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Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

State Senator Tom Ivester is considering a recommendation from the University of Oklahoma’s emergency medicine department, which says accreditation should be mandatory for medical helicopter companies. Now, accreditation is voluntary – see full story

Source: Claims Journal, 07-Aug-13

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

This is an extract from the Bristow quarterly financial report Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225 that occurred in 2012. This determination has been reviewed and verified by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-Aug-13

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HAI President Message – Land the Damn Helicopter!

HAI President Message – Land the Damn Helicopter!

So, how is your day going? Mine was not that great. I spent it reading National Transportation Safety Board helicopter accident reports. I don’t know about you, but my level of frustration is at an all-time high. There were no surprises. No one has yet invented a new way to crash helicopters. The reports noted… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-13

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir, Africa’s largest oil and gas helicopter operator, has become the first operator to resume passenger transportation flights with the suspended EC225 fleet. Three flights were performed successfully with two EC225s from Luanda to two offshore platforms. Based in Angola, SonAir is the aviation division of Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company. Its resumption of EC225… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

FAA seeks approval for collection of EMS data from operators

Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Aug-13

Safety Workshops during Helitech International 2013

Safety Workshops during Helitech International 2013

The European Helicopter Safety team and International Helicopter Safety Team are proud to present Safety Workshops open to all Helitech International 2013 registrants at the Excel Conference Centre in London. The workshops will be presented by experts from all areas of the helicopter industry: Day 1 (24 September 2013) will focus on Training, Maintenance and… Read more »

Source: EHEST, 01-Aug-13

EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed reaches FAA SMS Level Two

EagleMed LLC has entered the second level of the voluntary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS), demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to advancements in safety. The critical care air medical transport company began working with the FAA on the process more than 18 months ago. By adopting SMS as a higher standard for safety… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 01-Aug-13

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

Baum Hedlund brings first R66 wrongful death lawsuit

The families of two men killed in the first Robinson R66 helicopter to ever crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit (case number BC514477) in Los Angeles Superior Court through their attorneys, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. The lawsuit alleges that shortly after takeoff the R66 experienced a mechanical malfunction and uncontrollable loss of power during normal… Read more »

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Jul-13

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HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly…. Read more »

Source: HSSG, 11-Jul-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 11-Jul-13

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EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

Following publication of an airworthiness directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Super Puma helicopters on 9 July 2013, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will subsequently amend its operational restriction on the helicopter type, allowing each aircraft to return to service once the requirements of the EASA directive are met. EASA is… Read more »

Source: UK CAA and others, 10-Jul-13

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Fourth training accident in 30 months for Upper Limit Aviation

Fourth training accident in 30 months for Upper Limit Aviation

Yesterday saw a Robinson R22 of Upper Limit Aviation suffer an accident on a training flight in mountainous terrain – see 08-Jul-13 N712U Robinson R22B American Fork Canyon, US-Utah. The instructor and student have been seriously injured. Our database now shows nine accidents for Upper Limit Aviation. Four of these have occurred since March 2011. The oldest… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-13

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Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?

Could Technology Be a Hindrance to Your Operation?

Hear a Flight Plan podcast about how the steep learning curve for constantly evolving avionics and ATC technologies can have safety implications When Jim Lara had a new up-to-date avionics suite installed in his Baron last December, he faced a task even more daunting than selecting, installing and paying for the glass cockpit components: learning how to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 04-Jul-13

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IHST to Hold Safety Workshops at HeliTech

IHST to Hold Safety Workshops at HeliTech

Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will lead a number of safety workshops at the premier helicopter industry event in Europe, the HeliTech International Expo and Conference.  The HeliTech Expo, which takes place Sept. 24-26 in London, attracts nearly 4,000 participants within the rotorcraft industry from 60 countries. IHST members will provide the… Read more »

Source: IHST, 03-Jul-13

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PHPA reminds about 4th July firework displays

