RSS Feed for this search

News+safety

Safety and Greener Technology top Helitech 2011 conference schedule

Safety and Greener Technology top Helitech 2011 conference schedule

The latest European safety requirements for helicopter operators is just one of the high profile topics that will come under the microscope at Helitech’s conference this year. Helitech 2011 takes place at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, near Cambridge, from 27 to 29 Sept. The Helitech Conference, which is new for 2011, will take… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 20-Apr-11

New publication underlines offshore industry’s commitment to helicopter safety

New publication underlines offshore industry’s commitment to helicopter safety

The oil and gas industry has underlined its ongoing commitment to offshore helicopter safety, with the launch of a new publication. Oil & Gas UK’s ‘Guidelines for the Management of Aviation Operations’ has been revised and updated to improve awareness of helicopter issues for those whose jobs require a comprehensive technical or logistical understanding. The… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 18-Apr-11

Click here to visit the event website - https://www.sar-apac.com/
Visit our website - www.sloanehelicopters.com
HeliHub.com advertising space - 240x100 Pixels

Free webinar on new advanced weather alerting for helicopter operators

Free webinar on new advanced weather alerting for helicopter operators

Telvent have announced a free webinar on new advanced weather alerting capabilities for European helicopter operators.  The online seminar is scheduled for 26th May at 15:00 CEST / 14:00 London, and is targeted at 30 minutes with a 10 minute Q&A session. In their promotional material, Telvent tells us that “weather is the single factor… Read more »

Source: Telvent, 18-Apr-11

PHI Air Medical launches provocative alcohol awareness campaign

PHI Air Medical launches provocative alcohol awareness campaign

PHI Air Medical announced a community-wide effort to educate and raise public awareness for alcohol abuse and drunk driving as a part of Alcohol Awareness month. The campaign is called, “You Drink. You Drive. We Fly.”

Source: Surf Muhlenberg, 18-Apr-11

8 months prison for shining laser at UK police helicopter

8 months prison for shining laser at UK police helicopter

A 21-year-old Maidstone man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for endangering the Kent and Essex Police helicopter while it was on a task in Maidstone last year. On the evening of 24 June 2010 the police helicopter was carrying out a search in the town centre when someone shining a laser pen in the… Read more »

Source: Kent Police, 16-Apr-11

Sunshine Helicopters of Maui picked for landmark aviation safety program

Sunshine Helicopters of Maui picked for landmark aviation safety program

Sunshine helicopters fly around Maui up to 20 times a day. It’s one of Hawaii’s busiest helicopter tour companies. Recently, the FAA picked Sunshine to take part in a landmark program called “safety management system” or SMS.

Source: Hawaii News Now, 15-Apr-11

NTSB points to helicopter pilot’s failure to see power line as probable crash cause

NTSB points to helicopter pilot’s failure to see power line as probable crash cause

A helicopter pilot’s failure to see a power line during a deer survey was the probable cause of a fatal crash in the Sierra foothills last year that killed four people, the National Transportation Safety Board reported.   See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California (4F) Drugs… Read more »

Source: Miami Herald, 15-Apr-11

Maryland at fault in ’08 State Police crash that killed four, US claims

Maryland at fault in ’08 State Police crash that killed four, US claims

In its latest filing, the federal government says the pilot failed to properly assess the risk of landing the helicopter and executing an approach to the base’s runway, and that he attempted to descend too quickly.

Source: Baltimore Sun, 15-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

HAI and FAASTeam present Safety Seminar in Alaska

HAI and FAASTeam present Safety Seminar in Alaska

HAI presents the “Overview of Current Trends in Helicopter Safety”seminar in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 29. HAI Director of Safety, Stan Rose, will speak at a combined event for pilots and maintaince technicians for commerical and General Aviation operations. Fred Brisbois, of Sikorsky and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), will present safety discussions on hazard identification and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Apr-11

Tags: , , , ,

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2011

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2011

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Raven II, G-ODHB – 5 December 2010 at Staverton Airfield, Gloucestershire Robinson R22 Beta, G-HRBS Correction – 28 September 2010 at Goodwood Schweizer 269C-1, G-LINX Addendum – 22 September 2009 near Stalmine, Lancashire

