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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

20-Aug-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,744,643 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to provide logistics services for aircraft availability of 96 TH-57 aircraft. Services to be provided include pre-flighting and fueling of the aircraft, as well as safe for flight release for designated missions. Work will... Read more

20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)

20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)

20-Aug-2014

Bad weather had prevented the helicopter from from touching down at the base where they had planned to land. The accident happened during the diversion. One of the occupants was Major General Israel Rudy Ruiz Ortiz, Chief of Staff of National Defense of Guatemala... Read more

12-Aug-14 C-FANC Bell 206B Whitecourt, Canada

12-Aug-14 C-FANC Bell 206B Whitecourt, Canada

12-Aug-2014

Crashed west of Whitecourt, AB after experiencing tail rotor problems. Four occupants suffered minor injuries, two were taken to hospital. The aircraft had significant damage.  Helicopter was contracted to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and carrying out a pine beetle survey CADORS 2014C3111... Read more

30-Jul-14 N866H Bell 206 Houston, US-Texas

30-Jul-14 N866H Bell 206 Houston, US-Texas

30-Jul-2014

Take off accident at David Wayne Hooks Airport... Read more

27-Jul-14 C-FGSG Bell 206L Ekati Diamond Mines, Canada

27-Jul-14 C-FGSG Bell 206L Ekati Diamond Mines, Canada

27-Jul-2014

In visibility of 1 mile in smoke, the helicopter overflew a lake with a glassy surface. The pilot lost visual reference and the helicopter collided with the water surface, pitched inverted, and sank. The pilot and both passengers egressed from the helicopter with only minor injuries. CADORS 2014C2858... Read more

26-Jul-14 N240SJ Bell 206B Lincoln, US-Nebraska

26-Jul-14 N240SJ Bell 206B Lincoln, US-Nebraska

26-Jul-2014

Emergency field landing, during which main rotors chopped tail boom – Pilot listed in press as Al Curnan... Read more

23-Jul-14 N949FM Bell 206B Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

23-Jul-14 N949FM Bell 206B Wenatchee, US-Washington (1F)

23-Jul-2014

Crashed from low level killing the sole occupant pilot, while flying agricultural ops drying orchards... Read more

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

Loss of situational awareness and control likely caused fatal 2013 Manitoba JetRanger accident

18-Jul-2014Source: TSB Canada

In the release of its investigation report (A13C0073) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada cited the loss of situational awareness and loss of control as the likely causes of a fatal helicopter crash at Gull Lake, Manitoba, in July of 2013. At 4 pm Central Daylight Time, on 1 July 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter, operated... Read more

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

Héroux-Devtek renews rotor hub contract with Bell

18-Jul-2014Source: Héroux-Devtek

Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX: HRX), (“Héroux-Devtek” or the “Corporation”), a leading Canadian manufacturer of aerospace products, today announced that it has renewed an important multi-year contract with Bell Helicopter for the manufacturing of components and assemblies for several helicopter programs. Under the terms of the agreement, Héroux-Devtek will manufacture the main rotor hub and the tail... Read more

Air Evac closes base in Ennis TX

Air Evac closes base in Ennis TX

23-Jun-2014Source: Daily Light

Emergency responders around the area are making adjustments to their operation plans after the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter base closed its doors at Ennis Municipal Airport on June 13.  See full story... Read more

20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

20-Jun-14 VH-NKW Bell 206L3 Taroom, Australia

20-Jun-2014

While conducting sling load operations, the load at the end of the long line became tangled. The pilot attempted to land the helicopter, however when at about 10 ft above ground level, the line pulled tight. The pilot was unable to release the line, and the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The... Read more

17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

17-Jun-14 N536T Bell 206B Decatur, US-Texas

17-Jun-2014

Substantially damaged during autorotation landing... Read more

15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

15-Jun-14 Bell 206B Rowlett, US-Texas

15-Jun-2014

Emergency landing in park, possibly due to mechanical issue... Read more

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

Two bodies found near site of helicopter crash in Gulf

13-Jun-2014Source: KPLC

A dive team assisting the U.S. Coast Guard in the search found two bodies Thursday morning near the crash site – See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)... Read more

11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

11-Jun-14 N207MY Bell 206L4 Terrebonne Bay, US-Gulf of Mexico (2F)

11-Jun-2014

Helicopter ditched in Gulf of Mexico.  US Coast Guard found two bodies and helicopter appears to have sunk.  The two victims were identified as George Leloup, the pilot of the helicopter, and Rory Bourgeois, a technician with BNA Marine Services.... Read more

