Christopher Jermaine Jones (DOB 6/5/87) pled guilty today to 35 counts of aggravated assault, vehicular theft, unlawful flight, leaving the scene of an accident, endangerment, criminal trespass, and criminal damage.Â The charges stem from a July 2007 incident in which Jones stole two vehicles and fled police, ultimately resulting in a high-speed chase.Â Jones was… Read more »
Greater efficiency and improved situational awareness – that’s what ADS-B promises to provide for aircraft operating in the national airspace system (NAS). With several airport areas already operating with ADS-B capability, as well as a recently published rule on performance requirements, those objectives are becoming a reality. What do these changes mean to general aviation,… Read more »
Following a comprehensive fleet inspection and airworthiness review of Sky Shuttle Helicopters and East Asia Airlines Limited’s AW 139 helicopters and operations, the civil aviation authorities of Hong Kong and Macau have approved the resumption of all commercial flight services effective tomorrow (7 July). In demonstrating its continued and full confidence in the helicopter type,… Read more »
A man who shone a high-powered lamp at a police helicopter could face prison.Â Michael Kevin Renney was accused of twice shining the light into the skies, hitting the cockpit of the Cleveland Police aircraft.
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has released an information bulletin regarding latitude/longitude coordinates – focusing on potential confusion between latlong coordinates in degrees and minutes when the aircraft GPS is configured to use degrees and tenths. PleaseÂ click here to read their Information Bulletin FS 10-02
A significant proportion of all occurrences reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) involve aircraft striking wildlife, especially birds. This report provides aviation birdstrike and animal strike occurrence data for the period 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2009. It also describes the results of an ATSB survey of aerodromes concerning current wildlife control… Read more »
NZ CAA has sent a letter to all helicopter operators and trusts that explicitly warns that they have until the end of August to bring their operations into line with the rulesÂ or cease their operations.
The 16-year-old, from Cheltenham, was arrested in Crabtree Place at 2.45am on Tuesday on suspicion of shining a light at an aircraft so as to dazzle or distract a pilot. He was given a formal reprimand after admitting the offence.
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29-Jun-10
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued correcting amendments to a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2010 and became effective March 8, 2010. The final rule required the reporting of certain runway incursions, but did not specify that helicopters are exempt from one of the provisions and… Read more »
Representing the helicopter operating sector at the signing were HAI president Matt Zuccaro, HAI’s chairman Mark Gibson, the British Helicopter Association’s chairman Brian Humphries, and the chairman of the EHA Dr Vittorio Morassi.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€” Todayâ€™s story by the Associated Press contains a number of inaccuracies with regard to the governmentâ€™s oversight of flyovers in and around the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Since May 28th, the FAA has approved every request to fly over the area â€“ more than 176 requests. While the temporary… Read more »
The rotor mast was fractured in two places — up high, several inches below the rotor hub, and farther down, just above the transmission.Â Investigator Tom Latson declined to offer possible explanations for the mast to have fractured in such a way, but noted that the tailboom, which was also found intact and 400 feet… Read more »
June 15, 2010 Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter has announced that the deadline to apply for the fourth annual Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award has been extended until June 21, 2010. This prestigious award aims to promote aviation safety within the air medical community and American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the… Read more »
Great North Air Ambulance, which sent two AS365s, confirmed that police at Whitehaven requested them to wait on the ground.Â When aircraft were permitted to fly to three of the shooting scenes, the injured victims had already been driven to hospital by, it is believed, members of the public.
Paul Cavenaugh, a popular broadcaster who spent decades warning motorists of impeding traffic snarls, has won an undisclosed amount of money from the firm that owned a helicopter that crashed in 2008, leaving him in constant back pain.Â (NTSB report for N281CB)
The president, Edgar SÃ¡nchez Navarro, announced that the Bell 260 type helicopter owned by the Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl no longer fly over the streets of the town as its technical conditions do not guarantee safety for the crew of the ship to the locals. [file photo]
Analog Devicesâ€™ iMEMS gyroscope technology will be used for a new aircraft flight safety and training tool developed by Appareo Systems, a company that makes light weight flight data recorders and 3-D flight analysis software. In an international push to improve helicopter safety, the ALERTS (Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety) Vision… Read more »
Special Ops unit members Gary Linfoot and Gregory Cooper were flying the helicopter south of Baghdad when its main rotor driveshaft failed and the aircraft crashed, according to a complaint filed in Wilmington, Delaware.