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Australian pilot crashed R22 when drunk

Australian pilot crashed R22 when drunk

Cattleman, Duane Fishlock died instantly when his Robinson helicopter struck powerlines at the Mataranka sports ground and crashed.  The only passenger, 20 year old Sam Webb, survived but was seriously injured.- full story [file photo]

15-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , ,

33 months for shining laser at Philadelphia Police helicopter

33 months for shining laser at Philadelphia Police helicopter

PHILADELPHIA – James Gautieri, 54, of Williamsport, PA, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for interference with an aircraft or aircraft facilities, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  Gautieri was convicted at trial on September 30, 2010 of his involvement in an April 30, 2008 incident during which he shined a laser… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Justice, 15-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

FAA accepts Air Traffic boss’ resignation

FAA accepts Air Traffic boss’ resignation

Over the last few weeks we have seen examples of unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals that have rightly caused the traveling public to question our ability to ensure their safety.  This conduct must stop immediately.  I am committed to maintaining the highest level of public confidence and that begins with strong… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Apr-11

Tags: , , ,

New doubt cast over Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash cause

New doubt cast over Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash cause

Newly discovered Ministry of Defence documents have cast further doubt on the cause of the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994.

Source: BBC, 13-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Grey Owl Aviation Consultants offers Human Factors workshops

Grey Owl Aviation Consultants offers Human Factors workshops

Grey Owl Aviation Consultants Inc. is offering two Human Factors Workshops during May in Titusville, Fla. Human Factors – Phase I. May 18-19, 2011 Objective To equip aviation maintenance technicians, supervisors and managers with the skills necessary to enhance safety, teamwork and efficiency in the workplace, and therefore, reduce aircraft maintenance errors. This workshop is… Read more »

Source: Grey Owl Aviation Consultants, 12-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Lab focuses on new technology to prevent icing on helicopters

Lab focuses on new technology to prevent icing on helicopters

Research from Ed Smith, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Penn State Rotorcraft Center of Excellence

Source: Physorg, 11-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , ,

US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

US DoD surveys military crews on back/neck pain

If you are or were a U.S. military helicopter pilot or crewmember, the Department of Defense wants to know if you suffered back/neck pain or injury (not resulting from an aviation mishap) that may be related to your service in helicopters. Back pain afflicts approximately 20% of the general population, but studies have indicated military… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Apr-11

Tags: , , ,

Helibras launches AS350 armour shielding for hostile environments

Helibras launches AS350 armour shielding for hostile environments

(Electronic translation from original Portuguese press release) The shielding system of Squirrel helicopters produced by Helibras provides protection for crews and aircraft parts considered vital against light weapons with a caliber 7.62 and 5.56 mm level III, enhancing its ability to work in hostile environments. The installation consists of putting removable plates of material resistant… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 05-Apr-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

NEMSPA hails success of Cincinnati Helicopter Safety Summit

NEMSPA hails success of Cincinnati Helicopter Safety Summit

On Tuesday March 22nd, multiple helicopter operators and pilots from every facet of the industry in and around the Cincinnati metro area got together to participate in an open discussion on helicopter safety as it pertains to Cincinnati. The meeting was a joint venture put together by the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) and the… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 31-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

UN condemns attack on peacekeeper helicopter

UN condemns attack on peacekeeper helicopter

A helicopter belonging to the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), was shot at on Monday afternoon while on a reconnaissance flight above Duekoué. Elements of the Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) fired at the helicopter, but failed to hit it. UNOCI strongly condemns this attack against its peacekeepers, which could be considered… Read more »

Source: UNOCI, 31-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

CHC celebrates value of SQID safety database

CHC celebrates value of SQID safety database

CHC has always been proud of its single, world-wide system for incident reporting, but how can that data be used to benefit customers and the company? It is critical to have the right data and we start by measuring things that are important to customers, to safety, and to the growth of the company. These… Read more »

