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Helicopter task group states safety aim a year on from North Sea crash

Accident referred to is in HeliHub.com database here – 01-Apr-09 G-REDL Eurocopter AS332 11m E of Peterhead, UK

Source: Press & Journal, 08-Apr-10

Helicopter pilot survived crash, only to drown later: report

Helicopter pilot survived crash, only to drown later: report

Accident referred to occurred 14-Aug-09 C-GTKE Bell B212 between Lillooet and Lytton, Canada – see HeliHub.com data page

Source: Vancouver Sun, 07-Apr-10

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Super Puma’s 16 crash victims remembered one year on

Super Puma’s 16 crash victims remembered one year on

The 16 men who died when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the North Sea have been remembered on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

Source: BBC, 07-Apr-10

Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

Refers to accident of Robinson R22 N3234G at Tahlequah, OK – see HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: Tahlequah Daily Press, 07-Apr-10

HAI’s Operator Safety Award is Open

HAI’s Operator Safety Award is Open

HAI’s Operator Safety Award annually recognizes operating members for safe operations during the previous year. HAI provides one engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion at no cost to first time recipients who qualify. Members who renew their membership to the Operator Safety Award will receive a 2009 year medallion to place on their plaques. Applicants… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Apr-10

Air Evac Lifeteam says it likely turned down fatal flight because of weather

Air Evac Lifeteam says it likely turned down fatal flight because of weather

A spokeswoman says weather concerns prompted her medical transport company to turn down what appears to be the flight that led to a fatal Hospital Wing medical helicopter crash in Brownsville early this morning.

Source: Jackson Sun, 25-Mar-10

UK: Private pilot on night training flight targeted with laser pen

UK: Private pilot on night training flight targeted with laser pen

British JetRanger owner Joel Tobias regularly blogs about flying his JetRanger, and it’s great to read stories written by such an enthusiastic private pilot.  However, as he leads his readers through night training exercises, a sense of alarm was raised in a recent missive:- “there were no emergencies, but we did become involved in a… Read more »

Source: HeilHub.com, 23-Mar-10

Orlando Man Charged With Shooting at Sheriff’s Helicopter

An Orlando man is in jail today on charges he shot at a law enforcement helicopter.

Source: The Ledger, 22-Mar-10

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Pilot error blamed in fatal 2008 Air Angels crash

The National Transportation Safety Board attributed the fatal 2008 crash of an Air Angels medical helicopter in Aurora to the pilot’s “inadequate preflight planning” and flying too low, which caused the copter to strike a radio tower.

Source: Chicago Tribune, 22-Mar-10

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Billionaire NZ liquor baron fatally flew into cloud – report

Billionaire businessman Michael Erceg flew his executive helicopter – and the Dutch businessman who was his passenger – into treetops that he apparently failed to see in time, according to a NZ Civil Aviation Authority report

Source: NZ Herald, 22-Mar-10

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Seven Arizona air ambulances agree to changes

Seven air ambulance companies have agreed to make changes in how pilots communicate with each other as they approach a Flagstaff hospital. The changes come as a result of the June 2008 mid-air collision of two medical helicopters that killed seven over the skies of Flagstaff.

Source: Arizona Daily Star, 22-Mar-10

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CHC Helicopter: World Class Aviation Safety Summit Lands in Vancouver

CHC Helicopter: World Class Aviation Safety Summit Lands in Vancouver

Three weeks after welcoming the world for the Olympic Games, one of the world’s largest flight safety conferences lands in Vancouver on March 22, attracting more than 500 delegates to hear aviation safety experts from all over the world. The CHC Safety and Quality Summit is a non-profit event dedicated entirely to flight safety that… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Mar-10

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HeliFlite Shares Receives Prestigious Argus Platinum Rating

