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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

R44 in fatal NSW crash had not had bladder tank upgrade

An R44 that burst into flames when it crashed south of Sydney, killing four people, was fitted with older-style fuel tanks known to pose a fire hazard (See Full Story).

Source: The Australian, 25-Mar-13

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ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

ATSB report says R22 tail contacted rock in fatal Kimberley crash

The Australian investigation authority ATSB has issued their final report on the fatal R22 accident on 3rd October last year which occurred 130 km west of Halls Creek in Western Australia. The summary is a blunt reminder of issues with confined areas, light levels etc What happened On 3 October 2012 the pilots of two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-13

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Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

Super Puma AS332 L2 G-REDL Fatal Accident Inquiry announced

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: Crown Office, 22-Mar-13

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Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

The third round of tests at Eurocopter – which focused on the bevel gear shaft – is complete. The investigation timetable is proceeding according to plan, with each step bringing us closer to the probable causes and solutions. The investigation results are currently being analyzed and will be reported by Eurocopter in accordance with the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 20-Mar-13

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North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets

… reports about North Sea oil workers being put on slimming diets because their average weight over the last few years had increased so much (see full story)

Source: Decoded Science, 19-Mar-13

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Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

Maintenance cloth caused R44 accident in Sweden

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens Haverikommission, SHK) has published its final report after an accident that occurred on 6 September 2011 in Ånn, close to Åre, involving a Norwegian helicopter with the registration LN-OAB. The aircraft, a Robinson R44 Astro, was taking off for a private flight with three people onboard when the engine… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Mar-13

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AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

AH+RT Announces Vital Training Services, Teams With Simplex

A team of longtime helicopter and fire/rescue industry professionals have joined forces to enhance safety and training opportunities for companies, pilots and crewmembers alike. Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC (AH+RT), based in Portland, Ore., provides comprehensive training services covering a variety of rotary wing, aerial firefighting and technical rescue skill sets. The company also… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 15-Mar-13

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IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

IHST restructures US Helicopter Safety Team

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is adding additional focus to its safety efforts in the U.S. helicopter community by designating two of its current executives to lead the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) and concentrate solely on safety issues within the U.S. civil helicopter community.  This team will be co-chaired by industry and… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Mar-13

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2013

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 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, 14-Mar-13

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Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

Carilion to start construction of helicopter hangar in Lexington

As part of a move to better coordinate its air medical services, Carilion Clinic is building hangars and other facilities for emergency helicopters based at Lexington and Smith Mountain Lake. Construction will begin later this month on a hangar, crew quarters and offices on a half-acre site behind Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, the… Read more »

Source: Carilion, 13-Mar-13

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions… Read more »

Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol, 13-Mar-13

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Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle, Antipodean Aviation Offer Survival Training in Emergency Water Landings

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed with Antipodean Aviation of Australia to offer survival training in emergency water landings for both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The course covers pre-flight planning and emergency water landing techniques, as well as escape from a submerged aircraft cabin and sea survival techniques, including life preserver and life raft familiarization, and… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 13-Mar-13

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Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an enhanced relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry.  Bell Helicopter is the exclusive sponsor in the development of PSAAC’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Mar-13

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Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

Seven fatal helicopter accidents in first nine days of March 2013

March 2013 has not started off well from the point of view of accident statistics, with seven fatal accidents in the first nine days.  HeliHub.com carries extensive coverage of helicopter safety data and has included the following in recent reports 09-Mar-13 ZK-IHU Robinson R66 Oamaru Valley, New Zealand (1F) 07-Mar-13 Eurocopter/IAR SA330L Bacau, Romania (2F) 05-Mar-13… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-13

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Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

Executive Helishares Take Delivery Of Another AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the handover of an AW109 Power to Executive HeliShares, a Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc. Company, located in Van Nuys, California.  Executive HeliShares has selected the AW109 Power and GrandNew product lines as the VIP platforms of choice for their exclusive Fractional Ownership Program on the West… Read more »

Source: Executive Helishares, 09-Mar-13

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Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans continues addition of Eurocopter EC135s to its fleet

Med-Trans Corporation, a leading provider of air medical transport services, has ordered its 14th EC135 helicopter from American Eurocopterec135-med-trans-florida1 in the last six months. American Eurocopter announced the latest order Thursday at the Heli-Expo 2013 trade show in Las Vegas. The order, along with three others placed in December, is part of an agreement with… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 09-Mar-13

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Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters becomes a full member of Step Change In Safety

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd (Bond), one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services, is proud to be the first helicopter operator to become a full member of Step Change In Safety. Step Change In Safety was founded in 1997 by the principal oil and gas industry trade associations, with the aim of making… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 06-Mar-13

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Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace announces $1.5M Safety Program Investment

