summit from countries with substantial civil helicopter operations, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the… Read more »

Source: IHST, 11-Feb-16

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11-Feb-15 G-OAMI Bell 206B Booker, UK

Date is not confirmed but is between 4th February and 11th when it was transported from Booker (Wycombe Air Park) by road. Substantially damaged in heavy landing with 5 on board.  Industry sources indicate that the tail boom was badly damaged in the autorotation landing.

11-Feb-16

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Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ safety campaign

Carilion Life-Guard launches ‘Land The Drone’ safety campaign

On Friday, Carilion Clinic Life-Guard pilots and drone operators met at the hangar on McClanahan Street in Roanoke to talk about safe ways to share the airspace. See Full Story

Source: WDBJ7, 10-Feb-16

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06-Feb-16 C-???? Eurocopter EC120 Toronto, Canada

The privately-registered Eurocopter EC-120B helicopter was on a local VFR flight from Toronto Billy Bishop/Toronto City Centre Airport, ON (CYTZ). The helicopter was being flown in circuits at Brampton Airport, ON (CNC3) when it experienced a loss of power. The helicopter crashed near the southern end of the airport property. Two (2) souls on board… Read more »

06-Feb-16

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Maverick Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for fifth straight year

Maverick Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for fifth straight year

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2015 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor, which the company has now received five years in a row, is a result of Maverick Helicopters’ ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. The FAA’s Award of Excellence… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 05-Feb-16

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03-Feb-16 5N-BQJ Sikorsky S76C++ off Lagos, Nigeria

Ditched into the sea shortly after take off from offshore installation.  All nine passengers and two crew safely rescued

03-Feb-16

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31-Jan-16 N215KA Bell 212 Nakusp, Canada

The pilot was attempting to land on a marked heliski landing site on a ski run called “Nicole”. This was the second landing of the day at this location; the helicopter was carrying 10 guests, 2 guides and the pilot. The first approach was abandoned due to skiers from a previous group waiting on the… Read more »

31-Jan-16

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New technology to clear 1cm thick ice on rotor blades

New technology to clear 1cm thick ice on rotor blades

A new nanotech coating can melt ice on helicopter blades and might offer a new way to de-ice aircraft, wind turbines, and power lines. In tests, the material melted centimeter-thick ice from a static helicopter rotor blade in a minus-4-degree Fahrenheit environment. When a small voltage was applied, the coating delivered electrothermal heat—called Joule heating—to… Read more »

Source: Rice University, 27-Jan-16

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HAI Rotor Safety Challenge returns at Heli-Expo 2016

HAI Rotor Safety Challenge returns at Heli-Expo 2016

At HAI HELI-EXPO 2016, HAI will bring back the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge: an easy and economical way to learn industry best practices, including safety tools and techniques you can apply back on the job. Free to all registered HAI HELI-EXPO attendees and exhibitors, the 2016 HAI Rotor Safety Challenge features 63 safety education events. Most… Read more »

Source: HAI, 27-Jan-16

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HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

HAI joins Gulf of Mexico operators for safety meeting

The Helicopter Safety Advisory Committee (HSAC) is an opportunity for the stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) to come together and work on safety issues that affect the Oil and Gas industry. HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose joined helicopter operators, the energy companies, the regulators and other who operate in and around… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-16

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Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed criminal cases against two drone pilots on Wednesday for allegedly flying their drones in controlled airspace. See Full story

Source: PC World, 22-Jan-16

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IHST Safety Experts to contribute to 14 Heli-Expo 2016 Workshops

IHST Safety Experts to contribute to 14 Heli-Expo 2016 Workshops

Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Louisville at 14 different workshops and at a special safety symposium. The IHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through a government and industry cooperative effort that has resulted in a worldwide decrease in civil helicopter… Read more »

Source: IHST, 21-Jan-16

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20-Jan-16 C-GOFH Bell 206L-1 Twin Lakes Camp, Canada

The Custom Helicopters Bell 206L-1, C-GOFH, was hovering prior to touchdown at a remote camp in north eastern Manitoba when an unsecured canvas portion of a Quonset hut was blown into the rotor disc. The aircraft landed without further incident. The helicopter sustained damage to one rotor blade and will remain on location pending inspection… Read more »