PHPA reminds about 4th July firework displays

Remember that the 4th of July is coming up right around the corner. Fly a little higher to get some distance between the illegal fireworks coming up at you and remember all of the local fireworks shows. Both Sunland-Tujunga and Crescenta Valley have their own shows. The Crescenta Valley show is located just north of the 210… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 03-Jul-13

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Colorado Helicopter Safety Meeting – July 20

Colorado Helicopter Safety Meeting – July 20

Join HAI, the FAA Safety Team, the Denver FSDO, and many more on July 20 in Aurora, Colo., for the very latest information on the safety issues facing the rotorcraft industry. A panel of experts will discuss local and regional issues affecting helicopter pilots, accident trends, personal risk assessment, safety initiatives, career paths/opportunities, and many… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Jul-13

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Productive Week for HAI’s Committees

Productive Week for HAI’s Committees

Much of the work of HAI is done by members serving on one or more of the association’s 14 committees. During the last week of June, several of those committees gathered at HAI’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va., for very productive working sessions. The HAI Technical and Safety committees held their annual spring meeting in HAI’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Jul-13

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Eurocopter Canada invites nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award’

Eurocopter Canada invites nominations for ‘Innovation in Safety Award’

Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) will celebrate outstanding achievement at the Helicopter Association of Canada annual conference, November 8th-10th in Vancouver, BC. The winner(s) of the ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ will be chosen by a committee selection process and receive a cash prize of $5,000.00 as well as, recognition of industry professionals. “It is Eurocopter Canada’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Jun-13

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AS350B3e “not grounded” after UK accident, says Eurocopter

AS350B3e “not grounded” after UK accident, says Eurocopter

Eurocopter has issued a statement to HeliHub.com after we requested further information on the accident on 19th June of G-ECUK, a very recently delivered AS350B3e helicopter. The statement says this – “Regarding the accident that occurred on June 19 near Oxford in the UK with an AS350 B3e, Eurocopter is, at this stage, not able… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-13

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No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

Several of the Sikorsky S76s in ORNGE’s fleet had upgraded electronics, including a ground proximity warning system, but not the one that was based in Moosonee.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 25-Jun-13

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FAA Flight Safety Inspector staffing model found faulty

FAA Flight Safety Inspector staffing model found faulty

According to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG) report, the FAA’s new staffing model for flight safety inspectors and the number required has some serious flaws reminiscent of the old system. The new system was instituted in 2009 following the recommendations of a 2006 National Research Council study mandated by Congress. The IG found… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jun-13

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Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

A Toronto Star investigation has found troubling issues arising from the accident that could impact the safety and service of ORNGE’s helicopter operations – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 24-Jun-13

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Quebec R22 has 100 ft near miss with two F-18s

Quebec R22 has 100 ft near miss with two F-18s

On 4th June, a Robinson R22 operated by Canadian Helicopters was on a local fight in Quebec when it suffered a near-miss with two Canadian Armed Forces F-18s; The Robinson was on a VFR flight and an approximately southern track, when the two jets were turning onto a southerly heading. Press reports suggest that after… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-13

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FAA issues Advisory Circular on Reporting Wildlife Aircraft Strikes

FAA issues Advisory Circular on Reporting Wildlife Aircraft Strikes

This Advisory Circular (AC) explains the importance of reporting collisions between aircraft and wildlife, more commonly referred to as wildlife strikes. It also explains recent improvements in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Reporting system, how to report a wildlife strike, what happens to the wildlife strike report data, how to access the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-Jun-13

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American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter awards scholarships for air safety training

American Eurocopter has awarded two scholarships to leaders of Air Medical Transport  teams to attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. The scholarships cover the costs of participation in the Safety Management Training Academy that is conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an industry… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Jun-13

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ORNGE suspends night flights at remote sites across Ontario

ORNGE suspends night flights at remote sites across Ontario

Two weeks after the fatal crash of an air ambulance helicopter, ORNGE has temporarily suspended night flights to almost 60 sites across Ontario.  see full story

