R44

NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

9-Nov-2015Source: NZ CAA

The CAA says new requirements for pilots flying Robinson helicopters will help prevent accidents. Graeme Harris, The Director of Civil Aviation (CAA) has determined that additional safety awareness training will be required for pilots flying Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. In response to a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) recommendation we reviewed the status of... Read more

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

27-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish Police have recently announced that they impounded three helicopters in the last year which they believe have been used in drug smuggling operations between Morocco and Spain – photos of two of these are shown below.  They believe they have broken two criminal organisations, and arrested a total of 15 and seized 810kg of... Read more

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

16-Oct-2015

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos... Read more

07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

07-Oct-15 ZS-HIG Robinson R44 Lephalale, South Africa

7-Oct-2015

Helicopter crashed, injuring vet Niel Kriel and game keeper Dirk Uys... Read more

07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

07-Oct-15 VH-ZWA Robinson R44 Darwin, Australia

7-Oct-2015

During takeoff, the helicopter rolled over. The pilot, the only person on board, received minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.... Read more

05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

05-Oct-15 N442RP Robinson R44 Parkston, US-South Dakota

5-Oct-2015

R44 with four POB crashed at the AgLand Cooperative fertilizer plant. Images show (1) tail boom sliced by main rotor blades and (2) heavy damage to the front of the cabin and all occupants injured, with two treated locally at Avera St. Benedict Hospital and two with more serious injuries transferred to a more equipped medical... Read more

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

Rotorcorp becomes official Helicopter Easy Wheels distributor

29-Sep-2015Source: Rotorcorp

You can hate them, but you gotta’ have them.  You have probably bought more than one set of costly ground handling wheels for your Robinson Helicopter over the years and have likely felt that you are not quite getting your money’s worth.    The ground handling wheel market is flooded with variations of the same old... Read more

14-Sep-15 N442CF Robinson R44 Kingsville, US-Texas

14-Sep-15 N442CF Robinson R44 Kingsville, US-Texas

14-Sep-2015

Force landing in field... Read more

09-Sep-15 C-GZFX Robinson R44 Foleyet, Canada (2F)

09-Sep-15 C-GZFX Robinson R44 Foleyet, Canada (2F)

9-Sep-2015

Helicopter crashed into trees, dropping vertically nose-first between the trees down to the ground, killing both on board – named as 24-year-old Jeremie Belanger and 41-year-old Ken Mielke – both were pilots were pilots for Apex Helicopters, which was performing aerial spraying for a forestry company in the area. CADORS 2015O2625... Read more

07-Sep-15 RA-04151 Robinson R44 Baltasinsky, Russia

07-Sep-15 RA-04151 Robinson R44 Baltasinsky, Russia

7-Sep-2015

During a hard landing in a field with low-level crop (presumably an emergency landing?), the helicopter rocked back onto its tail, resulting in the tail rotor gearbox and tail shearing off.   Rest of helicopter appears unscathed, apart from the skids being splayed out as a result of the heavy landing.... Read more

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

Robinson expands R44 & R66 Autopilot and Aspen package

4-Sep-2015Source: Robinson

The same Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS (Helicopter Stability Augmentation System) and autopilot that was FAA approved on the R66 earlier this year is now available on Robinson’s top selling R44. The R44 autopilot option has all of the same modes and functionality as the R66 including basic stability augmentation, heading hold, altitude hold, navigation signal tracking,... Read more

28-Aug-15 N440SA Robinson R44 Cheyenne, US-Wyoming

28-Aug-15 N440SA Robinson R44 Cheyenne, US-Wyoming

28-Aug-2015

The helicopter landed hard from an altitude of about 15 feet and slid about 8 to 10 feet. Both skids were spread apart and broken and the helicopter came to rest on its fuselage. Both tail rotor blades separated and the vertical stabilizer was damaged. There was some buckling of the fuselage. The tail boom... Read more

25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

25-Aug-2015

Pilot John Marcotte suffered minor injuries. Tail boom sliced in two places, helicopter ended on its starboard side in a hay field – approx one mile out after departing local airfield... Read more

22-Aug-15 Robinson R44 College Station, US-Texas

22-Aug-15 Robinson R44 College Station, US-Texas

22-Aug-2015

Clipped tree and crashed to the ground during filming operations.  Wayne Bomstad received minor injuries.  Pilot Jacob Oliver was still in hospital four days later according to this report.... Read more