HeliFlite Shares Receives Prestigious Argus Platinum Rating

HeliFlite is honored to announce that it has received the prestigious ARGUS Platinum rating by ARGUS International, Inc., the worldwide leader in performing on-site safety audits for corporate flight departments, charter operators, and commercial airlines. “ARGUS is pleased to include HeliFlite Shares on the exclusive list of ARGUS Platinum rated charter operators,” stated Joe Moeggenberg,… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite Shares, 17-Mar-10

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Second NASA controlled helicopter crash “successful”

Second NASA controlled helicopter crash “successful”

The second crash test of a small lightweight helicopter at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., was a smashing success, literally — just as engineers had predicted. “Three, two, one, release,” said the technician on the loudspeaker at the Landing and Impact Research Facility. With that countdown the helicopter smacked hard into the concrete…. Read more »

Source: NASA, 15-Mar-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Raven G-CDXB at Culter Helipad, Aberdeenshire on 07-Oct-09 Robinson R44 Raven II G-TIMC at Barnsdale Hotel, near Rutland Water, Rutland on 27-Sep-09 Rotorway Executive 162F G-JONG at 1.5 miles East of Bullington Cross on… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Mar-10

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Pilot in fatal helicopter crash had meth in system, records show

Accident being referred to involved Robinson R22 registered N3234G (HeliHub.com data page for this accident)  Press reports at the time showed that the accident date was inconclusive with both 14th and 15th October being quoted by different sources – the wreckage not being found until Friday 16th.

Source: Tulsa World, 12-Mar-10

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SkyTrac Systems Sponsors CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2010

SkyTrac Systems Sponsors CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2010

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2010 CHC Safety and Quality Summit March 22-24 in Vancouver BC. SkyTrac recognizes the importance in contributing to an event that promotes safety in aviation, and is proud to be involved. Steve Fuhr, VP and Director of Business Development and Mike Zelin, Director of International Sales and… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 11-Mar-10

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HAI’s Operator Safety Award is Now Open

HAI’s Operator Safety Award is Now Open

HAI’s Operator Safety Award annually recognizes operating members for safe operations during the previous year. HAI provides one engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion at no cost to first time recipients who qualify. Members who renew their membership to the Operator Safety Award will receive a 2009 year medallion to place on their plaques. Applicants… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Mar-10

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Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

Cougar S92 inquiry renews calls for separate safety agency to oversee Newfoundland offshore

Observers, experts and employees said the crash of Cougar Flight 491 highlighted the need for a separate safety agency to replace an offshore regulator that has the competing tasks of promoting the industry and protecting workers

Source: Canadian Press, 11-Mar-10

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HeliHub.com provides news via Google Buzz for GMail users

HeliHub.com provides news via Google Buzz for GMail users

As part of the continued expansion of HeliHub.com, all of our news articles are now available on the Google Buzz platform.  Seen initially as a cross between Facebook and Twitter, Buzz is fast carving out its own niche in the social networking world.  Google’s launch of Buzz was not without its controversy, but has now… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Mar-10

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AgustaWestland summoned to explain AW119 crash which injured Ugandan President

AgustaWestland summoned to explain AW119 crash which injured Ugandan President

HeliHub.com accident report – click here 07-Mar-10 5X-MAC AgustaWestland AW119 Bugiri, Uganda

Source: Daily Monitor, 10-Mar-10

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HAI Releases New Wire Strike Safety Awareness Video Online

HAI Releases New Wire Strike Safety Awareness Video Online

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has released a new, online aviation wire strike safety awareness video. “Surviving the Wires Environment” is posted as a streaming video on the HAI Web site, and can be viewed for free by HAI members and nonmembers. The video was produced in cooperation with Southern California Edison (SCE) and AEGIS Insurance… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Mar-10

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North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

North Sea Helicopter Traffic Safety Improves with Sensis Wide Area Multilateration

NATS Services is now using Sensis Corporation’s Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland for helicopter flight following. Air traffic controllers are using the WAM surveillance information as a supplement to established procedural flight rules until the WAM system completes testing and regulatory approval for flight information services later this… Read more »

Source: Sensis, 10-Mar-10

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NTSB: AS350 design contributed to fatal April 2008 crash

NTSB: AS350 design contributed to fatal April 2008 crash

Floor-mounted fuel controls on a helicopter that crashed in 2008 near Chickaloon, killing four people and injuring one, contributed to the accident according to a NTSB report released Wednesday

Source: KTUU, 04-Mar-10

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GCAA hosts meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team

GCAA hosts meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team (GCCHST), attended by all helicopter operators in UAE, Qatar and KSA.

