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Australia: Action signalled on helicopter safety fears

Australia: Action signalled on helicopter safety fears

Chief flying instructors, helicopter company executives and safety officials congregated at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport this week to discuss ways of improving safety through training and communication.

Source: The Australian, 14-Sep-10

US study shows wide variety of safety cultures in EMS helicopter operations

US study shows wide variety of safety cultures in EMS helicopter operations

The study, to be published in the October/December issue of Prehospital Emergency Care and now available online, analyzed survey results from 61 EMS agencies in the United States and Canada

Source: Occupational Health & Safety, 13-Sep-10

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FBI probes laser lights aimed at US Customs & Border Protection AS350

FBI probes laser lights aimed at US Customs & Border Protection AS350

The helicopter pilot of a white and blue U.S. Customs and Border Protection AS350  flying over Madison Heights two weeks ago immediately called police there when a beam came into the cockpit, customs spokesman Kris Grogan said

Source: freep.com, 13-Sep-10

Baltimore County police blinded by laser

Baltimore County police blinded by laser

Authorities from several Maryland police agencies called attention to the problem on Wednesday, asking people to put down their lasers, some of which can project beams more than two miles.

Source: Baltimore Sun, 13-Sep-10

Philippine Air Force grounds Huey fleet

Philippine Air Force grounds Huey fleet

The entire fleet of Philippine Air Force UH-1Hs has been grounded by following the incident last Friday wherein one of their choppers was engulfed in flames after making an emergency landing in Ilocos Norte (details here)

Source: Manila Bulletin, 12-Sep-10

Third A160T Hummingbird accident; Where now for unmanned programs?

Third A160T Hummingbird accident; Where now for unmanned programs?

HeliHub.com has heard today of a third test flight accident in their unmanned A160T Hummingbird program – known in military circles as the YMQ-18.  During a 45 day test program in Belize, one example crashed at the Central Farm airstrip there on 4th September. [see details] Only weeks ago on 28th July, another Hummingbird crashed… Read more »

10-Sep-10

US considered shooting down runaway Fire Scout

US considered shooting down runaway Fire Scout

US commanders considered shooting down an unmanned navy helicopter that flew out of control towards the US capital last month before communications were restored, a top US officer said Thursday.

Source: AFP, 09-Sep-10

Concern in Venezuela after fourth Mi-17 accident

Concern in Venezuela after fourth Mi-17 accident

The most recent on 27th August was operating for the Venezuelan National Guard, and killed ten (see details in HeliHub’s Accident section)

Source: El Nacional, 09-Sep-10

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Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

Victoria government reviews farm helicopter rules

The Victorian Government has launched a rapid-fire review of restrictive planning laws limiting the use of helicopters on farms.

Source: Weekly Times, 09-Sep-10

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Man admits throwing stones at helicopter

Man admits throwing stones at helicopter

In a last minute change of plea, a Turangi man has admitted a charge of endangering life after throwing rocks at a helicopter, causing more than $20,000 worth of damage.

Source: Yahoo NZ, 09-Sep-10

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Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

Agency defends review process of helicopter crash report

The federal agency charged with investigating the fatal crash of a helicopter ferrying workers to an oil rig off Newfoundland last year is defending its decision to exclude the victims’ families from the review process of the draft accident report.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 09-Sep-10

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Canada: IH and MoT respond to helipad questions

Canada: IH and MoT respond to helipad questions

Both Interior Health (IH) and the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) have responded to questions after four heliports were shut down in the East Kootenay earlier this summer.

Source: Invermere Valley Echo, 09-Sep-10

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UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

UK: New inquiry into 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash announced

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has confirmed a new independent legal inquiry into the 1994 Mull of Kintyre helicopter disaster.  RAF Chinook HC2 ZD576 crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in Western Scotland 16 years ago, killing all 29 abroad.

Source: Guardian, 09-Sep-10

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ITAM-AF supports Iraqis after Mi-17 crash

ITAM-AF supports Iraqis after Mi-17 crash

When an Iraqi Mi-17 helicopter crashed last month in Taji, killing five Iraqi Airmen, personnel from the Iraq Training and Advising Mission-Air Force moved quickly to provide a Critical Incident Stress Management team to support to the students and cadre at the joint training base. ITAM-AF has been training the Iraqi air force’s aircrews on… Read more »

Source: ITAM-AF, 09-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Enstrom 280C Shark, G-COLL near Douglas, Isle of Man on 19 March 2010 Robinson R22 Beta, G-OTOY atWellesbourne on 28 April 2008 Robinson R44 Astro, G-PIDG at Skipton, North Yorkshire on 26 June 2010 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Sep-10

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NTSB: Helicopter may have played role in plane crash

NTSB: Helicopter may have played role in plane crash

In their preliminary report of the Aug. 10 crash that injured two men, NTSB investigators say the small Piper Cub from Park City was coming in for a landing when it apparently flew into the rotor wash of a large helicopter.

