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Driver in police chase connected to fatal TV helicopter crash pleads guilty on 35 counts

Driver in police chase connected to fatal TV helicopter crash pleads guilty on 35 counts

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.  The charges stem from a July 2007 incident in which Jones stole two vehicles and fled police, ultimately resulting in a high-speed chase.  Jones was… Read more »

Source: Romiley, 20-Jul-10

FAA: Not liable in Medevac crash

FAA: Not liable in Medevac crash

FAA officials say they aren’t liable for injuries suffered by the sole survivor of a 2008 Maryland Medevac crash in which air traffic controllers provided outdated weather information.

Source: Washington Post, 20-Jul-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 20-Jul-10

Eurocopter blames Australian NH90 pilots for engine failure

Eurocopter blames Australian NH90 pilots for engine failure

Eurocopter chief executive Lutz Bertling said the root cause of the problem was pilots not following “correct procedures” for a so-called “hot” engine start.

Source: Herald Sun, 20-Jul-10

FAA urges everyone to get ready for ADS-B

FAA urges everyone to get ready for ADS-B

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 »

Source: FAA, 14-Jul-10

Sky Shuttle resumes AW139 ops from Hong Kong to Macau

Sky Shuttle resumes AW139 ops from Hong Kong to Macau

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 »

Source: Sky Shuttle Helicopters, 07-Jul-10

Transport Canada closes helipad at Invermere and District hospital

Transport Canada closes helipad at Invermere and District hospital

Helipad “failed the inspection”.  The local mayor says that required  upgrades will be very expensive and include things such as burying hydro lines and moving oxygen tanks at the hospital.

Source: Invermere Valley Echo, 07-Jul-10

Fairfax man accused of shining son’s laser at police helicopter

Fairfax man accused of shining son’s laser at police helicopter

A grand jury is expected to decide whether Raymond Jeffrey Poli should stand trial.

Source: NBC Washington, 07-Jul-10

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British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

A man who shone a high-powered lamp at a police helicopter could face prison.  Michael Kevin Renney was accused of twice shining the light into the skies, hitting the cockpit of the Cleveland Police aircraft.

Source: Gazette Live, 06-Jul-10

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Botched takeoff blamed for Temecula R44 crash

Botched takeoff blamed for Temecula R44 crash

Refers to accident 06-Apr-10 N688SS Robinson R44 Temecula, US-California (see HeliHub.com page for this accident)

Source: Press-Enterprise, 06-Jul-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 06-Jul-10

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US Forest Service alerts pilots on LatLong coordinates

US Forest Service alerts pilots on LatLong coordinates

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. Please click here to read their Information Bulletin FS 10-02

Source: US Forest Service, 30-Jun-10

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Australian aviation statistics: Bird and animal strikes 2002 to 2009

Australian aviation statistics: Bird and animal strikes 2002 to 2009

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 »

Source: ATSB, 30-Jun-10

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NZ: Taranaki Community Rescue must keep AW119 away from hospital

NZ: Taranaki Community Rescue must keep AW119 away from hospital

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 rules  or cease their operations.

Source: Stuff, 30-Jun-10

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South African man arrested for shining laser pen at helicopter

South African man arrested for shining laser pen at helicopter

A Durban man has been arrested for shining a laser light at a helicopter, blinding the pilot while he was patrolling the beach on Saturday.

Source: IOL, 30-Jun-10

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Ocean helicopter crash caused by cracked engine case

Ocean helicopter crash caused by cracked engine case

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau examined the Bell 407 chopper that was carrying seven people when it left luxury cruise ship True North and crashed into Talbot Bay in September 2008

Source: WA Today, 30-Jun-10

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Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

Northern Ireland drug addict dazzled police pilot with laser

A man who admitted shining a laser pen into the eyes of a police helicopter pilot 2,000 ft over Derry forcing him to take evasive action has been put on probabtion for 18 months

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 30-Jun-10

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Baron blamed for helicopter crash

Baron blamed for helicopter crash

Accident involved Eurocopter EC130 registered M-BOAT – see HeliHub.com accident page here

Source: Press & Journal, 30-Jun-10

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UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

UK teenager cautioned for shining laser pen at police helicopter

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.