Source: Emirates News Agency, 03-Mar-10

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HeliHub.com adds gallery on Flickr for website user photos

HeliHub.com adds gallery on Flickr for website user photos

HeliHub.com continues its expansion with the addition of a gallery on the popular image bank website Flickr.com The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and over time this will become a very valuable resource.  In time, HeliHub.com will utilise this gallery to provide imagery on the website itself… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-10

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Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

Bursary and scholarship program established to remember Cougar Flight 491

A scholarship and bursary program has been established in the memory of the 17 victims of the crash of Cougar Flight 491 off Newfoundland last year.

Source: News 880AM, 02-Mar-10

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Bristow urged to improve training after crash

Bristow urged to improve training after crash

Accident investigators have now made several recommendations for Bristow Helicopters, which is based at Aberdeen Airport.  The incident on November 21, 2006, happened near the Dutch port of Den Helder

Source: Evening Express, 27-Feb-10

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Paramedic to sue over helicopter fall

Paramedic to sue over helicopter fall

A paramedic who may never walk again after a helicopter winch line snapped during a Torres Strait rescue is launching legal action over the accident.

Source: Cairns.com.au, 24-Feb-10

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Eurocopter – Applying innovation for increased flight safety and more eco-friendly helicopters

Eurocopter – Applying innovation for increased flight safety and more eco-friendly helicopters

The Heli-Expo 2010 trade show is spotlighting a range of innovations that will help keep American Eurocopter at the forefront of the U.S. rotary-wing marketplace with helicopters that are even safer and more environmentally friendly. Technologies displayed at Heli-Expo 2010 by parent company Eurocopter (stand #3128) include revolutionary main rotor blade designs that reduce noise… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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AgustaWestland retools tail boom for retrofit on AW139

AgustaWestland retools tail boom for retrofit on AW139

AgustaWestland is assuring customers with helicopters on order that it will deliver them with a newly designed boom starting in April.

Source: AIN, 24-Feb-10

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Pilot fatigue led to fatal mid-air between two R22s

Pilot fatigue led to fatal mid-air between two R22s

The two Robinson R22s were reported in HeliHub.com here:- 05-May-09 VH-PHT Robinson R22 Springvale station north of Halls Creek, Australia (1F) 05-May-09 VH-HCB Robinson R22 Springvale station north of Halls Creek, Australia (1F)

Source: WA Today, 18-Feb-10

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Blade Separation Preceded EC135 Crash

Blade Separation Preceded EC135 Crash

Incident referred to reported in HeliHub.com here 14-Feb-10 N127TS Eurocopter EC135 Cave Creek, US-Arizona (5F)

Source: AIN, 18-Feb-10

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Virginia State Police pilot nominated in All-Star contest

This follows an incident where Aviation Sergeant Don Childs safely landed his Bell 407 after being shot seven times (see HeliHub.com accident report)

Source: America's Most Wanted, 17-Feb-10

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Newfoundland oil firms ordered to have rescue helicopter available

The regulators of Newfoundland’s oil industry have ordered a faster emergency response after the head of an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety made an urgent call for improvement.

