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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has a long-term helicopter support contract with Chugach Electric Association (CEA), which has been extended for two additional years as permitted in the original contract award. The extension will retain Erickson through December 31, 2018. The assigned mission will be to fly essential crew and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 03-Oct-16

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US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

US Coast Guard contracts with Erickson in Alaska

Erickson  has been selected to provide helicopter transportation services for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in Alaska.  Under the firm, fixed-price purchase order, Erickson’s Bell 212 helicopters will transport USCG Research and Development Center (RDC) staff and equipment to various locations in the Nome, Alaska area through the end of August. The contract work began… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Jun-16

Erickson wins five-year contract with US Dept of Agricultural and US Forest Service

Erickson wins five-year contract with US Dept of Agricultural and US Forest Service

Erickson has been contracted to provide helicopter transport in support of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Inventory Analysis project. Under the five-year contract, Erickson will deliver one exclusive-use, light lift helicopter for charter services to an interagency field crew led by the Alaska DNR Division of Forestry, United States Department of Agricultural… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 02-Jun-16

Erickson Chosen for Two Alaska Fire Suppression Contracts

Erickson Chosen for Two Alaska Fire Suppression Contracts

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts, Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters; one based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks. The contracts are for one year, with four additional… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 27-Mar-16

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation Inc. will become the Airbus Helicopters exclusive commercial aircraft sales agent for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska under an agreement announced Tuesday by officials of Airbus Helicopters Inc. The exclusive sales agent agreement is the first authorized by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in the company’s 47-year history. Based in Hillsboro, Ore. since 1980, Hillsboro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Mar-16

OSHA orders reinstatement of Alaskan whistleblower pilot

OSHA orders reinstatement of Alaskan whistleblower pilot

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered an Alaska aviation company to pay years of back wages, $100,000 in compensatory damages, and to reinstate a pilot who had been suspended, then fired and ostracized among the close-knit industry for reporting safety concerns at work. Bald Mountain Air Services violated federal… Read more »

Source: OSHA, 26-Feb-16

US Coast Guard MH-60 pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Capt. Mark Morin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, awards Lt. John Hess, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 5, 2016. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military-wide honor to recognize heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating… Read more »

12-Feb-16

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Alaska – Helipad denied in Haines

Alaska – Helipad denied in Haines

Scott Sundberg owns Big Salmon Ventures and heliski business Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, or SEABA. See Full Story

Source: KHNS, 16-Nov-15

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26-Oct-15 C-GSLY Airbus AS350B2 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to… Read more »

26-Oct-15

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Alaska State Troopers ground one AS350B3 as budget cuts bite

Alaska State Troopers ground one AS350B3 as budget cuts bite

It has transpired recently that Alaska State Troopers have grounded one of their two AS350B3 helicopters in an attempt to save money, and they only have a guarantee to fly the second until the end of June 2016.  A budget decision awaits the future of the unit beyond that date. The Troopers have grounded “Helo-2”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-15

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First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

The first of 24 Apache AH-64 attack helicopters arrived Tuesday at their new home, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 20-Aug-15

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New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

New Apache unit coming to Fort Wainwright

Two AH-64 Apache attack helicopters will arrive at Fort Wainwright, near Fairbanks, on Thursday, the first of what will be a new helicopter battalion. See Full Story

Source: ADN, 13-Aug-15

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Erickson appoints Regional Manager for Alaska

Erickson appoints Regional Manager for Alaska

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce today that the company has named Michael Williams as the company’s Alaska Regional Manager. Erickson is expanding its presence in the Alaskan market and has created this leadership position to directly serve local customers. In his role as the Alaska Regional… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 13-Jul-15

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HAI Working for Safety in Alaska

HAI Working for Safety in Alaska

Each year in the beginning of May, aviation enthusiasts gather in Anchorage for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering presented by the Alaska Airman’s Association. Now in its 18th season, this is Alaska’s premier, must-see aviation event. The days are getting longer, the trees are budding, and everyone is thinking about flying again. It is a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-May-15

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Era Group reports FY 2015 Q1 results

Era Group reports FY 2015 Q1 results

 Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today reported break-even net earnings for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015 (“current quarter”) on operating revenues of $67.4 million. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 (“prior year quarter”) was $4.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, on operating revenues of $79.4 million. Earnings before interest,… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 06-May-15