05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

05-Jun-14 Bell TH-57 Whiting Field, US-Florida

5-Jun-2014

Both instructor and student injured in training flight accident at NAS Whiting Field... Read more

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

L-3 Vertex awarded $55M contract for TH-57 fleet support

30-May-2014Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $55,410,943 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for logistics services support of the TH-57 aircraft fleet. Services to be provided include all logistics services and materials for organizational and depot level services to support and maintain the... Read more

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

28-May-2014Source: Sierra Vista Herald

On lease for one year from Airwest Helicopters, the Bell 406 L4 aircraft will expand law enforcement and emergency response capabilities for both Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department as well.  See full story... Read more

23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

23-May-14 C-GVTM Bell 206 Chamiss Bay, Canada

23-May-2014

Dynamic roll over on take-off after catching a fuel drum with a skid. The pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The 406 ELT activated and was shut off immediately. CADORS 2014P0717... Read more

21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

21-May-14 N55SL Bell 206L Beverly, US-Massachusetts

21-May-2014

Heavy landing with tail missing – boom potentially sliced by main blades... Read more

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

Vandals trash HeliQwest JetRanger

16-May-2014Source: KVIA ABC-7

El Paso Police are still looking for burglars who vandalized a JetRanger and a jet fuel tanker in the Franklin Mountains in northeast El Paso on Wednesday. See full story... Read more

03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

03-May-14 PT-HTQ Bell 206L3 LongRanger Aquiraz, Brazil

3-May-2014

Reports of a “bang” and loss of control and pilot Arcelino Matos Brito put the helicopter down into the water close to the short.  6 POB including the deputy mayor of Aquiraz Callou Marcos Barros, and two aged 11 and 14, all got out safely, helped to the shore by beachgoers.  Video of recovery of... Read more

30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

30-Apr-14 Bell 206B Gold River, Canada

30-Apr-2014

Problem on take off from logging site, emergency landing during which main blades chopped tail boom.  Operator has two Bell 206s – C-GSEE (451) and C-GLOG (3186).  Minor injuries to 4 POB... Read more

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

Capital Air purchases Entrol B206 FNPT II simulator

17-Apr-2014Source: Entrol

Capital Air has purchased an entrol H01 FNPT II simulator, which is based on the Bell 206. This simulator will be installed in South Africa and will be used for the CPL/ATPL , IR courses, Safety & Emergency procedures training , NVG training and Bell 206 Cockpit Familiarization training. Capital Air is one of the... Read more

04-Apr-14 N43MA Bell 206B Missoula, US-Montana

04-Apr-14 N43MA Bell 206B Missoula, US-Montana

4-Apr-2014

Rolled over onto its side in an open field on a training flight.  Minor injuries to the two POB.  NTSB report here... Read more

12-Mar-14 C-GALR Bell 206B Mount Chapman, Canada

12-Mar-14 C-GALR Bell 206B Mount Chapman, Canada

12-Mar-2014

The helicopter set down right side low on the chosen sloping landing site and remained partially supported by the rotor. The pilot attempted to move to a different site nearby, but a skid dug into the snow and the helicopter entered a dynamic rollover condition and fell to the ground on its right-hand side. There... Read more

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

Bell extends collaboration with Van Horn Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite main rotor blade for the Bell 206 product line. Van Horn Aviation has agreed to design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades with input from Bell Helicopter Engineering. This will... Read more

FAA proposes $90,000 fine against Red Eagle Aviation

FAA proposes $90,000 fine against Red Eagle Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $90,000 civil penalty against Red Eagle Aviation of Kalispell, Mont., for allegedly operating a Bell 206 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Red Eagle operated the helicopter on numerous flights, including at least 80 revenue... Read more

Meridian Helicopters leases two LongRanger 3s to Upper Limit Aviation

Meridian Helicopters leases two LongRanger 3s to Upper Limit Aviation

26-Feb-2014Source: Meridian Helicopters

Students in Upper Limit Aviation’s (ULA) helicopter flight school will have two more helicopters to fly, thanks to a new lease agreement with Meridian Helicopters LLC. Meridian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Winnipeg-based Cadorath Group, has signed a two-year agreement with the school for the lease of two Bell 206L-3s. One helicopter will be based in... Read more

21-Feb-14 VH-XJA Bell 206B Sunshine Coast, Australia

21-Feb-14 VH-XJA Bell 206B Sunshine Coast, Australia

21-Feb-2014

During a practice autorotation, the helicopter landed heavily resulting in substantial damage.... Read more

20-Feb-14 VH-BNG Bell 206B Mission Beach, Australia

20-Feb-14 VH-BNG Bell 206B Mission Beach, Australia

20-Feb-2014

During agricultural operations on a banana plantation, the helicopter clipped a tree and subsequently collided with terrain. As a result of the collision the pilot sustained injuries and the helicopter was completely wrecked (photo)... Read more