Source: Chronicle Herald, 14-Feb-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Robinson R44 Clipper G-DBUG at Welshpool Airport, Powys on 09-Jul-09 Robinson R44 Raven G-EKKO at Swansea Airport on 29-Mar-09

Source: AAIB, 13-Feb-10

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Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters To Clarify Unfounded Allegations Related to Fatal Carson S61 Crash

Columbia Helicopters will hold a press/industry briefing at 10:00 AM Monday, February 22, 2010, regarding certain unfounded allegations related to the crash of a Carson Helicopters’ S-61 in 2008. Members of the media and all interested industry personnel are invited to attend. Columbia Helicopters’ Vice President of Marketing, Todd Petersen, and General Legal Counsel, Tonya… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 12-Feb-10

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Mexico accident rate three times world average – Eurocopter commits to help

Mexico accident rate three times world average – Eurocopter commits to help

Eurocopter’s Serge Durand  said that it is disturbing that while the worldwide helicopter accident rate is 4.5 per 100 thousand flight hours in Mexico is three times greater

Source: La Jornada, 11-Feb-10

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Turkey buzzard ends up on lap of R22 pilot

Turkey buzzard ends up on lap of R22 pilot

Appleton said. “I didn’t even see the impact. I had lost sight of him and I just heard a loud boom, and then there I am flying with a turkey buzzard sitting on my lap, on top of my forearm.”

10-Feb-10

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Bats raise air ambulance safety concerns

Bats raise air ambulance safety concerns

A north Queensland mayor wants a bat colony to be moved away from the Charters Towers Hospital due to concerns about the danger to air traffic.

Source: ABC, 09-Feb-10

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Lawsuit over fatal May 2004 helicopter crash ends

Accident aircraft was Hughes 269A N115ES – NTSB report here

Source: WRAL, 08-Feb-10

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Air Methods Exits Level 1 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods Exits Level 1 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) recently was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it successfully exited Level 1 Safety Management System (SMS) status and is currently working toward achieving Level 2 SMS status. Air Methods believes it is currently the only helicopter air medical operator to participate in the FAA’s SMS voluntary implementation program,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 04-Feb-10

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Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

Cougar executive says offshore S92 crash changed him forever

“The events of March 12th changed my life forever, there´s no doubt about that,” said Burt, who is also a vice-president of Cougar´s parent company, VIH Aviation

Source: Oilweek, 02-Feb-10

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Hairline crack found in Cougar S92

Hairline crack found in Cougar S92

Cougar Helicopters found a single, hairline crack in a main gearbox footing of a Sikorsky S-92A helicopter that flies workers in Newfoundland to and from the offshore oilfields.

Source: Canada.com, 29-Jan-10

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FAA release accident report PRIOR to the occurence date/time

FAA release accident report PRIOR to the occurence date/time

The FAA have got very confused today.  They have put out an accident report stating the date as 29-Jan-10 (today) and the time as 2330 UTC, and it’s not yet 2130 UTC as we file this on HeliHub.com Not only that, the helicopter is unregistered and not intended for flight…  perhaps it’s children’s climbing frame… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-10

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Human error cited in Army helicopter crash in Colorado

HeliHub.com report on this 19-Aug-09 accident is here

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 29-Jan-10

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Medford man convicted of lasering helicopter

A 51-year-old Medford man has been convicted of shining a green laser beam into a Massachusetts State Police helicopter

Source: Boston Globe, 29-Jan-10

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New safety checks ordered on North Sea helicopters

New safety checks ordered on North Sea helicopters

see HeliHub.com Safety Documents page for relevant documentation

Source: STV, 27-Jan-10

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HAI President Attends Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference Meeting

HAI President Attends Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference Meeting

On January 13 and 14, Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro attended a meeting of HAI affiliate, the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC), in New Orleans. The first day of the meeting involved HSAC committee work sessions addressing such issues as flight following/ADS-B implementation, HSAC-recommended safety procedures, and maintenance technologies. The second day consisted… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Jan-10

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Helicopter wreckage located off the coast of Almería

Helicopter wreckage located off the coast of Almería

HeliHub.com page for this accident can be found here

Source: Typically Spanish, 25-Jan-10

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Helicopter Pilots – the Final Safety Gate

