As of Tuesday, 14 July 2015, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has suspended the Part 127 (Helicopter) and Part 135 (Air Transport Operations: Small Aircraft) Air Operating Certificates (AOC) of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation (Pty)Ltd, for failure to comply with the legislative requirements applicable to AOC holders. Following a recent spate… Read more »
South African Civil Aviation Authority, 20-Jul-15
Aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operation. The pilot managed to immediately land the helicopter. Initial assessment reveals bucket, helicopter tail and one main rotor blade damage.
EASA’s Annual Safety Conference has a long standing tradition, every year addressing a different safety topic. The 2015 EASA Safety Conference focuses on the topic of Training for aircrew, but also for other activities like maintenance, RPAS, new simulation technologies etc. The conference will open on Wednesday 14 October, by EU Commissioner for Transport, Ms… Read more »
It was a close call Sunday after a Georgia man drove his car almost directly into the path of a medical helicopter about to take off from St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon with a newborn infant on board. See full story
Helicopter ended up on its side on a narrow strip of grass between hotel and canal after main blades struck building. Unclear from early press reports whether it was an intentional or emergency landing. Pilot “detained on suspicion of endangerment”
In the high-consequence environment of air medicine, things can change in an instant. Carefully designed systems and routine activities are subject to failure. It can happen to any of us at any time. It’s with that understanding that the LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium calls together leaders, safety officers, medical crew members, communications specialists, pilots, and… Read more »
Helicopter on anti-drug operation landed in a clearing which was mined – the mine exploded, killing four, seriously injuring two and minor injuries to another four. Full infra-red video released from second helicopter providing top cover above.
Pilot, the only occupant, killed in crash of Air Glaciers helicopter at Guggigletscher nr Lauterbrunnen. Helicopter came down vertically and the cabin area burnt out. Tail boom, tail , stabiliser and tail rotors all remain attached.
During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries. Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”
If the first half of the year is any indication, then 2015 is shaping up to be a very good year for civil helicopter safety in the United States. Total accidents are down 28 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year. In addition, according to the United… Read more »
Aviation legend Captain Eric Melrose ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, PhD Hon FRAeS, RN will be speaking at HeliTech International on the 8th October, 2015 at ExCeL London. Named “Britain’s Greatest Pilot” by the BBC, Captian Eric “Winkle” Brown will be the key-note speaker during The EHEST Safety Workshop. A former Royal Navy officer… Read more »