Source: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 29-Jun-10

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Alberta man who pointed laser beam at police helicopter convicted

Alberta man who pointed laser beam at police helicopter convicted

Alvin Vargas Bautista had testified during the trial that he was trying to fix his young son’s toy laser while waiting for his wife outside a friend’s apartment building near Millbourne Mall.

Source: Vancouver Sun, 25-Jun-10

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NTSB confirm helicopter exemption from reporting runway incursions

NTSB confirm helicopter exemption from reporting runway incursions

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 »

Source: NTSB, 24-Jun-10

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Children paid $5.6M settlement after mother killed in 2008 Indiana crash

Children paid $5.6M settlement after mother killed in 2008 Indiana crash

Two children will be paid $5.6 million following a settlement following the death of their mother when a medical helicopter she was in crashed in a rural area in Indiana in 2008.

Source: Arizona Accident Info, 21-Jun-10

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Helicopter sector signs up to business aviation safety standards

Helicopter sector signs up to business aviation safety standards

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.

Source: Flightglobal, 21-Jun-10

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FAA responds to Gulf of Mexico story about Temporary Flight Restrictions

FAA responds to Gulf of Mexico story about Temporary Flight Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s story by the Associated Press contains a number of inaccuracies with regard to the government’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 – more than 176 requests. While the temporary… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Jun-10

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CareFlite 222 crash evidence points to mechanical failure

CareFlite 222 crash evidence points to mechanical failure

The rotor mast was fractured in two places — up high, several inches below the rotor hub, and farther down, just above the transmission.  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 »

Source: Star Telegram, 17-Jun-10

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American Eurocopter extends deadline for Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award applications

American Eurocopter extends deadline for Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award applications

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 »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jun-10

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RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

RAF Chinook pilot tells how his helmet saved his life

Now that the Ministry of Defence has lifted its embargo, the helmet has been returned to him and he has given the BBC his first broadcast interview.

Source: BBC, 09-Jun-10

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Almost 40% of Canadian offshore workers would prefer not to fly to work

Almost 40% of Canadian offshore workers would prefer not to fly to work

Almost 40 per cent of the people working in the offshore oil industry east of Newfoundland would prefer not to use helicopters to go to work, a new survey has found.

Source: CBC, 04-Jun-10

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UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

UK shootings: Helicopter delay over safety fears may have cost lives

Great North Air Ambulance, which sent two AS365s, confirmed that police at Whitehaven requested them to wait on the ground.  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.

Source: Guardian, 04-Jun-10

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Traffic reporter wins undisclosed damages following B206 crash in November 2008

Traffic reporter wins undisclosed damages following B206 crash in November 2008

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.  (NTSB report for N281CB)

Source: Palm Beach Post, 03-Jun-10

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Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

The president, Edgar Sánchez 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]

Source: ToDoTeotihuacan, 03-Jun-10

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Analog Devices’ gyroscope technology used to improve helicopter flight safety

Analog Devices’ gyroscope technology used to improve helicopter flight safety

Analog Devices’ 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 »

Source: Analog Devices, 03-Jun-10

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Philippines CAA makes Robinson safety course mandatory

Philippines CAA makes Robinson safety course mandatory

Pilots rated to fly Robinson R-44 and R22 helicopters will be required to undergo a Safety Awareness Seminar on June 7th

Source: Manila Bulletin, 03-Jun-10

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Helicopter pilot survived crash, only to drown later: report

Helicopter pilot survived crash, only to drown later: report

Company responds to 2009 death by requiring life-jackets for helicopter pilots on firefighting bucket duty

Source: Vancouver Sun, 03-Jun-10

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Turbine fatigue cited in May 2008 California AS350D crash

Turbine fatigue cited in May 2008 California AS350D crash

The NTSB said evidence of fatigue cracking was found during examination of four fractured turbine blades from the Honeywell Aerospace engine that powered the AS350-D

Source: Mercury News, 02-Jun-10

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Indiana helicopter crash lawsuit settled for $5.6M

Indiana helicopter crash lawsuit settled for $5.6M

The NTSB found the main rotor blade broke apart just after takeoff.  Hendricks County probate judge approved the settlement with defendant Bell  on Wednesday.