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AW169 completes cold weather testing in Alaska

AW169 completes cold weather testing in Alaska

The AW169 displayed Heli-Expo by AgustaWestland had straight from Alaska where last month it successfully completed extreme cold weather trials in the framework of civil certification. Excellent performance and system reliability were demonstrated at temperatures down to – 40 C°.  This latest testing followed a series of hot & high trials in Arizona last year which… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 N814EH Airbus AS350B2 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Tail rotor spider assembly fractured in-flight, resulting in an emergency run-on landing at Merrill Field, Anchorage

13-Mar-15

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North Slope Borough Signs for S-92

North Slope Borough Signs for S-92

The helicopter will be used for the critical mission of search and rescue operations (SAR) for all NSB residents. The aircraft was selected to provide a safe, efficient and reliable airborne response to aero medical evacuation (medevac), SAR and other emergencies. NSB is located above the Arctic Circle and operates under some of the harshest… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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Sept. 17 Alaska hearing to focus on heliports, helicopters

Sept. 17 Alaska hearing to focus on heliports, helicopters

An omission in Homer’s city code has prompted a proposed revision of where heliports can and cannot be allowed. See Full Story

Source: Homer News, 15-Sep-14

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Parents of snowboarder killed by avalanche sue Alaska heli-skiing company

Parents of snowboarder killed by avalanche sue Alaska heli-skiing company

The family of 26-year-old Nickolay Dodov, who died following the March 2012 slide, filed the lawsuit July 16 in U.S. District Court. see full story.  File photo

Source: Alaska Dispatch News, 28-Jul-14

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28-Jun-14 N567NA Eurocopter AS350B2 Chisik Island, US-Alaska

Force landing on beach

01-Jul-14

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18-Jun-14 N74713 Robinson R44 Coldfoot, US-Alaska

Uncommanded descent and crashed on landing.  Helicopter was carrying a team from the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

18-Jun-14

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FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights over Land

FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights over Land

[Editor note – while we appreciate this is not a rotary-wing story, the ongoing progress in the UAS world will impact our sector before too long] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Jun-14

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11-Jun-14 N356EV Eurocopter AS350B3 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Engine and main rotor over-speed event during engine start, resulting in ground resonance and substantial damage to the helicopter’s fuselage, and main rotor drive system.

11-Jun-14

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28-May-14 N392GP Robinson R44 Chugiak, US-Alaska (1F)

Pilot killed during loadlifting training operations – named here as Thomas Moore.  Post crash fire.  Ground crew seriously burned in attempts to rescue pilot

28-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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FAA approves DeLorme inReach satcom for Enhanced Special Reporting Service in Alaska

FAA approves DeLorme inReach satcom for Enhanced Special Reporting Service in Alaska

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Alaska Flight Services has announced that the DeLorme inReach satellite communicator has been approved for the Enhanced Special Reporting Service (eSRS) program. The inReach is a small satellite communication device that provides automatic GPS flight following, SOS alerting and two-way text messaging from the air. The inReach device has a… Read more »

Source: DeLorme, 08-May-14

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FAA announces second UAS test site operational – in Alaska

FAA announces second UAS test site operational – in Alaska

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. The FAA has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-May-14

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MD Helicopters delivers MD500E to Bering Air

MD Helicopters delivers MD500E to Bering Air

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced today that Nome, Alaska-based Bering Air took delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter. Bering Air is one of the largest rotary wing fleet operators in Western Alaska. Their new MD 500E will provide support for the… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Alaska Department of Public Safety places second AS350B3e into service

Alaska Department of Public Safety places second AS350B3e into service

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters AS35B3e and placed it in service to support operations of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and State Troopers. DPS purchased the new AS50B3e in order to be able to expand operations from its Anchorage headquarters to Fairbanks, more than 350 miles to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Deadly incident costs Alaska heli-ski company $20,000

Deadly incident costs Alaska heli-ski company $20,000

The March 2012 cornice break that killed 34-year-old Alaska heli-ski guide Christian Arcadio Cabanilla is going to cost the company that employed him – Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures – more than $20,000.  See full story

Source: Alaska Dispatch, 22-Jan-14

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Alaska heli-ski operator signs plea deal in land-use case