Helicopter Pilots – the Final Safety Gate

Generally, accidents are not the result of any one single event, but the product of several. My view is that every flight must pass through several gates in sequential order for the accident to happen — the final gate being the pilot. Logically, we as pilots have the final opportunity to prevent an accident. A… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Jan-10

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Pilot error caused death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister

Pilot error caused death of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister

The helicopter crash which claimed the life of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S R Reddy was caused by pilots’ error who lost the chopper’s control and were engrossed for vital six minutes trying to locate a flight manual HeliHub.com page for this accident is here

Source: Outlook India, 21-Jan-10

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HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award

HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 AgustaWestland Safety Award recipient, Terry Palmer; Manager of Rotorcraft Programs, Flight Safety International, Dallas, Texas. Terry Palmer’s impressive aviation career began when she served on the airport board in Mesquite, Texas while obtaining her initial pilot ratings. Soon after, in 1989, she opened an FAA Part 141 Flight… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Jan-10

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HeliHub.com Data Analysis – Review of fatal helicopter accidents in 2009

HeliHub.com Data Analysis – Review of fatal helicopter accidents in 2009

HeliHub.com Data Analysis – definitive and reliable reviews on key aspects of the global helicopter industry. We are launching this new series of articles with a statistical review of fatal helicopter accidents in 2009.  HeliHub.com maintains an ongoing review of helicopter accidents throughout the year – see our Helicopter Accident page. Our review of fatal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jan-10

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2010

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released.  This month’s issue covers the accidents of:- Agusta A109A II, G-ELTE – at Redhill Aerodrome, Surry on 02-May-08 Eurocopter EC135 T1, G-CCAU – at Hindlip Hall, Hindlip, Worcestershire on 04-Dec-08

Source: AAIB, 18-Jan-10

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UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

UK introduces new law to tackle aircraft laser crime

A new law that makes shining a light or laser at an aircraft a specific criminal offence has been introduced. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which initiated the new law, said it was in response to the growing number of incidents involving laser devices being shone at airliners and helicopters near British airports

Source: CAA, 18-Jan-10

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Settlement Reached in “The Final Season” Helicopter Crash Lawsuit

Accident involved Bell 206 N2877F on June 30, 2006

Source: KCRG, 18-Jan-10

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US Navy Develops Threat Warning System for Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Source: Defence Industry Daily, 16-Jan-10

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Bond North Sea AS332 crash families aid 11 charities

Bond North Sea AS332 crash families aid 11 charities

More than £300,000 raised in memory of the 16 men killed in a Super Puma helicopter crash in the North Sea last year is to be distributed to 11 charities chosen by the bereaved families. Funds have also been set aside for a “symbol of remembrance” in a public garden in Aberdeen

Source: Scotsman, 15-Jan-10

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Pilot in Meath helicopter crash admits error of judgment

Pilot in Meath helicopter crash admits error of judgment

Accident was on 18-Sep-08 at Bettystown, County Meath, and involved S76B registered N399BH

Source: Irish Times, 15-Jan-10

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Helicopter surveillance could save lives in avalanche

Helicopter surveillance could save lives in avalanche

Search-and-rescue officials along the Wasatch Front hope long-range helicopter avalanche-beacon-receiver technology and training will get them to the victim before it happens.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 12-Jan-10

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Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil companies testify in Cougar S92 inquiry

Oil company executives at an offshore helicopter inquiry said safety is their top priority — even as a lawyer representing workers pushed to question them on why it took nine years to introduce underwater breathing devices onboard.

Source: Toronto Sun, 12-Jan-10

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2009 bird strikes may exceed 10,000 – a first

2009 bird strikes may exceed 10,000 – a first

Reports of airplanes hitting birds and other wildlife have soared in the year since a stricken US Airways jet landed in New York’s Hudson River, and the government’s tally for last year could reach or even exceed 10,000 for the first time.