17-Aug-15 G-LHXL Robinson R44 Goodwood, UK

17-Aug-15 G-LHXL Robinson R44 Goodwood, UK

17-Aug-2015

Large taildragger fixed wing (Boeing Stearman N56200) taxied directly into the parked and unattended R44, causing extensive damage to cabin, avionics etc.... Read more

British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

British R44 pilot fined for downwash incident

10-Aug-2015Source: Torquay Herald Express

TORBAY millionaire hotel owner Keith Richardson has been fined £3,000 after his helicopter caused a parasol to take off and strike a teenage guest. See Full Story... Read more

08-Aug-15 RA-04383 Robinson R44 Alehnovo, Russia (4F)

08-Aug-15 RA-04383 Robinson R44 Alehnovo, Russia (4F)

8-Aug-2015

Mid-air with Cessna U206F Floatplane RA-67523 killing all four in the R44 and five in the Cessna.  Initial reports say the Cessna pilot was taking off in the evening into the sun and likely did not see the helicopter... Read more

Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

Aberta Dinosaur Museum premiers helicopter tours

6-Aug-2015Source: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Leading up to the September 3rd soft opening, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will begin offering helicopter tours from August 5th throughout the summer over one of the world’s densest dinosaur bone-bed sites. The tours will showcase stunning aerial views of the museum, Pipestone Creek and Wapiti River, snaking through heavily wooded terrain to the mass gravesite of... Read more

01-Aug-15 OO-KMN Robinson R44 Belgium

01-Aug-15 OO-KMN Robinson R44 Belgium

1-Aug-2015

Date is estimated, and may be any time in the range 23-Jun (last known flight) to 05-Aug, when the helicopter was seen damaged on a trailer in the insurance compound at Fairoaks Airport in the UK. Helicopter looks mostly complete, but tail boom a little bent and the lower part of the tail is bent... Read more

27-Jul-15 5Y-HCC Robinson R44 Karuga, Kenya

27-Jul-15 5Y-HCC Robinson R44 Karuga, Kenya

27-Jul-2015

Landing accident with helicopter ending on its starboard side.  3 POB not serious injured... Read more

24-Jul-15 C-FRAP Robinson R44 Strathroy, Canada

24-Jul-15 C-FRAP Robinson R44 Strathroy, Canada

24-Jul-2015

Helicopter was being used to spray fungicide on fields of corn. The pilot approached and overflew one field checking for hazards and wind conditions, and then began a spray swath across the field. Midway through the first swath, the pilot heard the low rotor horn sound. Manually rolling the throttle up did not prevent the... Read more

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

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

16-Jul-2015

Force landing in field.  3 POB.  Minor damage... Read more

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

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

15-Jul-2015

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

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

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

14-Jul-2015

During mustering operations, the helicopter collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage (photo). The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the helicopter, sustained minor injuries. Final report says “According to the Carburettor Icing Probability chart, the conditions indicated a high probability of serious carburettor icing at descent power.”... Read more

12-Jul-15 N577AT Robinson R44 Viola, US-Tennessee

12-Jul-15 N577AT Robinson R44 Viola, US-Tennessee

12-Jul-2015

Substantially damaged after hitting wires during agricultural operations... Read more

10-Jul-15 C-FTJG Robinson R44 Canmore, Canada

10-Jul-15 C-FTJG Robinson R44 Canmore, Canada

10-Jul-2015

There were no reported injuries among the 4 souls on board. Search and rescue located the site via emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal and extracted the occupants. Unknown damage to the aircraft. CADORS 2015C2524... Read more

01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

01-Jul-15 N824DK Robinson R44 Gettysburg, US-South Dakota

1-Jul-2015

Clipped a power line on climb-out at 9.30pm, landed and skidded on a highway and came to a stop in a ditch... Read more

27-Jun-15 RA-05765 Robinson R44 Tisulskom, Russia (3F)

27-Jun-15 RA-05765 Robinson R44 Tisulskom, Russia (3F)

27-Jun-2015

After striking a low level wire, the pilot elected to land on the shoreline (or sandbank?) of a river.  On subsequent take-off the pilot lost control and crashed – photo shows it on a rocky shoreline.... Read more

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 Leicester, UK

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 Leicester, UK

25-Jun-2015

Take off accident, helicopter fell onto its side.  One minor injury... Read more

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 II Leicester, UK

25-Jun-15 G-CDXX Robinson R44 II Leicester, UK

25-Jun-2015

The pilot was intending to make a local flight and having completed his pre-flight checks, gradually increased the rotor rpm to about 80%. From the CCTV it can be observed that at about this time, the helicopter rapidly yawed to the left and rotated through about 290° before tipping over onto its right side. The... Read more