Source: The Star, 15-Jun-13

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Night Flight Concepts Infographic: Laser Strike Readiness

Night Flight Concepts Infographic: Laser Strike Readiness

Night Flight Concepts, the leading provider of night vision solutions, has created a new infographic focusing on laser strike readiness.  As the annual number of laser strikes on both military and civilian aircraft increase, the topic of laser strike readiness is becoming more pressing. “The goal with this infographic is to arm military, civilian and… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 14-Jun-13

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“Head for home in IMC” – contributed to two fatal EMS accidents

“Head for home in IMC” – contributed to two fatal EMS accidents

The NTSB has cited the pilot’s decision to fly into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) as the probable cause of two fatal crashes in late 2009 and early 2010 of emergency medical services (EMS) helicopters.  see full story

Source: Flight Safety Foundation, 14-Jun-13

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Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Whistler Health Care Centre’s helipad facing closure – again

Transport Canada says it’s considering suspending operations because vehicles and pedestrians have failed to observe traffic laws requiring them to stop while helicopters are landing or taking off. – see full story

Source: Pique, 13-Jun-13

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HAI report on Pensacola safety seminar

HAI report on Pensacola safety seminar

n Saturday, June 8, HAI joined the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) in sponsoring a helicopter safety seminar in Pensacola, Fla. In addition to an HAI Safety Initiative Overview presented by Stan Rose, HAI’s director of Safety Outreach Programs, the agenda included presentations by Dr. Scott Chappell, chair of the Department of human Factors at the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jun-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 13-Jun-13

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Canada – Transportation Safety Board analyses 2012 accidents

Canada – Transportation Safety Board analyses 2012 accidents

In 2012, there were 290 aviation accidents reported to the TSB, representing an increase of 13% over 257 in 2011, but comparable to the five-year average of 292. Aeroplane accidents occurred mostly on recreational flights (56%), then air transport (15%) and training flights (14%). Helicopter accidents occurred mainly on air transport flights (23%) and recreational… Read more »

Source: TSB, 11-Jun-13

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Greek-manufactured helicopter evacuation simulator launched

Greek-manufactured helicopter evacuation simulator launched

The testing of a Greek helicopter simulator on May 29 at Souda Bay was reported to be a success. The simulator was built on behalf of the Norwegian company Evacsim SA, by Ergaleiotechniki Crete which is based in Chania. (See Full Story)

Source: Greek Reporter, 10-Jun-13

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Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

Fatal Air Evac Lifeteam accident in Kentucky

AEL statement on Facebook – We are saddened to confirm that three members of our Manchester, Ky., crew were killed in a helicopter accident late Thursday evening. We are devastated at the loss of these crew members who we consider family. We have no details regarding the cause of the accident but will be working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-13

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86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

Eurocopter has an uphill PR battle ahead of them – nearly nine out of 10 offshore workers have lost confidence in the model of helicopter involved in two North Sea ditchings last year. (see full story) NOTE other reports are sceptical of this article, saying the word ‘fear’ did not appear in the survey

Source: Press & Journal, 06-Jun-13

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Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

Barbecue blunder forced UK hospital helipad to shut

Scottish Air Ambulance EC135 ferrying a sick ­patient from a remote island to a mainland hospital was forced to ­divert to an airport after the pilot spotted doctors having a barbecue near the helipad. (see full story)

05-Jun-13

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UK – New offshore fire-fighting training facility opens at Newcastle

UK – New offshore fire-fighting training facility opens at Newcastle

A brand new £1million, state-of-the-art, offshore training centre was unveiled today at Newcastle International Airport, which will see up to 6,000 offshore workers trained every year in emergency fire fighting. The world-class facility has been developed by Offshore Training Newcastle (OTN) – a unique partnership of three of the North East’s leading training organisations: AIS,… Read more »

Source: Newcastle International Airport, 04-Jun-13

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New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