Source: ABC, 12-Jan-10

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Gulf of Mexico controllers start to use ADS-B technology

Gulf of Mexico controllers start to use ADS-B technology

WASHINGTON — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that Houston air traffic controllers are beginning to use an improved satellite-based system – Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) — to more efficiently and safely separate and manage aircraft flying over the Gulf of Mexico. “Safety is our highest priority at the U.S. Department of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Jan-10

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FAA issues unapproved parts notification – UH-1H high skid tubes from Isolair

FAA issues unapproved parts notification – UH-1H high skid tubes from Isolair

No.: 2010 – 20080616008 Date: January 11, 2010 AFFECTED PRODUCTS: High Cross Tubes, Part number 9002 installed on UH-1H model helicopters

11-Jan-10

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PHi S76 flight recorder reveals pilot’s last words in Jan-09 accident

PHi S76 flight recorder reveals pilot’s last words in Jan-09 accident

Refers to accident 04-Jan-2009 – HeliHub record of the accident is here.

Source: Daily Comet, 08-Jan-10

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USFS Safety Bulletin: Accident Prevention and Medications, Flying & Fitness

USFS Safety Bulletin: Accident Prevention and Medications, Flying & Fitness

Subject: Medications, Flying, and Fitness Area of Concern: All Aviation Activities Distribution: All Aviation Users

Source: USFS, 07-Jan-10

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NLR tackles helicopter brownouts

NLR tackles helicopter brownouts

Due to blowing sand, a helicopter pilot’s in-flight visibility can be severely restricted during landings in deserts. At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) has recently started working on finding solutions to support pilots during these precarious desert landings. Missions in Afghanistan and Iraq have made the issue… Read more »

Source: NLR, 07-Jan-10

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Swiss Air Ambulance doctor killed by avalanche during rescue mission

Swiss Air Ambulance doctor killed by avalanche during rescue mission

On Sunday, a crew member of a REGA Swiss Air Ambulance helicopter was sadly killed while performing his job.  Rega is extremely sad and condolences to the relatives of the deceased doctor and the relatives of the two who were killed also their heartfelt condolences. Rega had been called to an avalanche in Diemtigtal in… Read more »

Source: REGA press release translated and lightly edited., 06-Jan-10

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Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

Sikorsky settles Cougar S-92 lawsuit

The families of passengers who died in the crash of a Sikorsky helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland last year, as well as the sole survivor of the tragedy, have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S. company.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 06-Jan-10

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FAA Launches New Safety Management System Resource

FAA Launches New Safety Management System Resource

What is a Safety Management System (SMS)? SMS is the formal, top-down business approach to managing safety risk, which includes a systemic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. (Order VS 8000.367) Welcome to the Aviation Safety Organization’s Safety Management System Website! This website was created as a public… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Jan-10

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Helicopter industry website HeliHub.com sold to Jeremy Parkin

Helicopter industry website HeliHub.com sold to Jeremy Parkin

01-Jan-10 Weybridge, UK – We are pleased to announce that HeliHub.com has a new owner – Jeremy Parkin, based in the UK.  Mr Parkin acquired all rights to the website from a private investor for an undisclosed sum, and management of all aspects of the site is moved from Florida to the UK with immediate… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-10

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Chopper pilot smoked dope before September 2007 crash

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation said the drug caused “impaired performance of complex tasks such as flying”.  The chopper was also overloaded.

Source: NT News, 23-Dec-09

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Defense Holdings Demonstrates AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Aviation Safety Paint On a VA Police Helicopter

Defense Holdings Demonstrates AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Aviation Safety Paint On a VA Police Helicopter

Defense Holdings is demonstrating its revolutionary, patented AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent (PL) Aviation Safety Paint on the main and tail rotor blades of a Bell Helicopter Textron Model 407 helicopter belonging to the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Aviation Division. Sections of the rotor blades were painted in October 2009.

Source: Rotornews, 16-Dec-09

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Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

In a big relief to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, pilot error was found to have caused the crash of the defence PSU’s Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) “Dhruv” in Ecuador in October

Source: Press Trust of India, 15-Dec-09

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