Source: Billings Gazette, 09-Sep-10

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14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

14-year old British boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal

A 14-year-old youth accused of shining a laser pen at a police helicopter in Leicester has failed to convince the High Court he should not be prosecuted

Source: BBC, 08-Sep-10

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Westchester man charged with shining laser at police helicopter

Westchester man charged with shining laser at police helicopter

Leonard Petruzzi, 45, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor.

Source: Mid Hudson News, 08-Sep-10

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Fog may have led to Bell 47G5 crash outside Salinas

Fog may have led to Bell 47G5 crash outside Salinas

Refers to this accident – 03-Sep-10 N4427F Bell 47G5 Salinas, US-California

Source: The Californian, 07-Sep-10

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Maryland State Police crews targeted by laser pointers

Maryland State Police crews targeted by laser pointers

Maryland State Police said Monday that one of its helicopter crews was recently targeted while trying to land in Ocean City to pick up a trauma patient.

Source: WBAL, 07-Sep-10

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Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

Cougar S92 crash probe review unfair, says lawyer

The Transportation Safety Board probe into a deadly helicopter crash off Newfoundland is flawed and unfair, say lawyers for the victims of Cougar Flight 491.

06-Sep-10

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Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group to sponsor HFDM Workshop at IHSS 2010

Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group to sponsor HFDM Workshop at IHSS 2010

In response to an invitation from the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, the Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group is pleased to announce that they will present an HFDM workshop at IHSS 2010, scheduled to coincide with the HeliTech tradeshow in Estoril, Portugal. The IHSS will be held on October 3rd and 4th, with HeliTech running… Read more »

Source: IHST, 04-Sep-10

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Laser shined at Osceola Sheriff’s helicopter

Laser shined at Osceola Sheriff’s helicopter

Deputies say someone was shining a laser that could have blinded the pilot of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The pilot was OK, but now deputies are hunting for the person who flashed the laser.

Source: WDBO, 04-Sep-10

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Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

Two arrests after laser pointed at Cambridgeshire Police helicopter

The pair allegedly aimed the shaft of light at the cockpit of the Cambridgeshire force’s aircraft while it was on a call

Source: Cambridge News, 04-Sep-10

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Safety board cites pilot error in 2008 Med Flight crash

Safety board cites pilot error in 2008 Med Flight crash

The 2008 crash of a UW Hospital Med Flight helicopter that killed three people was due to human error and the lack of an on-flight instrument, said NTSB (see report)

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 04-Sep-10

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Kannad and Eurocopter awarded for world’s first aviation distress beacon with integrated antenna and GPS

Kannad and Eurocopter awarded for world’s first aviation distress beacon with integrated antenna and GPS

The joint development by Eurocopter and Kannad of a new-generation emergency distress beacon for helicopters was recognized today with an award presented during a conference of industry managers, entrepreneurs, agencies, and managers in the economic and technology sectors. The trophy was bestowed on Eurocopter, a worldwide leader in the production of helicopters, and Kannad, a… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 04-Sep-10

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NLR to host helicopter safety day

NLR to host helicopter safety day

The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) will host a Helicopter Safety Day in Amsterdam on Friday, 10 September 2010. This day (to be held in Dutch language) will centre on safety improvements in helicopter use. It will also be possible to have a look at the NLR helicopter simulator. The annual number of (avoidable) helicopter accidents… Read more »

Source: NLR, 03-Sep-10

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NTSB concerned over FAA delay in helicopter safety

NTSB concerned over FAA delay in helicopter safety

The board wants the FAA to require EMS helicopter operators to install Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS) on helicopters

Source: JEMS, 02-Sep-10

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HeliHub.com adds Twitter feed for accidents and incidents

HeliHub.com adds Twitter feed for accidents and incidents

HeliHub.com has recently been trialling a second Twitter feed for the accident and incident data provided on the website and is today formally launching this to the industry.  This is the next development in what we already provide by way of accident/incident data, and we believe we have the most comprehensive record available online.  We… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-10

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Spike in medical helicopter crashes elevates safety concerns

Spike in medical helicopter crashes elevates safety concerns

The latest crash happened in central Arkansas Tuesday, killing three – the fourth fatal accident this summer, among those, the LifeNet chopper which crashed down in midtown Tucson, also killing three crew members