Alaska heli-ski operator signs plea deal in land-use case

A Haines helicopter ski operation has agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized use of federal land, according to records filed in federal court this week.  See full story The company referred to – SEABA – the initials refer to South East Alaska Backcountry Adventures – have a website at http://seaba-heli.com

Source: Seattle PI, 02-Jan-14

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FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Jan-14

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Cost of closing Bristow Alaska operations is $4 Million

Cost of closing Bristow Alaska operations is $4 Million

In an extract from Bristow Group’s second quarter results (period to 30th September 2013), they state A charge of $0.5 million in costs associated with the planned closure of our Alaska operations which related primarily to employee severance and retention costs. We expect to incur approximately $3.5 million in additional costs related mostly to severance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-13

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Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group have decided to close operations in Alaska, where they currently operate three bases at Fairbanks, Valdez, and Deadhorse.  In a recent statement to employees, SVP of Global Operations Jeremy Akel cited the seasonal nature of the work there as being a factor, along with “providing services that are not aligned with [the company’s] desire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-13

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Evergreen Helicopters awarded new two-year US Army EMS contract

Evergreen Helicopters awarded new two-year US Army EMS contract

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it had won a two-year contract to provide medical evacuation (“MEDEVAC”) service and support… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 11-Sep-13

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05-Sep-13 Bell 206B Katmai National Park, US-Alaska

Crew of three stranded by weather on a volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter.   The three were identified as pilot Sam Egli, USGS geophysicist John Paskievitch and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Taryn Lopez

05-Sep-13

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17-Aug-13 N190EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Healy, US-Alaska

Struck powerlines

17-Aug-13

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08-Aug-13 N70NW Bell UH-1B Tok, US-Alaska

FAA report that this was on “hauling ops” but this video and the caption below suggest it was on firefighting work

08-Aug-13

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ALEA 2013 – Alaska DPS latest law enforcement customer for AS350B3e

ALEA 2013 – Alaska DPS latest law enforcement customer for AS350B3e

Alaska Department of Public Safety is the latest U.S. law enforcement agency to take delivery of a new Eurocopter AS350B3e helicopter and has placed an order with American Eurocopter for a second aircraft to be delivered in early 2014. The new AStar was delivered in a July 2 ceremony to a crew headed by Lt…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

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Erickson Air-Crane renews Essential Air Service route in Alaska

Erickson Air-Crane renews Essential Air Service route in Alaska

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ: EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has been awarded a contract renewal with the Department of Transportation, providing aerial passenger… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 15-Jul-13

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Alaska State Troopers show off new AS350B3e

Alaska State Troopers show off new AS350B3e

The Alaska State Troopers rolled out their new helicopter – Helo 2 on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  see full story and photo

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 12-Jul-13

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Helicopter crash survivor taken off promotion list

Helicopter crash survivor taken off promotion list

The sole survivor of a deadly 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash has been removed from the promotion list, a decision his attorney said could end Lt. Lance Leone’s military career. (See Full Story)

Source: The Seattle Times, 30-May-13

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HAI to hold Anchorage Helicopter Pilot Workshop this week

HAI to hold Anchorage Helicopter Pilot Workshop this week

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, join HAI, the FAASTeam, and a diverse panel of industry experts as they discuss regional issues affecting helicopter pilots, accident trends, personal risk assessment, safety initiatives, and more. There will be a free lunch for all attendees; you can obtain the latest safety materials, earn WINGS credit, and network with… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Apr-13

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Alaska Helicopters founder to receive Lifetime Achievement award

Alaska Helicopters founder to receive Lifetime Achievement award

Cliff Evert will receive the Aviation Entrepreneur Award and enter the Alaska Aviation Hall of Fame at an April 12 banquet at the Princess Riverside Lodge in Fairbanks (see full story).