Contact Aviation Completes Cool City Avionics R44 Autopilot Installation

Contact Aviation Completes Cool City Avionics R44 Autopilot Installation

24-Jun-2015Source: Cool City Avionics

Cool City Avionics congratulates Contact Aviation in Waterford, Michigan on the successful completion of their first Cool City Avionics HAP-100 autopilot installation. The installation was completed on a Robinson R-44 helicopter. John Shirk, Managing Director of Contact Aviation, reports: “The HAP-100 was delivered on time, on budget, squawk free, and is performing perfectly.” Most importantly,... Read more

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

Australia – CASA calls on FAA and EASA to act over R44 bladder tanks

22-Jun-2015Source: Australian Flying

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on US and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems. See Full Story... Read more

21-Jun-15 N305CG Robinson R44 Danville, US-Arkansas

21-Jun-15 N305CG Robinson R44 Danville, US-Arkansas

21-Jun-2015

Force landing in field, aircraft destroyed... Read more

14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

14-Jun-15 VH-KJJ Robinson R44 Timber Creek, Australia (1F)

14-Jun-2015

The aircraft collided with terrain while conducting aerial agriculture operations. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident – named here as Dougal Brett... Read more

Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

Brazil approves Simplex spray system for R44

12-Jun-2015Source: Simplex

Simplex Aerospace has been granted validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Brazilian Agencia Nacional de Dviacao Civil (ANAC) for its Model 244 Agricultural Spray System for the Robinson R44 helicopter. The Brazilian ANAC approval, CST# 2015S05-06, gives Brazilian helicopter operators the opportunity to meet contract requirements in Brazil’s growing agricultural industry. The Brazil... Read more

12-Jun-15 CC-PTR Robinson R44 El Rosario, Chile

12-Jun-15 CC-PTR Robinson R44 El Rosario, Chile

12-Jun-2015

Crashed into a tree on approach to airport.  The pilot, Juan Manuel Urrutia was slightly injured, while his passenger was uninjured.... Read more

22-May-15 Robinson R44 Bumbu River, Papua New Guinea

22-May-15 Robinson R44 Bumbu River, Papua New Guinea

22-May-2015

Crashed into a shallow river, possibly after hitting wires.  4 POB rescued OK.  Even if the helicopter survived in a rebuildable state, the locals manage to pull it apart sufficiently in this video that it is most unlikely to be rebuilt.  This tweet claims it was unregistered.  The occupants were all from Frabelle Fishing, a... Read more

City of Perth approves floating helipads trial on Swan River

City of Perth approves floating helipads trial on Swan River

27-Apr-2015Source: Aviation WA

The City of Perth has approved a two-year trial of of two floating helipads on the north side of the Swan River, opposite the Perth Concert Hall and Terrace Road carpark, 200 metres to the east of WA Row All Posts ing Club, near Barrack Street Jetty. See Full Story  ... Read more

24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

24-Apr-2015

Blade damaged while helicopter being fueled.  The location and date suggest that this was at the Sun’N’Fun event... Read more

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

23-Apr-2015Source: HeliHub.com

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the... Read more

22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

22-Apr-2015

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital... Read more

22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

22-Apr-15 F-HLOU Robinson R44 Lyon, France

22-Apr-2015

Date assumed given posting date of the incident on Facebook.  Helicopter had been peppered with over 100 lead shots from close range, causing damage the tail boom close to the root... Read more

03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

03-Apr-15 ZS-HFO Robinson R44 Coniston, South Africa

3-Apr-2015

Very heavy autorotation landing resulted in skids being ripped off and helicopter coming to rest on its starboard side. Owner reported in his own Facebook post that this was after the “newly fitted Lycoming Engine had just 15 minutes of flight time and lost power on its second flight approx 10 minutes after take off”,... Read more

29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

29-Mar-15 OK-RRJ Robinson R44 Modrava, Czech Republic (1F)

29-Mar-2015

Crashed into trees shortly after take-off from a site described as ” inaccessible” – pilot reported to have stayed the night in a cottage in the woods.  Weather mentioned as a possible factor in some reports... Read more

22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

22-Mar-2015

R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55,  and Harry Anderson, 42... Read more

20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

20-Mar-15 N701CT Robinson R44 Hot Springs, US-Arkansas

20-Mar-2015

While landing at his own helipad, the pilot said the ground gave way beneath the pad causing the tail rotor to strike the dirt. This caused the helicopter to spin uncontrollably, and it ended up in nearby trees... Read more