Source: CHC, 31-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

US military close fatal Puerto Rico UH-72A crash investigation without an answer

US military close fatal Puerto Rico UH-72A crash investigation without an answer

Military authorities have ended an investigation into a crash of a Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter that killed six people, saying they could not determine what caused the December accident.  See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 20-Dec-10 07-02069 Eurocopter UH-72 Vieques, Puerto Rico (6F)

Source: Boston Globe, 29-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Australian CAA threatens to prosecute man over R22 waterskiing stunt

Australian CAA threatens to prosecute man over R22 waterskiing stunt

The authority has asked for unedited footage of the waterskiing stunt shown in Network Ten’s Keeping Up With the Joneses.  Mr Jones, who owns the 700sq km Coolibah station on the Victoria River, said he was towing his 15-year-old son Beau. [File photo]

Source: Dialy Mail, 29-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

6,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

6,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having increasing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 6,000 images and increasing at a rate of approximately 450 per month The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over time. HeliHub.com plans to utilise… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

FAA to launch GA safety initiative on 2nd April

FAA to launch GA safety initiative on 2nd April

One of the FAA’s top priorities is to reduce the number of fatal accidents in general aviation, just as we have worked to reduce fatal accidents in commercial aviation. Similar to commercial aviation, the FAA is focused on reducing general aviation accidents by using a non-regulatory, proactive strategy to get results. Our goal is to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Mar-11

Tags: , ,

Inspector General issues letter regarding FAA’s oversight of on-demand aircraft operators

Inspector General issues letter regarding FAA’s oversight of on-demand aircraft operators

On March 21, 2011, we issued a letter to Representative Jerry F. Costello, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation, to convey the results of our review regarding challenges in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) oversight of on-demand aircraft operators.  We conducted this review to follow up on our… Read more »

Source: Office of Inspector General, 28-Mar-11

Tags: , ,

Transport Canada to respond to Cougar S92 report

Transport Canada to respond to Cougar S92 report

Canada’s Transportation Minister Chuck Strahl said his officials are reviewing last month’s report from the Transportation Safety Board on its investigation into the crash and said his department would respond to the board by May 7.

Source: CBC, 25-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

USMC mechanic dies after CH-53 landing gear collapse

USMC mechanic dies after CH-53 landing gear collapse

According to the Naval Safety Center, the sergeant died after he was pinned under a CH-53E helicopter after the landing gear collapsed when the landing gear pin was pulled. HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every reported incident, including details of the particular helicopter and links to online reports of the event. see 17-Mar-11 Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Major HEMS Associations Commit to IHST Goals and Process

Major HEMS Associations Commit to IHST Goals and Process

Major helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) associations have committed to “create the safest system possible for patients and the public” by adopting the data-driven safety recommendations of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). They called on all HEMS operators to join their efforts. “The leading helicopter operators in our industry have made significant investments in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

FAA warns helicopter pilots over use of Garmin 400/500 GPS with TAWS

FAA warns helicopter pilots over use of Garmin 400/500 GPS with TAWS

SAIB: SW-11-24 This is information only.  Recommendations aren’t mandatory. Introduction This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to inform owners and operators of rotorcraft equipped with Garmin 400/500 series GPS Navigation Systems, with the activated function of Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) designed for use in fixed wing airplanes.  There is an airworthiness concern regarding… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

UK scientists demo technology to make brown-out landings safer

UK scientists demo technology to make brown-out landings safer

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), in conjunction with industry partners, today showcased the development of world leading technology designed to help helicopter pilots land more safely and efficiently in Afghanistan. Scientists from Dstl, part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), have led the technical development of a pioneering approach to the problem of… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 20-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Detached bolt cited in Australian fatal R44 investigation

Detached bolt cited in Australian fatal R44 investigation

On 4 February 2011, a Robinson Helicopter Company R44 Astro helicopter (R44), registered VH‑HFH, was conducting circuit operations at Cessnock Aerodrome, New South Wales. On board the helicopter were an instructor, a pilot undergoing a helicopter flight review and a passenger. Following the completion of a sequence involving the simulated failure of the helicopter’s hydraulic‑boost… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 18-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Factory-operated Rotorway A600 Talon crashes