Source: Fox 11 Arizona, 02-Sep-10

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Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Sikorsky filed with near $27M lawsuit over Cougar S92 accident

Lawsuit claims almost $27-million for damages and losses from the 2009 tragedy in the North Atlantic

Source: Globe and Mail, 02-Sep-10

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Suspect caught in police helicopter pilot’s shooting

Suspect caught in police helicopter pilot’s shooting

Story refers to event of 04-May-10 at Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico

Source: Caribbean Business, 01-Sep-10

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Police camera falls from helicopter, hits 6 cars

Police camera falls from helicopter, hits 6 cars

Columbus police and federal investigators are trying to determine whether human or mechanical error was to blame when a camera fell from a police helicopter

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 01-Sep-10

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Cougar S92 crash draft report done

Cougar S92 crash draft report done

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board has completed a draft report on its investigation into the crash of Cougar Helicopter’s Flight 491 last year.

Source: CBC, 01-Sep-10

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Laser forces Coast Guard helicopter to land

Laser forces Coast Guard helicopter to land

For the second time this week, someone pointed a laser beam at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, causing the crew to make a precautionary landing.

Source: KTTV Fox 11, 01-Sep-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident of:- MD369E G-VICE at Poundgate, Devon on 24th May 2010

Source: AAIB, 31-Aug-10

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Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

Bereaved Cougar S92 families call for mandatory helmets offshore

The families of two pilots who died in a helicopter crash that killed 17 people off Newfoundland and Labrador last year want improved safety equipment – including mandatory helmet use – for helicopter crews flying offshore workers

Source: Montreal Gazette, 31-Aug-10

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Lasers force 2 Coast Guard helicopters to land at LAX

Lasers force 2 Coast Guard helicopters to land at LAX

Two Coast Guard helicopters were forced to land at Los Angeles International Airport in the last week after being flashed with laser beams

Source: LA Times, 31-Aug-10

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Lasers pointed at two STAT MedEvac helicopters

Lasers pointed at two STAT MedEvac helicopters

The FAA was notified after lasers were pointed at two STAT MedEvac that were flying north of the city

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10241/1083560-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml, 30-Aug-10

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Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation offer discounts to Alaska operators

Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation offer discounts to Alaska operators

Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation have cooperatively agreed to a minimum 25% discount off MSRP for Enhanced Vision Systems to include Max-Viz EVS sensors (100 / 600 / 1500) and fully certified STC installation kits to active members of the Alaska Air Carriers and the Alaska Airmen’s Associations for the remainder of 2010 in response… Read more »

Source: Max-Viz, 26-Aug-10

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Helicopter accident analysis – July 2010

Helicopter accident analysis – July 2010

HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet.  From this month onwards, we will produce montly summary reports, and we will also continue to produce our very comprehensive annual report. Useful Links * Civil Accidents * Military Accidents * Fatal Accidents – both civil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-10

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Ornge S76 targeted by laser beams over Ottawa

Ornge S76 targeted by laser beams over Ottawa

A Sikorsky S76 helicopter belonging to the Ornge transport medicine service was targeted as it was on a flight to the Ottawa Hospital.

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 23-Aug-10

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Medevac industry opposing upgrades wanted by NTSB

Medevac industry opposing upgrades wanted by NTSB

The helicopter air ambulance industry is opposing several key safety upgrades sought by federal accident investigators even as a recent surge in crashes has killed 19 people since September.

Source: USA Today, 20-Aug-10

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Pawan Hans signs MOU With Indian Meteorological Department

Pawan Hans signs MOU With Indian Meteorological Department

Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. (PHHL) and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) have signed an MoU for better synergy between PHHL & IMD for enhanced Safety of Helicopter operations in India. This MoU was signed by R K Tyagi, Chairman and Managing Director Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. and Air Vice Marshal Ajit Tyagi, VSM, Director General,… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 20-Aug-10

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Man facing charges after laser hits Calgary police helicopter

Man facing charges after laser hits Calgary police helicopter

The incident happened late Monday night, as the helicopter flew over the city’s northeast. At about 10:45 p.m., someone projected a bright green beam into the chopper’s cockpit, prompting the pilot to take evasive action.