This week, EASA has issued a new Emergency Airworthiness Directive for the Emergency Lubrication (EMLUB) system of the Eurocopter EC225. The original design of the EMLUB system guaranteed 30 minute of safe flight in the event of total loss of the dual oil lubrication system of the main gearbox. Investigations by EASA have revealed an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-13

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Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft’s operators and producers negligently operated the helicopter. (See Full Story) – and see also the HeliHub.com page for this accident here

Source: Philly, 31-May-13

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Accident pilot’s blood alcohol test results disappear

Accident pilot’s blood alcohol test results disappear

Norwegian Police had said they suspected the pilot to have been affected by alcohol in the case of an AS350 accident which saw the helicopter crash at a ski resort with the tail boom sliced.  Now the blood alcohol test at the centre of the investigation has disappeared.  (see full story) – see also accident… Read more »

Source: Aftenposten, 30-May-13

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Pensacola Helicopter Safety Seminar

Pensacola Helicopter Safety Seminar

Join HAI, the FAA Safety Team, a cast of industry experts, and your peers for a free workshop for all helicopter pilots, operators, students, and instructors in the southern region on June 8 in Pensacola, Fla. Let us all reach the highest level of safety! Topics covered will include helicopter accident trends, human factors, safety… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-May-13

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FAA issue Advisory Circular on Autorotation Training

FAA issue Advisory Circular on Autorotation Training

The purpose of this advisory circular (AC) is to describe enhanced guidelines for autorotations during rotorcraft/helicopter flight training. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found a need to raise awareness of the risks inherent in performing autorotations in the training environment, and in particular the 180 degree autorotation. In this AC, the FAA recommends procedures… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-May-13

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Safety Experts Join PRISM Helicopter and Business Aviation Team

Safety Experts Join PRISM Helicopter and Business Aviation Team

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to welcome Calvin Rieb as the Helicopter Aviation Services Program Manager and Jenna Albrecht as the Safety Analyst for Business Aviation. The addition of Rieb and Albrecht comes as the company experiences growth and demand for their helicopter and business aviation Safety Management System (SMS) solutions,… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, Inc., 24-May-13

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Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

From Bristow’s latest financial statements comes this quote Recently, Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225, which are being reviewed by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The definitive solution to the problem will be a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-13

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Air Methods Reaches Highest Level in FAA’s Safety Management System Program

Air Methods Reaches Highest Level in FAA’s Safety Management System Program

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, recently was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it successfully reached the highest level (Level 4) of the FAA’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) program. The SMS program is an organizational framework created and implemented by the FAA to systematically guide,track,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 21-May-13

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Helmet saves Otago helicopter pilot’s life

Helmet saves Otago helicopter pilot’s life

A Central Otago pilot has escaped with his life and a lucky lid after his unattended helicopter took off, crashed and the tail rotor grazed his helmet. (See Full Story)

Source: MSN, 16-May-13

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North Sea – Safety issues with Ekofisk Helipad

North Sea – Safety issues with Ekofisk Helipad

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), with assistance from the Civil Aviation Authority, carried out an audit of Ekofisk 2/4-L facility on 4 – 5 April 2013. (See Full Story)

Source: Offshore Energy Today, 14-May-13

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Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

Mechanic takes blame for Honolulu R22 accident

New video has been released following Wednesday’s helicopter crash landing in downtown Honolulu. The Kukui Plaza condominium captured the crash landing on surveillance video. (See Full Story)

Source: Khon 2, 13-May-13

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Pensacola Helicopter Safety Seminar

Pensacola Helicopter Safety Seminar

Join HAI, the FAA Safety Team, a cast of industry experts, and your peers for a free workshop for all helicopter pilots, operators, students, and instructors in the southern region on June 8 in Pensacola, Fla. Let’s all reach the highest level of safety! Topics covered will include helicopter accident trends, human factors, safety initiatives,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-May-13