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

6-Feb-2014Source: TSB

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers... Read more

05-Feb-14 N3211N Bell 206B Bountiful, US-Utah

05-Feb-14 N3211N Bell 206B Bountiful, US-Utah

5-Feb-2014

Fell onto its side on take-off in snowy conditions... Read more

27-Jan-14 N207DS Bell 206L3 Silt, US-Colorado (3F)

27-Jan-14 N207DS Bell 206L3 Silt, US-Colorado (3F)

27-Jan-2014

Crashed from low level during powerline survey work for Holy Cross Energy.  All 3 POB fatally injured, including Doug Sheffer, owner and chief pilot of DBS Helicopters (from this page).  The others were named here as Larry Shaffer and Christopher Gaskill... Read more

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

26-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian military has reported the untimely death of Major General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italy’s Army aviation unit. The General was the instructor in an Agusta-Bell JetRanger which crashed on Mount Martha, near the Viterbo military base. Student pilot Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi was also killed in the accident. Major General Calligaris was appointed to... Read more

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

23-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

As parent company Textron reports it’s fourth quarter numbers, so they release the quarterly report on production volumes at Bell Helicopter.  While military production continues fairly flat (and is predicted to near halve), so they have been compensated by commercial helicopter deliveries up 13% from 188 to 213 units.  This covers Bell 206L3, 212, 407,... Read more

23-Jan-14 MM80888 Agusta-Bell 206B Viterbo, Italy (2F)

23-Jan-14 MM80888 Agusta-Bell 206B Viterbo, Italy (2F)

23-Jan-2014

Training flight, killing student Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi and General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italian Army Aviation [named here].  Powerline reported down and press suggesting that was the cause.... Read more

23-Jan-14 C-GNMU Bell 206B Haines Junction, Canada

23-Jan-14 C-GNMU Bell 206B Haines Junction, Canada

23-Jan-2014

The helicopter had just been started with an ground power unit (GPU). The pilot exited the aircraft in order to disconnect the GPU, when a gust of wind pushed the helicopter into the trees next to the helipad. The pilot was not injured.  CADORS 2014C0375... Read more

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

Air Medical Group Holdings orders 20 LongRanger IVs

15-Jan-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement for the sale of 20 Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter air ambulance services (HAA) in the world. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this year and continue through 2017. “These new aircraft... Read more

09-Jan-14 HK-4462 Bell 206L3 Anori, Colombia (5F)

09-Jan-14 HK-4462 Bell 206L3 Anori, Colombia (5F)

9-Jan-2014

Crashed killing all five occupants – military personnel flying in a civilian helicopter.  Former president quoted here said that crash caused by FARC terrorists... Read more

09-Jan-14 SE-JKP Bell 206B Rögla, Sweden

09-Jan-14 SE-JKP Bell 206B Rögla, Sweden

9-Jan-2014

Powerline patrol – encountered wind change at low level and was unable to recover.  Main blades chopped boom... Read more

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

8-Jan-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8,... Read more

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

Air Bali moves to Benoa Heliport

5-Jan-2014Source: Air Bali

We are pleased to announce that the Air Bali operation has now officially moved into our new home at Benoa Heliport. Apart from being closer to our operations, we can now showcase our Heliport to future clients and guests. You can now see first hand our fleet of Bell 206 and 407 Helicopters that are... Read more

02-Jan-14 N400XL Bell 206B Temple, US-Texas

02-Jan-14 N400XL Bell 206B Temple, US-Texas

2-Jan-2014

Helicopter crashed and ended up on its side... Read more

30-Dec-13 PK-DAL Bell 206B Brastagi, Indonesia (1F)

30-Dec-13 PK-DAL Bell 206B Brastagi, Indonesia (1F)

30-Dec-2013

One killed and four seriously injured in crash outside a hospital building.  Judging by photos on Twitter such as this one and this one, it would appear that the helicopter struck wires, which brought it down.  Fatality named here as Arif Setiawan and the other four were pilot Budi Indra and hospital employees Nilawaty Ginting, Yahya Sembiring, and... Read more

23-Dec-13 PNC-0923 Bell 206L4 Briceño, Colombia

23-Dec-13 PNC-0923 Bell 206L4 Briceño, Colombia

23-Dec-2013

Helicopter landed close to a landmine which was then triggered via mobile phone by a terrorist group.  2 injuries of 6 POB – named as Patrolman Diego Garzón and the pilot Captain Juan Gabriel Ramirez... Read more