Factory-operated Rotorway A600 Talon crashes

One of two Experimental A600N Talon helicopters registered to manufacturer Rotorway International has had an accident.  The FAA preliminary report indicates that the pilot noticed a jolt while in cruise flight, but the ensuing autorotation ended up with the helicopter on its side.  N602RW is registered with an Experimental airworthiness certificate, with the category listed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Rotorcraft “Gotchas” is focus of March 22 Safety Seminar

Rotorcraft “Gotchas” is focus of March 22 Safety Seminar

General aviation flights account for the highest number of helicopter accidents in the U.S. Striving to lower the rate of those accidents, the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and HAI have joined forces to provide safety seminars tailored for general aviation helicopter instructors and pilots. The next is scheduled for Portland, Ore. on the evening of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Omniflight completes Level 1 of FAA Safety Management System Program

Omniflight completes Level 1 of FAA Safety Management System Program

Building on its commitment to safety and quality, Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, has completed Level 1 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Safety Management System (SMS) program and has now started on Level 2. Omniflight announced its achievement today, calling its SMS participation a natural extension of its “true safety-first… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 15-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

US Marine Corps UH-1N has mid-air engine fire

US Marine Corps UH-1N has mid-air engine fire

A US Marine Corps Bell UH-1N has today made an emergency landing in a field at Jacksonville, US-North Carolina after experiencing a mid-air port engine fire.  Based at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River, the photos of the UH-1N where it landed show significant scorch marks The six crew on board all exited… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

NTSB issues safety alert on unmarked weather observation towers

NTSB issues safety alert on unmarked weather observation towers

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots of low-flying aircraft about the dangers associated with unmarked towers built to record weather observations. The Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs), many of which fall just below the 200-foot Federal Aviation Administration threshold for obstruction markings, can be difficult to see from the… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 13-Mar-11

Tags: , , ,

CASA investigates TV star owner of North Australian Helicopters

CASA investigates TV star owner of North Australian Helicopters

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority is probing complaints claiming he broke a multitude of safety rules during filming of Network Ten’s 15-episode program – including using a helicopter to pull a skier along the water

Source: The Australian, 12-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

The National Transportation Safety Board, Angel Flight, and  Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold a  volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at the NTSB  Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on March 25, 2011. Below is the seminar’s agenda: Keynote Address: Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board 9:00-9:30 am. Sessions: NTSB · Four… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

Winnipeg police made a quick arrest after someone directed a laser beam at their helicopter.  The EC120 was flying over a downtown neighbourhood when it was targetted by a laser pointer.  Officers quickly pinpointed the house where they believed the beam was coming from and made an arrest.  The man was later released, but only… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

FADEC alleged in legal case over fatal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior accident

FADEC alleged in legal case over fatal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior accident

The suit alleges the failure of the FADEC system in an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter was a direct and proximate cause of two deaths when it crashed near Mosul, Iraq in February 2010. HeliHub.com accident page – 21-Feb-10 Bell OH-58D at Qayyarah Airfield West, Northern Iraq (2F)

Source: Knox News, 11-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Whistleblower mechanic awarded $485,000 after being fired for reporting unsafe helicopters

Whistleblower mechanic awarded $485,000 after being fired for reporting unsafe helicopters

Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge William Dorsey ruled in favor of helicopter mechanic Mark Van who was fired by Portneuf Medical Center (an Idaho hospital) for repeatedly raising concerns about violations of FAA safety standards in their helicopter air ambulance program.