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5 helicopter accidents/incidents in Montana in 5 weeks

5 helicopter accidents/incidents in Montana in 5 weeks

Montana, one of the least populated states in the US, has seen well more than its “fair share” of helicopter accidents and incidents in the last fives weeks.  HeliHub.com has reported no fewer than five such events in its Accident/Incident data pages, including one fatal accident.  Other situations include a bird strike breaking the windshield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 09-May-13

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HAI President’s Message: Safety First, Sound Second

HAI President’s Message: Safety First, Sound Second

We talk a lot in our industry about the importance of a “Safety First” culture, but I think a conversation about our No. 2 priority also needs to occur: minimizing the impact of a helicopter’s sound on the environment. Why, you ask, did I call it sound, instead of noise? Noise just sounds bad, like… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-May-13

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NZ – Six-seat Composite prototype ditches into Auckland harbour

NZ – Six-seat Composite prototype ditches into Auckland harbour

The only flying prototype of the all-composite six-seat helicopter dubbed “Adventourer” has ditched into Auckland Harbour in the channel between North Head and Rangitoto and sunk, bringing the development program to a halt. The salt water will no doubt mean a complete re-build and a significant pause in the development program of the KC518 helicopter being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-13

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Step Change in Safety commended at international awards ceremony

Step Change in Safety commended at international awards ceremony

Step Change in Safety has received a prestigious commendation by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work for its efforts to improve workforce engagement in the offshore oil and gas industry. Step Change in Safety’s Workforce Engagement Toolkit – which promises to positively transform the way oil and gas companies interact with staff… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 03-May-13

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Feds issue helmet safety guideline reminder

Feds issue helmet safety guideline reminder

With the fire season approaching and interagency aviation operations gearing up, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) this week issued an accident prevention bulletin reminding helicopter flight crews to ensure their helmets meet interagency guidelines and, more importantly, offer adequate protection. The bulletin warns that some helmets may contain outdated… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-May-13

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HNZ accident-free in 2012 with over 65,000 flying hours

HNZ accident-free in 2012 with over 65,000 flying hours

After collating all the statistics from their operations world-wide, HNZ Global have been celebrating a completely accident free 2012. Flying more than 65,000 hours in mostly specialized ‘niche’ helicopter operations all around the world, the “clean slate” represents a remarkable effort, especially for such a large and diverse organization. “Operating in both the utility market… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 01-May-13

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Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation conducted annual training for 34 lead pilots last week.  Pilots gathered at the company’s new training facility at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters.  During the culminating dinner, Metro recognized Joseph “Woody” Woodard, Lead Pilot for the First Flight program in Melbourne, Florida. Woodard was honored for his quick thinking and commendable actions during a… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-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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Saudi to set up independent air crash investigation team

Saudi to set up independent air crash investigation team

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is to set up an independent body to investigate air accidents.   (See Full Story)

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 26-Apr-13

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HAI Stresses Safety and AMT Numbers at ATEC

HAI Stresses Safety and AMT Numbers at ATEC

This week, Stan Rose, HAI’s director of safety outreach programs, represented HAI at the 53rd annual conference of the Aviation Technical Education Council (ATEC) in Orlando, Fla. HAI is committed to working with this group to address the issues of a shortage of qualified maintenance personnel, including professional development in ab-initio training and in curriculum… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

Metro Aviation Enters Level III status in FAA’s SMS Pilot Project

For safety to exist, it must be a way of life.”  Those words are familiar in the Metro Aviation family and reiterated in a new safety video featuring Metro’s CEO Mike Stanberry.  The video speaks directly to employees and customers and reaffirms Metro’s commitment to sustaining an active Safety Management System (SMS). The incorporation of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 17-Apr-13

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New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