Source: Alaska Dispatch, 10-Apr-13

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30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

30-Mar-13

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24-Mar-13 N353DL Eurocopter AS350B3 Stevens Village, US-Alaska

On landing, pilot looked to ensure tail rotor clearance and inadvertently inputted cyclic. Helicopter rolled up on one skid and main rotor blades struck the ground. Helicopter was involved in load lifting operations

24-Mar-13

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Maritime Helicopters celebrates 40 years in Alaska

Maritime Helicopters celebrates 40 years in Alaska

Maritime Helicopters Inc. celebrates 40 years of service in Alaska this year. Starting with one leased helicopter in 1973, the family-owned business has steadily grown to become the only Bell Helicopter/Textron Service Center in Alaska. Maritime owns a fleet of Bell Jet Rangers, Long Rangers, and 407 models which support marine, petroleum, construction, and government… Read more »

Source: Maritime Helicopters, 22-Feb-13

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Alaska Heliskiing penalized over safety record

Alaska Heliskiing penalized over safety record

Alaska Heliskiing,  whose permit was renewed recently despite having broken local and state laws and its own safety plan and having lost a guide and client to an avalanche last year, has had its allotted “skier days” cut 25% for the season (see full story)

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 19-Feb-13

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US Coast Guard deploys two MH-60s to St. Paul, Alaska

US Coast Guard deploys two MH-60s to St. Paul, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak temporarily deployed two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews to St. Paul, Alaska, Sunday to safeguard the crab fleet and other fishing vessels engaged in winter fisheries in Southwestern Alaska. With an increased number of vessels operating in the region, the Coast Guard deployed the crews to provide a more rapid response… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 16-Jan-13

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US Army CH-47Fs aid stranded Alaskan oil rig

US Army CH-47Fs aid stranded Alaskan oil rig

The Royal Dutch Shell Arctic drilling rig Kulluk Salvage was hit with a storm New Year’s Eve that ran it onto an Alaska island and caused a power outage. The Kulluk is a circular drill barge that does not have propulsion, and needed heavy equipment to restore operational power. The U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 52nd… Read more »

Source: US Army, 11-Jan-13

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15-Dec-12 C-GYPH Eurocopter AS350B3 Beluga, US-Alaska

Collision with trees during load lift operation.  Pilot injured.  CADAORS ref 2012P2046

15-Dec-12

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Kachemak Bay State Park heliski decision postponed

Kachemak Bay State Park heliski decision postponed

A decision on whether helicopter skiing should be allowed in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park has been postponed. The Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation recently received multiple applications to operate commercial helicopter skiing ventures in the state park and state wilderness park and solicited public comment on whether this… Read more »

Source: Alaska Dept of Natural Resources, 12-Dec-12

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Prism Helicopters achieves Medallion Foundation Safety Award

Prism Helicopters achieves Medallion Foundation Safety Award

Recognizing excellence in aviation safety, Prism Helicopters, Inc. has been honored by Alaska Gov. Parnell as the first helicopter-only commercial operator in Alaska to achieve a Medallion Shield. “We are happy to have accomplished this hallmark in aviation safety,” said Mark Stigar, president of Prism Helicopters, Inc. “We’ve worked hard to achieve the Medallion Foundation Shield –… Read more »

Source: Medallion Foundation, 18-Oct-12

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HAI Safety Committee Advisor to head NTSB Alaska office

HAI Safety Committee Advisor to head NTSB Alaska office

On Sept. 24, NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman named senior air safety investigator Clinton O. Johnson as Chief of the Office of Aviation Safety’s Anchorage, Alaska Regional Office. “It gives me great pleasure to announce Clint’s selection to head the Anchorage office,” said Chairman Hersman. “Clint has deep roots in Alaska and has distinguished himself… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Sep-12

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26-Sep-12 N4171J Robinson R22B Anchorage, US-Alaska

Training accident, dynamic rollover onto starboard side

26-Sep-12

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New Heli-Ski Operator Takes Flight in Alaska

New Heli-Ski Operator Takes Flight in Alaska

Thrill seekers have a new option when helicopter skiing in Alaska. Based in Seldovia, Kenai Heli Ski is opening its doors this February. (see full story)

Source: First Tracks, 17-Sep-12

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01-Sep-12 N178CH Eurocopter AS350B2 Talkeeetna, US-Alaska

Tail rotor drive shaft sheared

01-Sep-12

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08-Aug-12 N737TV MD Helicopters MD600N Delta Junction, US-Alaska (1F)

En route to pick up miners at the remote site when the helicopter crashed into the side of a hill and rolled a considerable distance, killing the pilot -  later named as James Hopper, 63

08-Aug-12

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31-Jul-12 N74496 Robinson R44 Wainwright Village, US-Alaska

