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South African CAA suspends AOC of Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

South African CAA suspends AOC of  Working on Fire, trading as FFA Aviation

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 »

Source: South African Civil Aviation Authority, 20-Jul-15

20-Jul-15 VH-YHF AgustaWestland AW139 Litchfield National Park, Australia

EMS Aircraft went AOG on scene and could not take off.

20-Jul-15

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20-Jul-15 N121PT Bell UH-1H Walla Walla, US-Washington

Press “pilot walked away from an emergency landing”.  FAA “Aircraft destroyed”.  Firefighting ops.

20-Jul-15

19-Jul-15 D-HAID Airbus BK117B2 Mannheim, Germany

Static and unattended EMS helicopter was blown partly off its mobile helipad in severe weather, leaving it with its tail resting on the ground.  Known as Christoph 53.  See Photo

19-Jul-15

19-Jul-15 N280CH Enstrom 280FX Carlingford, Ireland

Heavy landing, and likely “unscheduled”.  Main blades damaged and available photo shows some damage on starboard side.  Skids not visible in long grass and nose of helicopter almost hit dry stone wall.

19-Jul-15

18-Jul-15 1209 TP-1 Oryx Goma, DRCongo

Nosewheel collapsed during ground taxi after hitting 5cm edge of newly laid tarmac.  operating for UN

Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=40001:saaf-oryx-damaged-in-drc-taxiing-incident&catid=111:sa-defence&Itemid=242, 18-Jul-15

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17-Jul-15 OM-ATB Agusta 109K2 Hrabusice, Slovakia (4F)

EMS helicopter hit wires at 50ft agl on approach to scene landing – crashed into a deep gulley in the valley of the Hornád River killing all four on board

17-Jul-15

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16-Jul-15 N804DF Robinson R44 Fentress, US-Texas

Force landing in field.  3 POB.  Minor damage

16-Jul-15

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16-Jul-15 D-HCOL Airbus AS350B2 Portugal

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.

16-Jul-15

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EASA’s Annual Safety Conference to focus on Training

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference to focus on Training

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 »

Source: EASA, 15-Jul-15

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Driver held on mental issue after endangering medical helicopter

Driver held on mental issue after endangering medical helicopter

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

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 15-Jul-15

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15-Jul-15 G-BXTH Airbus SA341G Abbeyshrule, Ireland

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”

15-Jul-15

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15-Jul-15 N8337Z Robinson R44 Sandusky, US-Michigan

Helicopter landed at a manufacturing business, severing powerline.  After brief stop on the ground – and “the authorities had arrived at the scene“, the helicopter took off again and departed the area

15-Jul-15

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Lifeflight Eagle announces 2015 Safety Symposium Speakers

Lifeflight Eagle announces 2015 Safety Symposium Speakers

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 »

Source: Lifeflight Eagle, 14-Jul-15

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14-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 El Bejuco, Colombia (4F)

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.

14-Jul-15

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14-Jul-15 HB-ZIS Airbus AS350B3 Guggigletscher, Switzerland (1F)

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.

14-Jul-15

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14-Jul-15 VH-VOH Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

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.”

14-Jul-15

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14-Jul-15 Mil MI-172 Gohpur, India

Pawan Hans helicopter with 19 passengers and three crew members on board made emergency landing after sudden change in weather

14-Jul-15

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U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Continue to Decline During 2015

U.S. Civil Helicopter Accidents Continue to Decline During 2015

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 »

Source: IHST, 13-Jul-15

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“Greatest Pilot” to be key-note speaker at EHEST Safety Workshop

“Greatest Pilot” to be key-note speaker at EHEST Safety Workshop

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 »

Source: Starspeed, 13-Jul-15

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