11-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2011

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2011

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Schweizer 269C-1, G-CEAW on 22 May 2010 at Liverpool Airport, Merseyside Schweizer 269C-1, G-LINX Correction on 22 September 2009 at East bank of River Wyre, near Stalmine, Lancashire

Source: AAIB, 10-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

AAMS renews safety commitment to International Helicopter Safety Team

AAMS renews safety commitment to International Helicopter Safety Team

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is proud to announce a strong renewed commitment to the safety goals of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). Launched in 2005, this worldwide effort led by the IHST has been centered on uncovering the means to drive down the universal helicopter accident rate. The objective is to… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 10-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

New Bell Wire Strike Protection System under development

New Bell Wire Strike Protection System under development

Magellan Aerospace announced today a new agreement with Bell Helicopter for a Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS®) kit development. The helicopter to be fitted with WSPS will be the Bell UH-1Y. The design and production of the WSPS will be carried out at Magellan’s Bristol Aerospace operating division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for delivery of the prototype kits in… Read more »

Source: Magellan Aerospace, 09-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Rotorcraft Leasing Sikorsky S76 makes wheels up landing

Rotorcraft Leasing Sikorsky S76 makes wheels up landing

A Sikorsky S76 operated by Rotorcraft Leasing made a wheels up landing last Saturday at Capt G Allan Hancock Field (akak KSMX Santa Maria Public Airport). HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every reported incident, including details of the particular helicopter and links to online reports of the event. see05-Mar-11 N5402T Sikorsky S76 Santa Maria,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

One of the last Westland Wasps written off

One of the last Westland Wasps written off

In a somewhat bizarre accident, Westland Wasp G-BZPP was written off Saturday at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in the UK.  The helicopter was hovering at low level when it was hit from behind by a taxying fixed wing Starduster aircraft. It was one of the very last airworthy Wasps remaining in the world HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

HeliHub.com to add global web links

HeliHub.com to add global web links

HeliHub.com is to add a new “LINKS” section to our website.  Never known to do things by halves – we already bring more stories and incident reports to the global helicopter industries than any other website – you can be sure that our LINKS section will be second to none. Information on how to get… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Watch HAI Safety Symposium live from Heli-Expo 2011

Watch HAI Safety Symposium live from Heli-Expo 2011

PHI Chief Pilot Mike Hurst, one of this year’s “Salute to Excellence” award winners, is the featured speaker at the HAI Safety Symposium this morning at HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. You can watch Mike’s presentation live on Just Culture starting at 8:00 a.m. (EasternST) Check back here for updates on live Webcasts of other HELI-EXPO 2011 programs,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

SRT Helicopters helps Good Samaritan Hospital with emergency planning

SRT Helicopters helps Good Samaritan Hospital with emergency planning

SRT Helicopters, a leading training organization specializing in disaster relief operations and planning for military, law enforcement and public services agencies in the U.S. and around the world, recently completed a successful year-long disaster response training program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. With SRT’s help, Good Samaritan Hospital, recognized by Healthgrades, Inc.,… Read more »

Source: SRT Helicopters, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

SkyBooks latest release focuses on ADs

SkyBooks latest release focuses on ADs

SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and affiliate of Bell Helicopter, has issued Release 4.4.2.4 of its Electronic Record Keeping Program. This release focuses on alleviating the stress of Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance by directing maintainer and operator attention to newly issued AD. “Just like any aviation system, SkyBOOKS wanted to provide our… Read more »

Source: SkyBooks, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

Sandel adds WireWatchâ„¢ Wire-Strike Protection feature to HeliTAWSâ„¢

Sandel adds WireWatchâ„¢ Wire-Strike Protection feature to HeliTAWSâ„¢

Sandel Avionics has introduced a revolutionary adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will be implemented through the company’s advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a proactive alerting capability, WireWatch further enhances the operational safety that the TSO’d HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping helicopter pilots avoid transmission lines… Read more »

Source: Sandel Avionics, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

R44 crashes and burns in the Everglades

R44 crashes and burns in the Everglades

An extensive search involving helicopters from Broward County Sheriff, Palm Beach County and Miami Dade Fire Dept, along with airboats too, were launched to locate a Robinson R44 which was overdue on Saturday morning on a flight from Orlando to Tamiami in Florida.  The helicopter, a 2008 model owned by Bravo Helicopters of Miami (http://www.flybravohelicopters.com),… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