Autorotated and landed hard

31-Jul-12

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20-Jul-12 N363AL Bell 206L3 Circle City, US-Alaska

Rolled over on landing

20-Jul-12

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US Coast Guard opens seasonal Arctic operations base

US Coast Guard opens seasonal Arctic operations base

The Coast Guard opened its seasonal forward operating location in Barrow Monday in preparation for the anticipated increase of maritime activities in the Arctic. FOL Barrow is part of Arctic Shield 2012, which focuses on operations, outreach and an assessment of the Coast Guard’s capabilities above the Arctic Circle. The FOL in Barrow consists of… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 17-Jul-12

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CGAS Kodiak Change of Command

CGAS Kodiak Change of Command

Capt. Karl Moore, retiring commanding officer of Base Kodiak, and Capt. Jerald Woloszynski, incoming commanding officer of Base Kodiak, shake hands after reading their orders and passing command July 11, 2012. Woloszynski, prior program manager for the Nationwide Automatic Identification System project, will serve a three-year tour as commanding officer at Base Kodiak.

Source: US Coast Guard, 16-Jul-12

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North Slope Borough SAR selects Night Flight Concepts for NVG Maintenance

North Slope Borough SAR selects Night Flight Concepts for NVG Maintenance

North Slope Borough’s Search and Rescue Aviation Unit has chosen Night Flight Concepts® (NFC) to provide a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) repair and maintenance solution to augment their existing night vision program. The addition of NFC FAA-certified repair and maintenance services, including NVG inspections, will streamline NSB’s NVG sustainment to deliver greater value, performance and… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 21-May-12

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Change of command at US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

Change of command at US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

Coast Guard Cmdr. Doug Cameron watches as Cmdr. Edward Sandlin salutes Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District, and assumes command of Air Station Sitka, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Cameron, the previous Air Station Sitka commander, is transferring to the 5th Coast Guard District where he will serve as the district’s Chief of… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 17-May-12

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01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Struck trees with main rotor blades while landing

01-May-12

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Spidertracks put their spiders to the test across Alaska

Spidertracks put their spiders to the test across Alaska

Spidertracks are putting their spiders to the ultimate test next month. From May 3–21, in conjunction with Northern Lights Avionics, and Land and Sea Aviation, spidertracks will be performing an “Air Tour” of Alaska. They will be traveling to tradeshows and various areas of Southern and Central Alaska, tracking their journey with a Spider S4…. Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Apr-12

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Alaska Helicopter Pilots Safety Workshop

Alaska Helicopter Pilots Safety Workshop

On Mon., May 7, from 9:00 a.m., Helicopter Association International, the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), and local industry experts will present a one-day safety workshop for all helicopter pilots and operators in Alaska. Topics include important issues affecting Alaska pilots, best practices, educational outreach, and initiatives to mitigate accidents. The workshop will also serve as… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Apr-12

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21-Apr-12 N121MR Robinson R22A Palmer, US-Alaska

Struck tail rotor on landing

21-Apr-12

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18-Apr-12 N191EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Valdez, US-Alaska

Tail rotor separated while landing on glacier

18-Apr-12

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12-Mar-12 C-GVEB Hughes 500D Trading Bay, US-Alaska

“flipped over”

12-Mar-12

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Coastal Helicopters converts AS350 fleet to Turbomeca

Coastal Helicopters converts AS350 fleet to Turbomeca

Coastal Helicopters Inc.. HAS Entered Into Year Purchase Agreement with Turbomeca Engine USA (Safran group) for five Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engines. Coastal Helicopters, Inc. Currently Operates five AS350B2’s that Were her assets to Soloy AS 350 B2/SD2 ‘s in 2005. Turbomeca USA Coastal views Helicopter’s decision to reverse the retrofit back to the Turbomeca Arriel… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-12

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21-Jan-12 N4510T Robinson R44 Anchorage, US-Alaska

Loose cargo bag flew into rotors

21-Jan-12

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PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

A Polish-built SW-4 helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon at Fairbanks International Airport while on cold weather testing.  The National Weather Service aftercast showed the temperature was -36, and while they failed to say whether that was Fahrenheit or Celsius, it actually makes very little difference as the two scales cross over at -40. On HeliHub.com every… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-12

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