New Zealand proposes AD to force R44 bladder tank issue

The CAA proposes the following new Airworthiness Directive requiring the replacement of aluminium fuel tanks on Robinson R44 series aircraft with new bladder-type tanks of improved resistance to post-accident rupture. The AD is prompted by reports of three Robinson R44 accidents in Australia involving fuel tank ruptures and fires. These accidents resulted in the loss… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 11-Apr-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2013

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Hiller UH-12 B (N38763), tail struck ground during landing, Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, 4 August 2012

Source: AAIB, 11-Apr-13

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Bell Drives Industry Focus on Safety Through New Safety Symposiums

Bell Drives Industry Focus on Safety Through New Safety Symposiums

A new initiative for Bell Helicopter in 2013, the safety symposium educates maintainers and operators on key safety practices and applications to implement into their daily operations. The effort is tied in part to Bell Helicopter’s participation in the International Helicopter Safety Team’s mission to achieve an 80 percent reduction in the rate of international… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Apr-13

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FAA Extends Tower Closure Date

FAA Extends Tower Closure Date

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced today that it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. This additional… Read more »

Source: FAA, 08-Apr-13

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Oil support Mi-8 down in Peru – 13 fatalities

Oil support Mi-8 down in Peru – 13 fatalities

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-13

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Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Australia may ground R44s without bladder tank upgrade

Robinson R44 helicopters that have not been fitted with upgraded fuel tanks face being grounded from 30 April 2013. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a direction to all affected R44 helicopter operators about the installation of flexible fuel tanks to reduce the risk of post-accident fires. CASA has made it clear that R44… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 05-Apr-13

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No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

No criminal proceedings for April 2009 Bond AS332L2 accident

On 1 April 2009 Super Puma helicopter AS332 L2 G-REDL crashed into the North Sea resulting in the deaths of all 16 men on board. Having carefully considered all the circumstances of this incident, Crown Counsel have decided that there is insufficient evidence for a prosecution and as result no criminal proceedings are instructed. The… Read more »

Source: Scottish Crown Office, 05-Apr-13

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Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

Bravo Helicopters owner dies in R44 accident

Miami-Dade Police have today issued a statement naming Mark Palmieri, aged 53, as the deceased pilot of the R44 which came down in a fatal crash close to Tamiami Airport yesterday. Palmieri was the owner of Bravo Helicopters, which was based at the airport. There is no indication at this time as to the cause… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-13

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Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

Step Change in Safety has published its 2013 Annual Update report and has called on the UK oil and gas industry to continue its focus on improving safety performance. The report reviews the organisation’s achievements over the last year and identifies where it will focus its attention in future. Highlights include: The launch of the Workforce Engagement Toolkit –… Read more »

Source: Step Change, 04-Apr-13

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Japanese STC for AW139 firefighting belly tank system

Japanese STC for AW139 firefighting belly tank system

The new Simplex Fire Attack system has a 480 gallon (1,817 liter) water capacity, and is the lightest belly tank system per gallon of capacity on the market today. The system also has an approved maximum speed of 150 KIAS without the hover pump installed (140 KIAS with hover pump installed),making it the fastest helicopter… Read more »

Source: Simplex Aerospace, 02-Apr-13

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NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

NZ Investigators comment on over-water flying

Technically not “safety recommendations” but the latter part of the investigation report into the accident of Bell LongRanger ZK-ISF in January 2011 pulls no punches on what helicopter pilots should consider when flying over water. The pilot was not wearing a life jacket, and was in the water over two hours before being rescued. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Mar-13

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Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

Bristow Helicopters becomes member of Step Change in Safety

It was announced today, Monday 25 March, that Bristow Helicopters has become a full member of Step Change In Safety. The role of Step Change in Safety has become even more important in recent months with its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) playing a vital role in keeping the industry informed following two related controlled… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 26-Mar-13

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NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

NBAA’s Bolen Responds to FAA Decision to Close ATC Towers

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today released the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) decision to proceed with the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities across the United States, to comply with “sequestration,” or mandatory budget curtailments required of federal agencies:… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 25-Mar-13

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