01-Jun-10

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New UK Government initiates review of 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash

New UK Government initiates review of 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash

The new Defence Secretary Liam Fox told the Commons an independent review of the evidence surrounding the crash had been promised when the Conservative Party were in opposition.

Source: Loughborough Echo, 28-May-10

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NZ coroner advocates use of Flight Tracking Devices

NZ coroner advocates use of Flight Tracking Devices

New Zealand CAA also said it supported and encouraged the use of FTD technology as a complimentary device to the ELT system.

Source: NZ Herald, 28-May-10

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DynCorp sued for $10M by injured US Army helicopter pilots

DynCorp sued for $10M by injured US Army helicopter pilots

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.

Source: Bloomberg Business Week, 28-May-10

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Three employees of Azur Helicopter indicted for manslaughter

Three employees of Azur Helicopter indicted for manslaughter

Situation follows investigation into a fatal accident as reported in HeliHub.com – 20-Jun-09 F-GTRF Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Cordon, France

Source: Le Progres, 26-May-10

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NTSB offers rotorcraft accident investigation course

NTSB offers rotorcraft accident investigation course

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 »

Source: NTSB, 25-May-10

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HeliHub.com gallery passes 2,000 images, and still rising

HeliHub.com gallery passes 2,000 images, and still rising

HeliHub.com is having great success with its “Gallery” 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.  HeliHub.com plans to utilise this gallery to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-10

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Puerto Rico seeks suspect in fatal police helicopter shooting

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.  (See HeliHub.com accident page here)

Source: Taiwan News, 19-May-10

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AAMS Launches Safety Management Training Academy

AAMS Launches Safety Management Training Academy

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 »

Source: AAMS, 19-May-10

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Australia grounds NH90 after engine failure

Australia grounds NH90 after engine failure

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 »

Source: Australian Dept of Defence, 19-May-10

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Philippines grounds all Robinsons

Philippines grounds all Robinsons

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sgrounded 33 R44s and 18 R22s following a fatal R44 accident which killed the four occupants and a fifth person on the ground.

Source: ABS-CBN, 19-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109E, G-TYCN at Blandford Forum, Dorset on 18th January 2010

Source: AAIB, 18-May-10

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Vandals target Merseyside Police helicopter in sabotage attempt

Vandals target Merseyside Police helicopter in sabotage attempt

A police spokesperson confirmed that four intruders gained access to the RAF Woodvale compound at around 4am, and were able to cause minor damage to the aircraft

Source: Liverpool Echo, 18-May-10

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Sabotage ruled out in Sept-09 Andhra Pradesh chief minister crash

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 conditions  – see HeliHub accident data – 2-Sep-09 VT-APG Bell B430 46 miles east of Kurnool,… Read more »

Source: Times of India, 18-May-10

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NTSB: turbine failure led to fatal California helicopter crash

NTSB: turbine failure led to fatal California helicopter crash

Cracked turbine blades on a Honeywell LTS101-600A turboshaft engine preceded the May 2008 fatal crash of a single-engined EurocopterAS350 on Santa Catalina Island [file photo]

Source: Flightglobal, 14-May-10

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UK: Safety Trophy For Commando Helicopter Force

UK: Safety Trophy For Commando Helicopter Force

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 Arm’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 »

Source: Royal Navy, 14-May-10

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Teenager charged after shining laser pen at UK police helicopter

The crew were able to pinpointed the source of the laser and guided a ground unit to an address in Easington Lane, where a 17-year-old male was arrested.