EMS EC135 makes precautionary landing at Boston Logan Airport

EMS EC135 makes precautionary landing at Boston Logan Airport

A Eurocopter Ec135 of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Airborne Response Team “D-HART” made a precautionary landing at the busy Boston Logan Airport today after the pilot reported difficulties with one engine.  Airline operations were not affected in the way that Britain’s London City Airport came to a standstill yesterday after a similar emergency. It was on its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Three helicopters wrongly fuelled at Forestville

Three helicopters wrongly fuelled at Forestville

A group of three helicopters, believed to all be  R44s, were touring together and stopped for fuel at Forestville Airport in Canada.  One experienced significant loss of power not long after take-off and it turned out that all three were wrongly fuelled with Jet fuel instead of AvGas. HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

Information is still coming in on an accident involving a French military Eurocopter AS532 Cougar helicopter.  Shortly after take-off, a crew member noticed the door was not correctly closed and went to adjust it.  In the process of this manouevre, he was sucked out of the aircraft.  A second crew member went to help and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Polish EMS chooses Becker Avionics 406 MHz GPS PLB for EC135 fleet

Polish EMS chooses Becker Avionics 406 MHz GPS PLB for EC135 fleet

Becker Avionics, a leading provider of Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)/Emergency Radios, is pleased to announce that the Polish Ministry of Heath has chosen the MR510 Personal Locator Beacon/Emergency Radio, with embedded GPS receiver technology for their EC135 air medical helicopter fleet. The Polish Ministry of Health air medical helicopter fleet provides high-quality HEMS service to… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 03-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Bakersfield Man Charged With Lasering Sheriff Helicopter

Bakersfield Man Charged With Lasering Sheriff Helicopter

US Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment today charging Jeffrey Lee Gentry, 33, of Bakersfield, with interfering with the safe operation of a Kern County Sheriff’s Department helicopter by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit.

Source: TurnTo23.com, 03-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Navigate to SMS in Orlando at Heli-Expo 2011

Navigate to SMS in Orlando at Heli-Expo 2011

Safety Management Systems (SMS) are becoming increasingly widespread throughout the world’s helicopter, HEMS and helicopter maintenance sector as a result of ICAO mandating that all member states require a State Safety Program (SSP). Our Q-Pulse solution is the information foundation to meet or exceed the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) SMS Toolkit attributes guidance. Q-Pulse… Read more »

Source: Sextant Readings, 03-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

NEMSPA to showcase major safety initiatives at Heli-Expo 2011

NEMSPA to showcase major safety initiatives at Heli-Expo 2011

The National EMS Pilots Association – NEMSPA – is proud to be a part of Heli-Expo 2011, Helicopter Association International’s annual trade show of All Things Helicopter in Orlando Florida, March 5-8. Visit us in the Orange County Convention Center at Booth #5711. NEMSPA has collaborated with two of industry’s premier safety organizations to showcase… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 02-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Eurosafety releases R22 and R44 iPhone app

Eurosafety releases R22 and R44 iPhone app

Eurosafety is pleased to announce the release of their latest IPhone application, Risafety. This app is ESI’s latest effort in their goal to improve airframe knowledge and safety in the helicopter community. The iSafety App is designed to provide a method to review caution panel emergency procedures for the R22 and R44 Helicopters. This training… Read more »

Source: Eurosafety, 02-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Accident Investigation Course Availability – CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2011

Accident Investigation Course Availability – CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2011

The CHC Safety and Quality Summit is approaching fast and courses are filling up. A limited number of seats are have been made available for the 2 Day Accident/Incident Investigation Analysis Course (March 31-April 1).  Additionally, due to the popularity of this course, it will be repeated April 2-3 and a few seats are available in that… Read more »

Source: CHC, 02-Mar-11

Tags: , , , ,

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

A Bell 206B JetRanger of Upper Limit Aviation has crashed at Bolinder Field – Tooele Valley Airport.  The helicopter was on a training flight and suffered a very heavy landing.  Both occupants were reportedly trapped in the helicopter, which ended up on its starboard side and with the boom separated from the airframe. HeliHub.com adds… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Police and news helicopters in Phoenix targeted by lasers

Police and news helicopters in Phoenix targeted by lasers

On Friday morning, news helicopter crews were all chasing breaking news when someone from the ground shined a laser in their direct line of sight.