Source: Calgary Herald, 18-Aug-10

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Aeronautical Accessories promotes safety with Wire Strike Protection System® sale

Aeronautical Accessories promotes safety with Wire Strike Protection System® sale

Aeronautical Accessories, Inc., an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, is offering special incentive pricing on its line of Wire Strike Protection Systems® (WSPS®).  The accessory manufacturer has cable cutting kits available for many helicopter models and is currently offering the MD 500E, 520N, 530FF WSPS kits for a reduced price of $15,995. “At Aeronautical Accessories, we… Read more »

Source: Aeronautical Accessories, 18-Aug-10

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HeliHub.com gallery passes 3,000 images and rising

HeliHub.com gallery passes 3,000 images and rising

HeliHub.com is having great success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 3,000 images added in just a few months. 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 this gallery to provide… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-10

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HAI welcomes new Director of Safety

HAI welcomes new Director of Safety

HAI is pleased to welcome Stan Rose as HAI Director of Safety. Having been involved in the helicopter industry for more than 40 years, Rose brings a wealth of experience to the role. Rose began his career as a U.S. Army pilot in Vietnam, and later attended the Maintenance Officer/Test Pilot Course with the U.S…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Aug-10

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NTSB concludes probe into fatal Rotorway crash

NTSB concludes probe into fatal Rotorway crash

HeliHub.com accident page for this accident is at http://www.helihub.com/2009/06/07/7-jun-09-n162ry-rotorway-exec-162-berlin-us-vermont/

Source: Times Argus, 16-Aug-10

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Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

Man charged after laser shone at Cheshire Police EC135

The laser was directed at the cockpit of Cheshire Constabulary’s aircraft as it flew over Winsford on Wednesday night, police said.

Source: BBC, 16-Aug-10

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Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

Accident on 8th August 2010 was recorded in HeliHub.com safety pages here

Source: Missoulian, 13-Aug-10

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CHC call for Safety & Quality Summit papers

CHC call for Safety & Quality Summit papers

CHC’s Safety & Quality department would like to invite you to submit an abstract to be presented at the 2011 CHC Safety & Quality Summit to be held in the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina Vancouver, Canada from the 28th to the 30th of March 2011. The overall theme of this summit will be: Corporate… Read more »

Source: CHC, 11-Aug-10

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New evidence on causes of two Dhruv crashes; Nasty IAF-HAL spat detailed

New evidence on causes of two Dhruv crashes; Nasty IAF-HAL spat detailed

A new report by India’s national audit watchdog has thrown fresh and damning light on how HAL dealt with a flight control phenomenon that has given its chopper division real nightmares over the last few years — cyclic saturation.

Source: Indian-Military.org, 10-Aug-10

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Chief Minister warns Pawan Hans over frequent technical snags

Chief Minister warns Pawan Hans over frequent technical snags

“This incident cannot be ignored as a stray incident of technical snag. Pawan Hans Company should be told in strong words to maintain adequate safety measures,” said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, adding that the state government might be compelled to call off its arrangement with the helicopter operator

Source: Indian Express, 09-Aug-10

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Tutor ‘let trainee fly helicopter too low before crash’

Tutor ‘let trainee fly helicopter too low before crash’

A HELICOPTER instructor allowed a student to fly too low which ultimately caused the aircraft to crash into power lines before plummeting to the ground in a crash which killed both men, a report into the double tragedy has found.

Source: Irish Independent, 06-Aug-10

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Air Methods AS350 fell 600 feet in 8 seconds before crashing, says NTSB

Air Methods AS350 fell 600 feet in 8 seconds before crashing, says NTSB

NTSB Identification: WPR10FA371 Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Wednesday, July 28, 2010 in Tucson, AZ Aircraft: AMERICAN EUROCOPTER LLC AS350B3, registration: N509AM Injuries: 3 Fatal. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed…. Read more »

Source: NTSB, 05-Aug-10

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Public memorial service scheduled Friday for 3 killed in Tucson crash

Public memorial service scheduled Friday for 3 killed in Tucson crash

Officials with Colorado-based Air Methods, LifeNet Arizona’s parent company, say the 10 a.m. service will be held at the Calvary Chapel’s East Campus.

Source: KDVR, 05-Aug-10

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Helicopter pilot texting moments before crash

Helicopter pilot texting moments before crash

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission today released its report into the death of Morgan Saxton, 31, who was killed while flying his Robinson R22 from Haast to Wanaka on November 1, 2008.

Source: TV NZ, 05-Aug-10

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Charges framed in Indian Bell 412 sabotage attempt

Charges framed in Indian Bell 412 sabotage attempt

Two employees of Air Works which was in charge of the maintenance of the ADA group’s Bell 412 aircraft, have been charged under sections  of both the Indian Penal Code and  the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Civil Aviation Act.

