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IHST Outlines its Safety Efforts and Accomplishments

IHST Outlines its Safety Efforts and Accomplishments

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) promotes safety and works to reduce accidents and fatalities through education and culture change.  The organization was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate. Worldwide safety Prior to 2006, the number of worldwide civil… Read more »

Source: IHST, 03-Nov-15

03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.

03-Nov-15

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HAI to update popular Pressure Points safety videos

HAI to update popular Pressure Points safety videos

In collaboration with the HAI Safety Committee, HAI’s communications department has begun work to update the popular discussion-starter safety video series, Pressure Points, designed to facilitate group discussions. Each video coupled prepared discussion guides with videos that could be stopped at designated points to discuss topics raised in the videos. “The videos are intended to… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Nov-15

02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting

02-Nov-15

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

AgustaWestland AW609 test flight – fatal accident

HeliHub.com are sad to report the fatal test flight accident in Italy of AgustaWestland AW609 prototype N609AG, killing test pilots Pietro Venanzi and Herb Moran.  The pair are being praised in the Italian media for bringing the aircraft down in fields away from a town when it was widely reported as already being on fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-15

PRISM Safety Management System Releases iPhone App

PRISM Safety Management System Releases iPhone App

Professional Resources in System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to announce the release of their Safety Management System iPhone app. The PRISM app can be downloaded for free from the Apple iTunes store by searching, “PRISM Safety” or by clicking here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/argus-international-inc./id529828894?mt=8. “We are continually looking for ways to enhance our users’ experiences and make it… Read more »

Source: Argus, 30-Oct-15

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30-Oct-15 N609AG AgustaWestland AW609 Vercelli, Italy (2F)

We are seeing many reports in the Italian media of an AW609 accident with two fatalities – named here as Pietro Venanzi and Herbert Moran. “on fire in flight between Santhià and Tronzano, the province of Vercelli” seems to be the common link description at this time.  

30-Oct-15

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FAA Announces UAS Registration Task Force Members

FAA  Announces UAS Registration Task Force Members

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the membership of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force. Earl Lawrence, Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, and Dave Vos of Google X will co-chair the group. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx and Administrator Huerta announced the formation of the Task… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Oct-15

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Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

Baldwin Aviation partners with Avera McKennan for air ambulance safety

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center’s air ambulance service serves a widely-dispersed population in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota from its Sioux Falls location and, as with any emergency response organization, timeliness and precise information are critical components to its success.  That’s why Avera McKennan’s aviation operation has chosen to team… Read more »

Source: Baldwin Aviation, 29-Oct-15

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HAI, FAA, Virginia Dept of Aviation host Safety Day

HAI, FAA, Virginia Dept of Aviation host Safety Day

Late last week, HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose joined the FAASTeam and the Virginia Department of Aviation to host a helicopter safety day in Richmond, Va. Local helicopter operators and pilots gathered together for continuing helicopter safety education. The presentations included an industry outlook and safety management systems (SMS) considerations from HAI, medical… Read more »

Source: HAI, 27-Oct-15

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27-Oct-15 Al-Maya, Libya (18F)

A helicopter carrying two senior officers allied to Libya’s Islamist-backed Tripoli government was shot down in the Al-Maya coastal region west of Tripoli, killing at least 14 of its 23 passengers, a Tripoli military official said.  A later report then raised the figure to 18

27-Oct-15

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27-Oct-15 C-GIFY Bell 206 Kinley, Canada (1F)

1976 Bell 206 crashed into a farm field after reporting severe icing.  En route from Calgary to Saskatoon

27-Oct-15

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27-Oct-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Castelvetrano, Italy

Emergency landing made in public park

27-Oct-15

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Grants available for students to Attend 2016 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Grants available for students to Attend 2016 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation students can now apply for an opportunity to attend the 12th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, through grants which honour Dr. Peter Gardiner, a long-time advocate of excellence in aviation safety training. The Dr. Peter Gardiner Student Grant, worth more than C$4,000, covers: admission to the Summit; and a choice of one of the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Oct-15

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IHST analyzes the geography of helicopter safety

IHST analyzes the geography of helicopter safety

From a survey of civil helicopter operators located in key regions around the world, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has gained a broader understanding of where safety initiatives are being implemented. Worldwide, the top IHST-recommended safety initiatives are the implementation of Safety Management Systems and the support for structured training.  These are followed in… Read more »

Source: IHST, 26-Oct-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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26-Oct-15 Boeing AH-64 Elkton, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing on sports field after suspected fire.  No injuries or damage.  Helicopter operating from Fort Campbell

26-Oct-15

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25-Oct-15 FAH-977 Bell 412EP Ocotepeque, Honduras

On second attempt to take off, helicopter gained height very slowly and caught some wires, causing it to crash.  Three on board injured. Later report gave those on board as Victor Sosa (pilot), Ariel Murillo (copilot), Ariel Soriano (commander), and paratroopers; Oscar Matamoros (captain), Deivy Ayestas, Alfonso Mejia, Daniel Korea and Fabricio Flores.

25-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows

24-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records

24-Oct-15

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