Source: Northern Echo, 14-May-10

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Pilot’s family files suit over fatal Arizona EC135 crash

Pilot’s family files suit over fatal Arizona EC135 crash

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

Source: Seattle Times, 14-May-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’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

Source: AAIB, 11-May-10

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Ukraine: Air Taurus selects Argus Prism as SMS Solution

Ukraine: Air Taurus selects Argus Prism as SMS Solution

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 »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-May-10

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Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group Formed

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 – the Global Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Steering Group. The Global HFDM Steering Group was formed… Read more »

Source: Global HFDM, 07-May-10

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Medical helicopter industry ‘out of control,’ conference told

Medical helicopter industry ‘out of control,’ conference told

One of the main issues related to air medical safety, Dr. Bledsoe said, relates to the lack of regulation in the US.  “The helicopter industry can’t be touched because it falls under the Airline Deregulation Act, so states cannot really regulate medical helicopters,” he said.

06-May-10

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HAI Safety Committee Looking for New Members

HAI Safety Committee Looking for New Members

HAI’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 »

Source: HAI, 06-May-10

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Crack ‘painted over’ on crash helicopter

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation found the main cause of the crash was a cracked clutch shaft. Mr Mulligan said it appeared an inappropriate product was painted over the crack.

Source: Yahoo, 06-May-10

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American Eurocopter Appoints 2010 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee

American Eurocopter Appoints 2010 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee

Grand Prairie, Texas – 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 »

Source: American Eurocopter, 05-May-10

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Sacramento teens accused of aiming lasers at police helicopter

The helicopter was helping on a robbery search in the south Sacramento area on Friday night when witnesses reported seeing people on the roof of a middle school.

Source: Nercury News, 04-May-10

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NEMSPA to distribute sleep and fatigue management program

NEMSPA to distribute sleep and fatigue management program

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 »

Source: NEMSPA, 04-May-10

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Maryland paramedic’s family sues federal government for $15M

Maryland paramedic’s family sues federal government for $15M

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

30-Apr-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

Cougar S92 inquiry chair calls for more safety progress

“Progress may not be as fast as some people might like — and perhaps I might like,” said commissioner Robert Wells in an interview.  “But you know, in fairness, they are making progress.”

Source: CTV, 30-Apr-10

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NTSB: Pilot of plane had mere seconds to see rising helicopter in NYC air-to-air

The pilot of a small plane that collided with a sightseeing helicopter over New York’s Hudson River last summer had scant seconds to see the helicopter as it rose to his altitude

Source: CNN, 30-Apr-10

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GE Announces Industry’s First Proven Web-based HUMS utilizing Advanced Anomaly Detection technology

GE Announces Industry’s First Proven Web-based HUMS utilizing Advanced Anomaly Detection technology

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 »

Source: GE Aviation, 23-Apr-10

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HAC sets best practices for oil and gas operations

HAC sets best practices for oil and gas operations

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 »

Source: HAC, 23-Apr-10

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HAI “Safety — Where Do the Owner/Operators and Their Management Team Fit In?”

HAI “Safety — Where Do the Owner/Operators and Their Management Team Fit In?”

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 — 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 »

Source: HAI, 22-Apr-10

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Nigerian Navy provides for families of pair killed in January AW109 crash

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

Source: This Day, 21-Apr-10

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First accident of a Guimbal Cabri G2

First accident of a Guimbal Cabri G2

Monday was a sad day for French helicopter manufacturer Guimbal as they recorded the first accident of one of their Cabri G2 two-seaters  at Söllingen Airport in Germany.  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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Apr-10

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Eight months after accident, Lee County ponders replacing lost EC145

Eight months after accident, Lee County ponders replacing lost EC145

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.

Source: News Press, 20-Apr-10

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Laptop falls from medical helicopter

Laptop falls from medical helicopter

The computer fell in the alley behind a home three blocks and across the Mississippi River from St. Cloud Hospital.  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.

Source: WCCO, 20-Apr-10

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Major Bristow Safety Initiative with TCAS-II

Major Bristow Safety Initiative with TCAS-II

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 »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 16-Apr-10

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Camden man arrested for shining laser pointer at New Jersey ANG helicopter

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.

Source: Philadelphia Enquirer, 15-Apr-10

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Winter Park man arrested for pointing laser at Orange County sheriff’s helicopter

A Winter Park owner of a security company is facing a list of charges after allegedly shining a laser into the cockpit of an Orange County Sheriff’s helicopter.

Source: WDBO, 15-Apr-10

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