Source: Express India, 03-Aug-10

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UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

UK: One year sentence for person on ground endangering helicopter

A man has been sentenced to a year in prison for endangering the safety of an aircraft when he grabbed a helicopter as it took off

Source: Daily Mail, 03-Aug-10

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Second lawsuit filed over 2008 Maryland State Police accident

Second lawsuit filed over 2008 Maryland State Police accident

The attorney for Kenneth Mallard says he deserves compensation for the death of his wife because of the “negligence of Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers”

Source: Washington Post, 02-Aug-10

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FAA finds Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards

FAA finds Mexico does not meet ICAO safety standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Mexico is not in compliance with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), following an assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. As a result, the United States is downgrading Mexico from a Category 1 to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 31-Jul-10

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Hawkes Bay based Skyline Aviation wins top safety award

Hawkes Bay based Skyline Aviation wins top safety award

Skyline Aviation managing director Mike Toogood was presented with the highest Civil Aviation Award for Safety by the Director of Civil Aviation

Source: Voxy, 30-Jul-10

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Missing Russian helicopter pilot found safe in Darfur

Missing Russian helicopter pilot found safe in Darfur

29 July 2010 – A Russian helicopter pilot missing since the start of the week was found safe late today in southern Darfur, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged Sudanese region confirmed. On Monday, a UNAMID helicopter had picked up three representatives of the rebel group known as the Liberty and Justice… Read more »

Source: United Nations, 30-Jul-10

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Caution for Thames Valley Police laser attack man

Caution for Thames Valley Police laser attack man

A man has been cautioned by police after admitting shining a laser beam at the Thames Valley Police EC135 helicopter.

Source: BBC, 29-Jul-10

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Fatal R22 crash sparks training review in Australia

Fatal R22 crash sparks training review in Australia

ATSB spokesman Ian Sangston says the pilot’s limited helicopter experience may have contributed to the accident, although there was not enough evidence to conclusively identify the cause.

Source: ABC, 29-Jul-10

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Australia finds NH90 engine failure due to compressor blade fracture

Australia finds NH90 engine failure due to compressor blade fracture

Australia has discovered that an engine failure on an NH90 transport helicopter was caused by the compressor blades fracturing after coming into contact with the engine casing.

Source: Flightglobal, 29-Jul-10

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Indiana teen accused of aiming laser at police helicopter

Indiana teen accused of aiming laser at police helicopter

Police have arrested an 18-year-old southern Indiana man accused of aiming a laser pointer at an Indiana State Police helicopter.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 24-Jul-10

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Mustering accident was caused by lunch leftovers

Mustering accident was caused by lunch leftovers

Accident referred to is recorded in HeliHub.com Safety section here

Source: ABC, 23-Jul-10

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Man accused of firing at sheriff’s helicopter indicted

Man accused of firing at sheriff’s helicopter indicted

An Orange County man accused of shooting at a Sheriff’s Office helicopter earlier this year was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, 23-Jul-10

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V-22, Still Seeking a Fix for Engine Grit

V-22, Still Seeking a Fix for Engine Grit

Boeing is still working to improve the V-22 Osprey to keep dust, dirt and other debris out of the tilt-rotor’s engines.

Source: Defense News, 23-Jul-10

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Laser aimed at police helicopter in Virginia; Man charged

Laser aimed at police helicopter in Virginia; Man charged

Michael E. Promisel, 18, was charged after officers on the ground were called to search for the source of the laser allegedly aimed at the helicopter as it passed over Mantua Elementary School on Horner Court shortly before midnight July 15, police said.

Source: Washington Post, 22-Jul-10

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Air traffic controllers blamed for ‘near miss’ on North Sea

Air traffic controllers blamed for ‘near miss’ on North Sea

Crews onboard the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter had told air traffic control they would be carrying out a winching exercise in West Voe, flying at what air traffic controllers “assumed” would be no higher than 100ft.

Source: Press and Journal, 22-Jul-10

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Man points giant spotlight at NYPD helicopter

Man points giant spotlight at NYPD helicopter

Joseph Purdon, 46, has been arrested after he went out into his backyard around 1 a.m. on Thursday, July 1 and shined a huge, “twenty-five million candle power spotlight” at the chopper, according to a police report.

Source: Your Nabe, 22-Jul-10

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FAA clears helicopter pilot accused of disturbing protected birds

FAA clears helicopter pilot accused of disturbing protected birds

Pilot Preston Ewen, who apologized for making a mistake while filming a watercraft advert, committed no violations, according to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.

Source: St Petersburg Times, 21-Jul-10

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