US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

US flight schools exploit GI Bill loophole

18-Mar-2015Source: Los Angeles Times

For some flight schools that train helicopter pilots, the GI Bill that took effect in 2009 was a windfall the government never intended. See Full Story... Read more

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

17-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to Vanuatu to help with the ongoing humanitarian aid operation in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Pam, which hit the archipelago country on Saturday 14th.  President Baldwin Lonsdale is quoted as saying the storm has wiped out all development of recent... Read more

13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

13-Mar-2015

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed... Read more

13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

13-Mar-15 N702TF Robinson R44 Hammerton, US-New Jersey

13-Mar-2015

Emergency, with no apparent damage from press photo... Read more

12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

12-Mar-15 EW-249LH Robinson R44 Kobrin, Belarus

12-Mar-2015

Fell onto side in landing accident.  No injuries to 4 POB... Read more

10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

10-Mar-15 RA-06397 Robinson R44 Barlak, Russia

10-Mar-2015

Helicopter damaged, but no details on circumstances.  pilot not injured... Read more

FRASCA International Introduces New Simulator Technology

FRASCA International Introduces New Simulator Technology

9-Mar-2015Source: FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc. Urbana, IL, has developed three new simulation technologies to enhance training capabilities of their flight simulators. These include SimTracker™, SimAssist™ and TruCue™. SimTracker™ is FRASCA’s new cloud based utility that helps manage your flight simulators and meet your regulatory quality management needs. Features include: live availability and usage reporting, simplified discrepancy &... Read more

FRASCA Provides R44 Helicopter Simulator to China

FRASCA Provides R44 Helicopter Simulator to China

9-Mar-2015Source: FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc. Urbana, IL will provide a CAAC Level 5 TruFlite™ R44/S300 convertible Flight Training Device (FTD) to Xilin Fengteng GA Corporation, Guanghang, Sichuan Province, China. The company is the largest helicopter corporation in the Southwest of China with twelve helicopters and 35 pilots and offers helicopter medical, business and training for PPL and... Read more

05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

05-Mar-15 F-GOLT Robinson R44 Beaune, France

5-Mar-2015

Extensively damaged – hired by PPL from Hélitravaux.  3 POB all to hospital.... Read more

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

4-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

In 2014 Robinson produced 329 helicopters in contrast to the 523 helicopters of 2013. Kurt Robinson, company President, said this was due to the catching up on the backlog of R66s. The other reason involved the fact that over 70% of Robinson helicopters are produced outside the USA and that has to do with economies... Read more

Sweden – Northern Helicopters drops Cabri in favour of R44

Sweden – Northern Helicopters drops Cabri in favour of R44

2-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Swedish operator Northern Helicopters has the two highest hour G2 Cabri helicopters in the world, and nearly 8,500 hours experience flying the type.  However, they have decided to sell the two examples that they have, and are in the process of acquiring three Robinson R44 Raven IIs to replace them.  Northern cite “increasing costs and... Read more

28-Feb-15 N7425T Robinson R44 Lexington, US-Oregon

28-Feb-15 N7425T Robinson R44 Lexington, US-Oregon

28-Feb-2015

Force landing on a road intersection... Read more

Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

Guidance Aviation Exhibiting at HAI’s Helicopter Career Fair

26-Feb-2015Source: GA

Guidance Aviation hired 60 professionals in the last 12 months (02/14 – 02/15) – that’s just over one job created each week by the primary helicopter flight training institution. To support its growth, Guidance Aviation will be attending Helicopter Association International’s Helicopter Industry Career Fair at HELI-EXPO 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The organization will be... Read more

25-Feb-15 G-CEDG Robinson R44 Aspley Guise, UK

25-Feb-15 G-CEDG Robinson R44 Aspley Guise, UK

25-Feb-2015

3 POB not seriously injured after emergency landing in farmland and helicopter ended upside down.  Was en route to Sussex Appears from BBC story that pilot had problem with tail rotor control and executed a run on landing on a level but soft field, and then one skid dug into the mud and flipped the... Read more

Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

Australia and New Zealand soften impact of R44 blade AD

24-Feb-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Following the issue of Emergency ADs over the weekend on all Robinson R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades, new documentation has been issued by Australia and New Zealand with less onerous requirements.  These helicopters are no longer grounded, but require inspection of the blades by the pilot before each and every flight. In issuing DCA/R44/32,... Read more