Global Aerospace, a worldwide leading specialist aerospace insurer, announced that its cumulative financial investment in aviation safety programs since 2011 now totals more than USD $1.5 million. The company has long been the insurance industry leader in supporting aviation safety initiatives, many funded on behalf of its clients as well as for the aviation industry… Read more »

Source: Global Aerospace, 05-Mar-13

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HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

HeliHub.com appointed “Preferred News Supplier” to NEMSPA

The National EMS Pilots Association has reached an agreement with HeliHub.com whereby our newsfeed is run on the home page of their website.  The most recent ten news stories on HeliHub.com are available in a tabbed window, updated immediately a new story appears on the HeliHub.com website.   In this role HeliHub.com is appointed as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-13

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ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU Announces STC for Bell 205A-1 for Aerial Firefighting

ASU announced today that they received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 205A-1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new STC was completed for the San Diego Sherriff’s Department. This aircraft will be used for aerial firefighting, search and rescue, airborne law enforcement and hoist equipmen. “This is the seventh aircraft modification… Read more »

Source: ASU, 04-Mar-13

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Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Helivia appoints Ops Director – and joins IHST

Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Captain Renato Clark as its Operations Director. Clark has more than 25 years of flying and management experience within the Brazilian military and the offshore oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining Helivia, he held key positions with two major… Read more »

Source: Helivia Aero Taxi, 04-Mar-13

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US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budgetary cuts, known as “sequestration”, starts today – 1st March 2013. The FAA needs to reduce its expenditures by about $600 Million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. Among the changes which are likely to impact is a program whereby almost all their 47,000 employees will be forced to take unpaid leave for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-13

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HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at Heli-Expo

If you are interested in becoming an auditor for the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS), please plan to attend the HAI-APS Auditor Workshop at HELI-EXPO 2013 on Wednesday, March 6, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to become familiar with the HAI-APS program, understand its relationship with IS-BAO, review… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-13

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The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

The Whys and Hows of Accident Reporting

While serving as a first sergeant years ago, I was frustrated when an accident report submitted to the U.S. Army Safety Center was returned to me for additional information. Unfortunately, because the accident occurred off duty and my Soldier had been rendered unconscious, I couldn’t provide any additional information. What I now realize is even… Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Feb-13

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EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

EMS helicopter stranded after pilot breaks leg

A German air ambulance helicopter was grounded recently after the pilot suffered a broken leg away from base.    The “Christoph 70” helicopter – a Eurocopter EC135 – had landed on the rooftop pad at Pößneck on Tuesday 12th February at 15:30 hours for a patient transfer to Bad Berka.  However, the pilot broke his leg… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Feb-13

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FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

FAA had twice suspended licence of pilot in fatal crash

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Acton this month had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the last decade, according to FAA records (see full story). Details on the accident referred to can be found at 10-Feb-13 N59518 Bell 206B Acton, US-California (3F)

Source: LA Times, 21-Feb-13

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2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit – Gala Dinner keynote speaker announced

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Simon Sinek, a leading motivational speaker and author of, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Gala Dinner at the 2013 CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Gala dinner will take place on Tues., March 19, at the Westin… Read more »

Source: CHC, 20-Feb-13

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HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

HAI reorganizes Flight Operations & Safety Department

Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro today announced a significant change in the organization’s staffing, designed to keep up with members’ changing needs. Paul Schaaf, currently the Chief Pilot for the Fairfax County Police Department, will join HAI in mid-March to assume the duties and responsibilities of Vice President of Operations, a job which… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Feb-13

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ATSB Commissioner reappointed

ATSB Commissioner reappointed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) welcomed the reappointment of Ms Carolyn Walsh as a member of the ATSB Commission. Ms Walsh’s appointment by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Anthony Albanese will commence on 8 March 2013 and will run for a further three years. Ms Walsh has a wealth of experience… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 20-Feb-13

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UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

UK CAA’s GA safety publications to be overhauled

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to strengthen its provision of safety information to general aviation pilots from this spring. The CAA announced today that the publishing group, Archant, will begin producing general aviation safety material on its behalf. Archant, publisher of Pilot magazine, has been awarded a contract to write and distribute three… Read more »

Source: CAA, 19-Feb-13

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Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Rotorcorp solves crankshaft replacement problem for R44 owners

Airworthiness Directive 2012-19-01  has been issued by the FAA in September of 2012 for certain O540 and IO-540 engines installed in Robinson R44 helicopters. RotorCorp has arranged for priority pricing on Lycoming factory overhauled and rebuilt zero time engines that renders this new AD a non-issue for R44 helicopter owners around the world. The AD… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 18-Feb-13

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Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group has published its findings, following a visit to Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility in Marignane, France on 6 February. The group has published a fact sheet which can be easily downloaded, shared, printed off or forwarded as necessary. The fact sheet documents details of the site visit and the latest… Read more »

Source: Step Change In Safety, 15-Feb-13

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