20-Jan-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta Bell 206B (G-SUEX), loss of engine power in a position from which it was not possible to conduct a safe landing, Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, 16 September 2014 Enstrom 480 (G-IGHH), wire strike, Aldbury, Hertfordshire, 9… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 17-Jan-16

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Charlotte Metroplex project leads FAA NextGen ATC upgrades

Charlotte Metroplex project leads FAA NextGen ATC upgrades

North Carolina was “first in flight” when the Wright Brothers took to the skies at Kitty Hawk, and now it’s leading the way to the next generation of air traffic control. NextGen procedures are helping flights operate more efficiently at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), improving on-time performance and decreasing emissions. The Charlotte Metroplex project includes new arrival and departure procedures for CLT and surrounding airports in North Carolina, South Carolina and southern Virginia. Procedural changes in… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Jan-16

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FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

FAA launches B4U Fly app at CES show

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the public release of the B4UFLY mobile application following an initial beta testing period. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The app is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Jan-16

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USHST to host safety symposium at ​ Heli-Expo 2016

USHST to host safety symposium at  ​ Heli-Expo 2016

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (http://www.ushst.org/) will help the Helicopter Association International (HAI) kick off​​ Heli-Expo 2016 by hosting a Symposium for helicopter safety professionals on Feb. 29th in Louisville. The theme of the Safety Symposium will be “Safety and the Bottom Line” and will include presentations focused on showing how safety initiatives and the… Read more »

Source: USHT, 06-Jan-16

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FAA increases awareness to reduce Loss Of Control accidents

FAA increases awareness to reduce Loss Of Control accidents

The FAA and general aviation (GA) group’s #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. What is Loss of Control (LOC)? A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure from controlled flight. LOC can happen when an aircraft operates outside its normal flight… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Jan-16

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HeliHub.com Christmas break

HeliHub.com Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016. 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, 21-Dec-15

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19-Dec-15 VH-NPS Airbus AS350B3 Glenbrook, Australia

Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and… Read more »

19-Dec-15

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UK CAA updates website and launches alerting system

UK CAA updates website and launches alerting system

Two significant improvements to the way the UK Civil Aviation Authority provides information to the public and its wide and diverse range of stakeholders have been made today with the launch of a new website and industry alerting system. The website provides a range of enhanced, easily accessible information. It is automatically optimised for mobile… Read more »

Source: U K CAA, 15-Dec-15

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit grant application date extended

Aviation students can now apply for an expenses-paid opportunity to attend the 12th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, through grants which honour a longtime advocate of excellence in aviation safety training. The Dr. Peter Gardiner Student Grant, worth more than C$4,000, covers admission to the summit, a registration to the pre-summit HFACS course, as well… Read more »

15-Dec-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2015

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter (Deutschland) EC135 T2+ (G-SPAO), crashed in Glasgow City Centre, Scotland, on 29 November 2013

Source: AAIB, 10-Dec-15

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FAA makes changes to Airspace Obstruction Standards

FAA makes changes to Airspace Obstruction Standards

Among the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) main priorities is to keep all users of our national airspace safe. To maintain the safest aerospace system in the world, the FAA must make sure the national airspace is navigable and free of obstructions. When anyone proposes new construction or proposes to alter existing structures near airports or… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Dec-15

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10-Dec-15 N408FC Bell 407 McFarland, US-California (4F)

EMS helicopter “went down in dense fog in an area known to have overhead powerlines”, killing all four on board – pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and patient

10-Dec-15

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10-Dec-15 G-OAGC Airbus EC225 Aberdeen, UK

CHC EC225 made emergency landing following warning light in cockpit.  Helicopter was reported as 60 miles out east from Aberdeen to a rig when it turned round and returned to Aberdeen

10-Dec-15

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FAA issues reminder on Loss of Control situation

FAA issues reminder on Loss of Control situation

The FAA and general aviation (GA) group’s #FlySafe 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-Dec-15

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Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

In its investigation report (A13H0002) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a strong probability of a lack of visual cues to judge altitude led to the fatal September 2013 crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO 105 helicopter in the M’Clure Strait, Northwest Territories. On 9 September 2013,… Read more »

Source: TSB, 09-Dec-15

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09-Dec-15 N4427H Robinson R44 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Accident reported on NTSB website without further details