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

19-Dec-2013Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

Air Evac Lifeteam to add new Missouri base at Moberley

17-Dec-2013Source: ABC 17 News

Air Evac announced Monday it will add a new base in Moberly, starting in 2014.  See full story... Read more

03-Dec-12 162027 Bell TH-57C Walnut Hill, US-Florida

03-Dec-12 162027 Bell TH-57C Walnut Hill, US-Florida

3-Dec-2013

Safe emergency landing with no injuries to 3 POB... Read more

Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

Horizon International Flight Academy attends Dubai Airshow and GATE

26-Nov-2013Source: Horizon

Horizon International Flight Academy took part in the Dubai Airshow 2013, which was held this year at Al Maktoum International Airport. With a participation of several companies of the aviation industry as well those interested in this field. Horizons Head of Operation Philip Mark Chandler was also a speaker at the Gulf Aviation Training Event... Read more

Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

Group3 Aviation adds a JetRanger to fleet

26-Nov-2013Source: Group3 Aviation

Group3 Aviation, a Los Angeles helicopter tour company, recently added a new helicopter to its fleet. The addition to the fleet is a 206B JetRanger III helicopter, which will be used for charter flights, sightseeing and aerial photographs and filming. The Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter is capable of seating four passengers in addition to the... Read more

Able Engineering launches FAA-approved Bell 206 Duplex Bearings

Able Engineering launches FAA-approved Bell 206 Duplex Bearings

25-Nov-2013Source: Able Engineering

Bell 206 operators received welcome news to help offset rising maintenance costs this week when the FAA granted PMA approval to Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 Duplex Bearings (OEM p/n 206-040-032-105; Able p/n 2AA-040-032-105). Able, a world leader in aviation component repair development, overhaul, and approved replacement parts solutions, will immediately... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Kentucky

15-Nov-2013Source: WSAZ

Air-Evac Lifeteam opened a new base in Inez, Kentucky. to provide quicker care to patients in crucial moments.  See full story... Read more

12-Nov-13 VH-NDL Bell 206B Finke, Australia

12-Nov-13 VH-NDL Bell 206B Finke, Australia

12-Nov-2013

Drive shaft failed on final approach at 400ft . Main blades severed tail boom in ensuing autorotation landing.... Read more

BPTO 2197 gives classic rotor a new lease on life

BPTO 2197 gives classic rotor a new lease on life

6-Nov-2013Source: Air BP

After experiencing less than satisfactory performance from his helicopter engine and gear box oil Jim Miller, owner and operator of New Jersey Chopper, made the switch to Air BP Lubricants’ turbo oil 2197 (BPTO 2197) – and has experienced improved performance and a range of additional benefits. A former aviation advisor to the Continental and... Read more

Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Bell showcased 206L4 at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

5-Nov-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased a Bell 206L4 aboard a superyacht with exclusive access for attendees at the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, held October 31 to November 4. “The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show offers a unique opportunity for us to meet with our current and potential customers in... Read more

02-Nov-13 N888DR Bell 206B Superior, US-Montana

02-Nov-13 N888DR Bell 206B Superior, US-Montana

2-Nov-2013

During lifting operations, rotated to the ground and rolled over... Read more

02-Nov-13 VH-VDZ Bell 206L Melbourne, Australia

02-Nov-13 VH-VDZ Bell 206L Melbourne, Australia

2-Nov-2013

Crashed on take-off, falling onto its side.  Sole occupant pilot Emma Bobridge to hospital but released within 12 hours... Read more

01-Nov-13 ZK-HZE Bell 206B Marlborough, New Zealand

01-Nov-13 ZK-HZE Bell 206B Marlborough, New Zealand

1-Nov-2013

During 1080 drop, the loaded bucket had an un-commanded release. As the bucket fell away, one of the broken pneumatic control lines flicked up and struck both the helicopter and the pilot’s eye. A precautionary landing made and the wind screen was noted to be cracked. Pilot sustained a small cut to his right eye.... Read more

30-Oct-13 CC-CNB Bell 206L1 LongRanger Catemu, Chile (1F)

30-Oct-13 CC-CNB Bell 206L1 LongRanger Catemu, Chile (1F)

30-Oct-2013

Impacted terrain on agricultural flight after hitting power cables, killing one of two on board... Read more

28-Oct-13 N16673 Bell 206B Roseburg, US-Oregon

28-Oct-13 N16673 Bell 206B Roseburg, US-Oregon

28-Oct-2013

Crashed into river, taking some power lines with it.  Pilot Fred Wittlake, 55 suffered a broken arm and broken ribs.  The two passengers were two state Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists – Holly Huchko, 34, suffered a broken back, and Eric Himmelreich, 35, broke two vertebrae... Read more

Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

Eastland Memorial Hospital welcomes Air Evac Lifeteam and EagleMed

17-Oct-2013Source: Microplex News

AirEvac Lifeteam has recently opened a base in Eastland for an air ambulance helicopter.  The location is on the north I-20 service road on the east end of town.  See full story  – This is Air Evac’s base number 115.  EagleMed are supplying a fixed wing aircraft... Read more

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

14-Oct-2013Source: Tulsa World

Tulsa Police have sold the older of its two Bell 206L4 LongRangers, and will take delivery of a newly-ordered AS350B2 in April 2014.  See full story FAA records show that the sold helicopter N201TP was bought by M&J Leisure LLC of Ogden, Utah.... Read more

11-Oct-13 N206KK Bell 206L1 Seely, US-California

11-Oct-13 N206KK Bell 206L1 Seely, US-California

11-Oct-2013

Force landed in the desert due to smoke in the cabin.  Pilot and two passengers got out OK.  Helicopter consumed by fire... Read more

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

7-Oct-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

04-Oct-13 G-BPWI Bell 206 Upper Edgebold, UK

04-Oct-13 G-BPWI Bell 206 Upper Edgebold, UK

4-Oct-2013

The pilot noticed that the engine turbine temperature had increased to close to its maximum limit and prepared to make a precautionary landing. During the approach the indication returned to normal, so he decided to continue the short distance to his destination. As the helicopter climbed away, the engine failed. The pilot carried out a... Read more

04-Oct-13 PT-HTU Bell 206B São Caetano, Brazil

04-Oct-13 PT-HTU Bell 206B São Caetano, Brazil

4-Oct-2013

Written off when it crashed into a road in built-up area.  Three of the four occupants and a passing pedestrian were injured.  Authorities indicate that the helicopter’s AMI (Annual Inspection Maintenance) and CA (Certificate of Airworthiness) expired in June and April 2012 respectively.... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

Air Evac Lifeteam honors Missouri pilot

20-Sep-2013Source: Farmington Press

Richard Ragsdale, base pilot supervisor for the Farmington, Mo., Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2013 Region 1 Safety Award see full story... Read more

Air Evac breaks ground on base at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Air Evac breaks ground on base at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

12-Sep-2013Source: Sullivan Journal

The company wants to move its St. Clair operation to Sullivan, placing the helicopter on a 1.3 acre slice of private property located between the hospital’s helipad and the Highway D/Sappington Bridge Road intersection. See full story... Read more

07-Sep-13 N721LL Bell 206L3 Amistad, US-New Mexico

07-Sep-13 N721LL Bell 206L3 Amistad, US-New Mexico

7-Sep-2013

Helicopter in open field on its side, substantial damage.  2 POB not injured.  “The pilot in command made an abrupt turn to avoid a massive bird strike” and was “unable to recover complete control of the helicopter before it struck terrain,” said IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin in this report.  Pilot was Steve Young, bureau chief... Read more

Able Provides Low-Cost Replacement of Bell Rotor Brake Discs

Able Provides Low-Cost Replacement of Bell Rotor Brake Discs

5-Sep-2013Source: Able Aerospace

Bell 206 operators received welcome news to help offset rising maintenance costs this week when the FAA granted PMA approval to Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 Rotor Brake Disc (OEM p/n 9440904; Able p/n 9440904AA). Able, a world leader in aviation component repair development, overhaul, and approved replacement parts solutions, will... Read more

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

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

5-Sep-2013

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... Read more

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

Heli Air opens its first base in Scotland

2-Sep-2013Source: Heli Air

Heli  Air, the UK’s largest onshore helicopter operator, is delighted to announce that following the recent acquisition of Scotia Helicopters, it has now launched Heli Air Scotland, based at Cumbernauld Airport midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Heli  Air now has nine bases across the UK, including the recently opened operation at City Airport & Heliport,... Read more

28-Aug-13 N2018R Bell 206L1 Payson, US-Arizona

28-Aug-13 N2018R Bell 206L1 Payson, US-Arizona

28-Aug-2013

Force landing, substantial damage – skids completely collapsed and tail boom separated.  Pilot with minor injuries and five passengers uninjured... Read more

East Liverpool flight nurse honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

East Liverpool flight nurse honored by Air Evac Lifeteam

25-Aug-2013Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Bruce Champ, flight nurse for the East Liverpool Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2013 Region 2 Flight Nurse of the Year award. Champ’s region consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and parts of Tennessee. The Flight Nurse of the Year is presented to the nurse... Read more

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