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

23-Feb-2015

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited Robinson R44 helicopters from further flight if they are fitted with main rotor blades with reference C016-7.  This follows the fatal accident of an R44 in New Zealand last week from the fleet of Over The Top Helicopters, which killed one of their instructors and his 18 year old... Read more

19-Feb-15 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

19-Feb-15 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

19-Feb-2015

Fatalities named in the press as Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, aged 42, of Wanaka, and James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, of Queenstown... Read more

13-Feb-15 CC-PHY Robinson R44 San Lorenzo, Chile (3F)

13-Feb-15 CC-PHY Robinson R44 San Lorenzo, Chile (3F)

13-Feb-2015

Helicopter with four on board crashed in forest area.  One passenger (named as Miguel Zunino Valenzuela) jumped clear just before the helicopter crashed and the other three died in the accident, including Ítalo Zunino Muratori, Nicolás Fossatti and pilot Luis Alvarado.... Read more

Frasca to launch new simulators at Heli-Expo

Frasca to launch new simulators at Heli-Expo

13-Feb-2015Source: Frasca

FRASCA International, Inc. Urbana, IL will be displaying two helicopter flight simulators at this years Heli-Expo (March 3-5, Orlando – booth #5031). Both simulators are newly developed and available for pilots to fly and experience at the show. FRASCA’s new TruFlite™ R44 FTD (Flight Training Device) is a high fidelity simulator for the Robinson R44... Read more

Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

Robinson production drops by 37% in 2014

6-Feb-2015Source: HeliHub.com

After a level 2013 (over 2012) and a bumper 45% increase in 2012 production over 2011, Robinson production sunk in 2014.  Robinson Helicopter’s production for 2014 was 329 helicopters – 101 R66s, 186 R44s and 42 R22s, a huge 37% drop compared to 2013’s production of 523. Looking at each model, the R22 production was... Read more

01-Feb-15 N510KJ Robinson R44 Calexico, US-California

01-Feb-15 N510KJ Robinson R44 Calexico, US-California

1-Feb-2015

Pilot experienced a loss of engine power during turn on approach – autorotation unsuccessful due to low altitude. The helicopter landed hard and rolled onto its right side, resulting in substantial damage to the forward fuselage and tailboom.... Read more

01-Feb-15 VH-YYF Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

01-Feb-15 VH-YYF Robinson R44 Hughenden, Australia

1-Feb-2015

After take-off, the helicopter lost lift and collided with terrain, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.... Read more

Australia removes flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44

Australia removes flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44

28-Jan-2015Source: CASA

We repost in full the following advice from Australian regulator CASA Changes have been made to the flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44 helicopters, to make it easier for pilots operating these aircraft. New legislative instruments were registered on 5 January, with the following changes now in effect. The R22 and R44 are now... Read more

Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

Precision Flight Controls Partners with Ryan Aerospace to Develop Helicopter Simulators

14-Jan-2015Source: Precision

Precision Flight Controls, Inc. has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices.  Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems to be developed.  PFC will distribute the new systems through... Read more

Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

Garmin G500H Glass Panels Installed in Guidance Aviation fleet

13-Jan-2015Source: Garmin

Garmin G500H glass panels have been installed in the Guidance Aviation helicopter fleet. Last year, the primary helicopter flight training organization with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced their decision to upgrade their aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations... Read more

10-Jan-15 PR-HPR Robinson R44 Santa Monica, Brazil (1F)

10-Jan-15 PR-HPR Robinson R44 Santa Monica, Brazil (1F)

10-Jan-2015

The pilot was killed and an occupant was seriously injured after a helicopter crashed in the PR-576 highway, in Santa Monica, Paraná.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter reportedly hit a large bird, and wires during emergency landing... Read more

HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

9-Jan-2015Source: HAI Salute

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) today announced the winners of its acclaimed Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s... Read more

09-Jan-15 VH-YMD Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

09-Jan-15 VH-YMD Robinson R44 Alice Springs, Australia

9-Jan-2015

After taking off and clearing some trees, the helicopter began to lose rotor RPM and the pilot elected to land nearby. During the landing, the helicopter sustained some damage, but the helicopter remained upright and the pilot and passengers were uninjured.  Helicopter was being used for a police search for a missing 23-year old who... Read more

Helicopter tours from Port Canaveral to continue

Helicopter tours from Port Canaveral to continue

6-Jan-2015Source: Florida Today

The operator of helicopter tours from Port Canaveral will be able to continue offering them, under a plan unanimously approved by port commissioners. See Full Story... Read more

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