09-Dec-15

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Register by year end for 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit discount

Register by year end for 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit discount

CHC Helicopter is offering discounts for early registration to the 12th annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit, one of the world’s premier aviation-safety conferences. Early bird registration for the 2016 CHC Safety and Quality Summit is open now until Dec. 31. During that period, enrolling in the April 04-06 conference costs C$1085 plus tax –… Read more »

Source: CHC, 07-Dec-15

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07-Dec-15 N607BP MD Helicopters MD600N Angleton, US-Texas

During the approach, the helicopter pitched forward, and the pilot moved the cyclic aft to compensate for the forward pitch. Shortly thereafter, the helicopter rolled to the right and entered a spin to the right. The pilot then attempted to land the helicopter, but it impacted terrain and rolled onto its left side. Pilot Ed… Read more »

07-Dec-15

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FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

FAA: Fly Safe With Your Drone

You’ve bought that shiny new camera-equipped drone you’ve yearning for. You can’t wait to get into the sky and let loose your inner high-flying aerial photographer, right? Did you know you’re also going to become a pilot? When you fly your drone anywhere in the nation’s airspace, you automatically become part of the U.S. aviation system. Under the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Dec-15

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03-Dec-15 73-QL Cicare CH-7 Albens, France

Skid collapsed in heavy landing after striking wires – which the pilot had not seen due to being distracted by direct sunlight

03-Dec-15

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What is Safety Reporting System and how should it work?

What is Safety Reporting System and how should it work?

My name is Daniel Maurino, and I am what in English is called a ‘safety practitioner’. I have dedicated most of my professional life to work on issues related with the safety management systems in aviation. The topic of this presentation is the ‘reporting system’, why they are so much needed and how they should… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 02-Dec-15

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FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. U.S. and Thai aviation officials have a long-standing cooperative relationship… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 ZS-SDJ Robinson R44 II Musiva, South Africa (2F)

Both occupants suffered fatal injuries when this R44 went down in the Limpopo region of South Africa. The pair were named as De Klerk van Heerden and Roxanne van der Bank

02-Dec-15

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02-Dec-15 Boeing AH-64 Clarksville, US-Tennessee

Apache from  101st Airborne Division crashed around 7pm on a night training flight

02-Dec-15

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01-Dec-15 Robinson R22A South Venice, US-Florida

R22 went down on a training flight from Venice Regional Airport.  Female student named here as Agnus Jolumo was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with head and facial injuries, while the male instructor Ronald Vasconcelos went by land ambulance with minor injuries to Venice Bayfront Health FAA quote this as N8560M but that R22 was… Read more »

01-Dec-15

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29-Nov-15 RA-04037 Airbus AS350B3 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (4F)

Controlled flight into terrain

29-Nov-15

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Three things pilots know about crisis management

Three things pilots know about crisis management

The day I passed the flight test and earned my private pilot’s license more than 20 years ago, I was a safe and competent aviator, but not yet a good one.See full story.

Source: Fast Company, 27-Nov-15

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CHC and Total collaborate to repel birds from offshore rigs

CHC and Total collaborate to repel birds from offshore rigs

Offshore installations provide birds with a perfect landing spot. However, their presence is a globally recognized problem because, if left undisturbed, guano build up can reduce the safety of helidecks. To address this, Bird Control Group, CHC Helicopter and Total E&P Nederland (a subsidiary of the French energy company Total) collaborated to develop and install… Read more »

Source: Bird Control Group, 26-Nov-15

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AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), in cooperation with helicopter manufacturers Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter, announces its commitment to the installation of Crash Resistant Fuel Systems (CRFS) in all new aircraft and equipping current aircraft with CRFS as those products become available. Our members are proud to partner with Bell Helicopter and Airbus on this… Read more »

Source: AMOA, 26-Nov-15

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2015

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 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, 25-Nov-15

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FAA warns users of noise-cancelling headsets

FAA warns users of noise-cancelling headsets

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises general aviation pilots and operators of concerns with the use of noise cancelling headsets. In many cases, pilots are using the noise cancelling headsets as supplementary equipment during operations. When wearing these headsets, the pilot may be unaware of environmental sounds and audible warning annunciations in the cockpit… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 N355RH Airbus AS350BA Las Charcas, Dominican Republic

As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic

24-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 VT-ELJ Airbus AS365N2 Meluri, India

Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.