The National Transportation Safety Board has developed a five-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation that will be delivered at its training center near Washington in August. The course, which has been in development for more than a year, was designed to provide investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to an… Read more »
HeliHub.com is having great success with its â€œGalleryâ€ feature, recording over 2,000 images added in two and a half 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.Â HeliHub.com plans to utilise this gallery to… Read more »
Federal authorities issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a man they say fired at a Puerto Rico police helicopter and injured two people, one of whom later died.Â (See HeliHub.com accident page here)
Making air and critical care ground medical transport as safe as possible through a systemic, scientific approach is the primary aim of a new Safety Management Training Academy being launched this summer by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). The five-day AAMS Safety Management Training Academy is set for June 13-17, 2010, at Oglebay… Read more »
Specialist personnel from the European engine manufacturer (Turbomeca and Rolls Royce have been brought to Australia to assist with the ongoing investigation into a technical incident with an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Multi Role Helicopter (MRH90) last month. The helicopter suffered an engine failure in one of its two main engines on 20 April 2010,… Read more »
In its inquiry report submitted to the state government, the agency said the crash was an “accident” which could have been averted if the pilots had terminated the journey or changed the flight path in view of adverse weather conditionsÂ – see HeliHub accident data – 2-Sep-09 VT-APG Bell B430 46 miles east of Kurnool,… Read more »
It was with a tremendous sense of pride that Royal Marines and Royal Naval personnel of the Commando Helicopter Force were presented with the Fleet Air Armâ€™s Bambara Flight Safety Trophy for 2009 from Rear Admiral T Cunningham Chief of Staff Aviation. This coveted prize is awarded annually to the Fleet Air Arm unit that… Read more »
A helicopter crash that killed five people north of Phoenix in February was caused by a rotor blade that came apart in midair, according to a lawsuit filed by the pilot’s family. The accident aircraft was N127TS – see HeliHub safety data page
The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This monthâ€™s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R22 Beta, G-TOMM at Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey on 12-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Astro, G-WEMS at Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire oin 15-Nov-09
ARGUS International, Inc (ARGUS) is pleased to welcome Air Taurus, a Ukrainian helicopter operator, as a new PRISM SMS subscriber. Air Taurus is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AYR Group. PRISM (Professional Resources in System Management), a wholly owned subsidiary of ARGUS, was introduced last year as the ultimate solution for operators seeking to develop or… Read more »
Driven by a desire to increase helicopter safety by promoting best practice and cooperation in the design, support and operation of Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM), a new organization has formed to bring all aspects of the industry together â€“ the Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group. The Global HFDM Steering Group was formed… Read more »
One of the main issues related to air medical safety, Dr. Bledsoe said, relates to the lack of regulation in the US.Â “The helicopter industry can’t be touched because it falls under the Airline Deregulation Act, so states cannot really regulate medical helicopters,” he said.
HAIâ€™s Safety Committee is looking for new members to join its ranks. The primary objective of the Safety Committee is to improve hazard and risk identification, assessment, and mitigation, with the result of eliminating fatalities, accidents, and incidents in the helicopter industry. It also seeks to advise, educate, and consult with HAI members and the… Read more »
Grand Prairie, Texas â€“ American Eurocopter announced today that it has appointed the 2010 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee. The members of this committee will be responsible for evaluating the applications and determining the winner of the prestigious Vision Zero Aviation Safety award, which was established by American Eurocopter with the purpose… Read more »
The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) has joined with Alertness Solutions of Cupertino, California to serve as the exclusive distributor of the Z-Coach fatigue management program to members of the 24/7 nation-wide air medical transport community. Z-Coach is an innovative, comprehensive, internet-based program that provides individuals with knowledge, strategies, and tools to enhance safety and… Read more »
The attorney for flight paramedic Mickey Lippy’s family said Wednesday that his wife and young daughter deserve restitution for the “negligent acts” of FAA air traffic controllers – who are claimed to have provided outdated weather information
GE Aviation recently announced the launch of the first proven web-based health and usage monitoring system utilizing GE Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology. The system is introduced with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, on the AW139 to further enhance its global Customer Support Services. “This application of our Advanced Anomaly Detection technology brings about one of… Read more »
At the recent HAC Convention and Trade Show, outgoing committee chair Robert Gallagher and incoming chair Corey Taylor presented the final draft of the Land Seismic Industry Best Practices on schedule, standards that will now be put to the HAC board of directors for sector-wide adoption. Developed in conjunction with key oil and gas producer… Read more »
From the “HAI President’s Message” series…. As you are aware, safety is my favorite topic, as I believe it ultimately affects everything we do in our industry â€” both in the present and for the future. With this in mind, you would think all owner/operators would have a laser focus on this issue, making it… Read more »
As part of the package provided, the Nigerian Navy is to train to the university level, the children of Lt. Commodore Ahmed Tijani Yusuf and Lt Commodore Mailafia Ibrahim, Pilot and Co-Pilot of Nigerian Navy Agusta reconnaissance helicopter
Monday was a sad day for French helicopter manufacturer Guimbal as they recorded the first accident of one of their Cabri G2 two-seatersÂ at SÃ¶llingen Airport in Germany.Â More details here – the two occupants were not injured at all. HeliHub.com has a very extensive Safety data section, often picking up data on accidents not… Read more »
Administrators are slated to meet Friday to discuss whether to replace the older chopper with a newer model, in addition to replacing the totaled aircraft, which is covered by a $5.4 million insurance policy, after a $25,000 deductible.
The computer fell in the alley behind a home three blocks and across the Mississippi River from St. Cloud Hospital.Â Hospital officials said Life Link III had just landed with a patient and was leaving the helipad when the crew’s computer was left on the helicopter’s skid.
Last Friday 9th April was a very significant first for Bristow. The first commercial flight of a helicopter with the collision avoidance system TCAS-II installed. This safety system, which has been standard on fixed wing aircraft for years, was proven to work on helicopters by an Aberdeen and Redhill based team, and has now been… Read more »
New Jersey Air National Guard helicopter pilots have helped Camden police with day and nighttime patrols for the last eight months or so on a “routine basis,” Police Chief Scott Thomson said Tuesday night.