Source: KPHO, 27-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

Have medevac helicopters in Afghanistan become “legitimate targets”?

Have medevac helicopters in Afghanistan become “legitimate targets”?

A documentary by British filmmaker Vaughan Smith on this subject has recently been broadcast on Al Jazeera television’s “People and Power” series.

Source: Moderate Voice, 27-Feb-11

Tags: , , , ,

HAI Operator Safety Award for 2010

HAI Operator Safety Award for 2010

The annual HAI Operator Safety Award recognizes the safe operation of helicopters by HAI Regular Members. To be eligible for consideration for the current award, operators must not have had an accident during 2010. HAI presents first-time recipients with an engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion. For following accident-free years, Members will receive year-date medallions… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Feb-11

Tags: , , , ,

FAA seeks helicopter industry input on safety challenges

FAA seeks helicopter industry input on safety challenges

The FAA Safety Team (FAAST) has eight regional teams that run regular local events to update pilots, mechanics and small operators on particular hazards to safe general aviation flying. Those teams, which have earned a reputation for conducting highly useful briefings for fixed-wing fliers, are focusing on developing the same strength for the helicopter community…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Feb-11

Tags: , , ,

Debate billed as “can’t miss” session of 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Debate billed as “can’t miss” session of 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

A fast-paced debate between three keynote speakers is sure to be among the highlights of the fast approaching CHC Safety & Quality Summit. Held March 28 – 30, 2011 at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit will feature approximately 70 sessions examining this year’s theme,… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Feb-11

Tags: , , ,

10-year-old targets helicopter with laser

10-year-old targets helicopter with laser

The helicopter crew narrowed the source of the light to a city home where police confiscated a laser pointer from a 10-year-old boy. His parents were home, but hadn’t realized what their son was up to.

Source: Edmonton Journal, 21-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Woman arrested for shining laser at Long Beach Police helicopter

Woman arrested for shining laser at Long Beach Police helicopter

A 34-year old Long Beach woman has been arrested for pointing lasers at Police and Sheriff helicopters while they conducted a search for suspects in an unrelated incident in January. Kelly Ann Smith has been charged with two felony counts of discharging a laser at an aircraft.

Source: Long Beach Post, 17-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2011 – General Sessions Now Available for Registration

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 2011 – General Sessions Now Available for Registration

The CHC Safety & Quality Summit General Sessions are now available for registration. To Click here to view the Agenda and Course descriptions. Course descriptions will be updated as more information becomes available. Some sessions are offered in multiple time slots to make scheduling as flexible as possible. You can modify your choices at any… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Feb-11

Tags: , , ,

Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter fleet grounded

Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter fleet grounded

The Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter has been grounded following a fatal crash yesterday – see HeliHub.com safety report at 15-Feb-11 Mil Mi-28N Budyonnovsk, Russia (1F).  A Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said the crash of the Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopter occurred Tuesday in the Budyennovsk district of the Stavropol region. Reports vary on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , , ,

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2011

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2011

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- AS355F1 Ecureuil II, G-BPRI atAbridge, Essex on 23 October 2010 Sikorsky S-92A, G-SARC at Isle of Harris on 9 July 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-HRBS at Goodwood on 28 September 2010

Source: AAIB, 13-Feb-11

Tags: , , , ,

Oil firms curtail helicopter use over rough Newfoundland seas

Oil firms curtail helicopter use over rough Newfoundland seas

Offshore oil companies are grounding helicopter flights over rough seas off Newfoundland as recommended by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 12-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , ,

Shasta Lake man to go to trial accused of shining laser at CHP helicopter

Shasta Lake man to go to trial accused of shining laser at CHP helicopter

Kevin Wayne Foster was ordered to stand trial on two felony and two misdemeanor counts stemming from the potentially dangerous Dec. 6 helicopter incident.  If convicted, Foster faces about 4 years 8 months in prison, said Shasta County Deputy District Attorney Craig Omura.

Source: Record Searchlight, 11-Feb-11

Tags: , , , , , , ,