24-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 VT-JKB Airbus AS350B3 Katra, India (7F)

A bird is reported to have hit the tail rotor shortly after take-off. While the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, the helicopter hit power lines, crashed and caught fire.  The helicopter was  ferrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi temple.  The seven fatalities were named as  pilot Sumita Vijayn from Kerala, Arjun Singh,… Read more »

23-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 Sikorsky UH-60L Fort Hood, US-Texas (4F)

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt, commanding general, First Army Division West, released the following statement on Tuesday 24th:  “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of four First Army Division West Soldiers as a result of a UH-60L helicopter crash that happened Monday evening sometime after 5:49 p.m. The accident is… Read more »

23-Nov-15

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23-Nov-15 Boeing AH-64 Wonju, Korea (2F)

US Army Apache crashed after hitting wires on a routine training mission, killing both on board.  Post crash fire.  Debris scattered across a road 500m from nearest houses.  The authorities reported wire among the wreckage and the upper part of a nearby high-voltage tower was damaged.

23-Nov-15

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21-Nov-15 ZK-HKU Eurocopter AS350BA Fox Glacier, New Zealand (7F)

Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre. It is of particular note that the two visible main… Read more »

21-Nov-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 20-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to… Read more »

18-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

18-Nov-15

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Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky sued over 2014 Georgia Black Hawk crash

Sikorsky Aircraft is being sued by the families of three U.S. Army soldiers after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into a Georgia airfield in 2014 and one of its passengers died, according to the Connecticut Law Tribune. See Full Story

Source: Patch, 17-Nov-15

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BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro has been awarded the 2015 Airbus Helicopters Canada “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring many years of safe operations. This award is presented to a nominee or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the overall goal of safe flying operations, including skill development,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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16-Nov-15 N88HA Airbus H120 Elkhart, US-Indiana

Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation.  Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning

16-Nov-15

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New website for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety

New website for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety

HAI on Friday launched hai-aps.rotor.org,  a new website for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) — a program designed to help HAI operator members fly to a higher degree of safety. Federal aviation regulations set a minimum standard for safety. The HAI-APS lays a course for operators who want to demonstrate to themselves, their staff,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Nov-15

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Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

Indian Professor develops tail rotor health monitoring system

An associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here has developed a real-time online health monitoring system for tail rotor flexbeams that can “greatly reduce the chances of helicopter accidents.”See full story.

Source: Deccan Herald, 12-Nov-15

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12-Nov-15 VH-HWJ Robinson R22 Kiana Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-HWJ, 90km S of McArthur River Mine, Northern Territory, on 12 November 2015. While conducting aerial mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

12-Nov-15

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HAI Petitions for Seat on Rotorcraft Safety Working Group

HAI Petitions for Seat on Rotorcraft Safety Working Group

The FAA on Thursday published an expected notification in the Federal Register, announcing the formation of a working group to make recommendations regarding occupant protection for rotorcraft. HAI has told the FAA that the association would like to be a part of the working group, which is under the auspices of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Nov-15

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07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker. Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over… Read more »

07-Nov-15

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06-Nov-15 VH-NCL Robinson R22 Newman, Australia

Shortly after take-off, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were not injured.

06-Nov-15

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FAA Focuses on Helicopter Safety

FAA Focuses on Helicopter Safety

The total number of U.S. helicopter accidents has steadily declined over the past 10 years, but the aviation community has not made sustainable progress in reducing the number of fatal accidents. In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s  2013-2014 post-crash fire and blunt force trauma study, along with concerns raised by the National Transportation Safety Board… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Nov-15

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UK CAA signs safety MoU with Kazakhstan

UK CAA signs safety MoU with Kazakhstan

The Minister of Investments and Development (MID) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Asset Issekeshev has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CAA International (CAAi), the State-to-State advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Witnessed by British Prime Minister, David Cameron and Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, the MoU supports future collaboration… Read more »

Source: CAA, 05-Nov-15

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Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Miami aviation attorney Steven Marks settles a malpractice suit with an insurance company seeking to recover a $2 million payment in a helicopter crash involving billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer. See Full Story

Source: Daily Business Review, 05-Nov-15

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