A HELICOPTER pilot who landed his aircraft on the roof of a shopping centre to collect a set of keys has been given a six-month suspended sentence and fined â‚¬5,000. The judge said the man seemed to lack a grasp of common sense.
Member for Hinchinbrook, Andrew Cripps, has demanded answers from Health Minister Paul Lucas after concerns were raised the helipad at the Ingham Hospital still does not meet design specifications and Queensland Health will not let helicopters land on it.
Transport Canada has shut down the helicopter landing facility at Cowichan District Hospital.Â On Nov. 18 the agency closed the helipad due to concerns about trees on a neighbouring property posing a safety hazard to the air ambulances.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether an area helicopter company violated federal regulations by circling around the Baylor University-University of Texas football game Nov. 14 at Floyd Casey Stadium. Brazos Helicopters was operating a Bell 47J
Flight Safety Foundation announced today the creation of the Australian Helicopter Advisory Group – a subsidiary of Foundationâ€™s Australian Advisory Board and its mission is to pursue the continuous improvement of helicopter safety and the prevention of accidents.
Lightning strike tests at Eurocopter’s DonauwÃ¶rth facility have verified finite element analysis accuracy for carbonfibre structure current flow simulation, according to a European research consortium
The head of the inquiry investigating last spring’s helicopter crash that killed 17 offshore oil workers and aircrew off the Newfoundland coast announced Wednesday he has asked the Defence Department to send a witness to explain the federal role in SAR
A medical helicopter that crashed this month in the dark hills north of Reno, Nev., killing three, lacked safety features recommended for years by federal experts, including night vision equipment and a system to warn the crew when the aircraft was too close to obstacles or the ground.
A test to certify the model of helicopter involved in a fatal crash off Newfoundland showed it would remain airborne for “around 10 minutes” – about one third of the time required – if oil leaked from its gearbox, aviation regulators say.
Emergency breathing devices for suits worn by passengers during offshore helicopter flights weren’t installed until nine years after they were first recommended and only after a helicopter crashed off the coast of Newfoundland in March, killing 17 people, an inquiry heard Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today finalized a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace.
Lightning strike tests of a helicopter at Eurocopter’s DonauwÃ¶rth facility have verified the accuracy of finite element analysis techniques for characterising the electromagnetic behaviour of complete and custom-cabled modern aircraft structures constructed using advanced composite materials.
The mother of a Tahlequah woman killed last month in a helicopter crash has filed suit against the pilotâ€™s estate, his parents and Robinson Helicopter Co.Â See also our Accident data 15-Oct-09 N3234G Robinson R22 Tahlequah, US-Oklahoma
Engineers have discovered a hairline crack in the gearbox of a Canadian-based Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, the latest chapter in an ongoing mechanical saga that has cast an investigative spotlight on the high-tech machine.
An oil and gas industry leader says now is the safest time there has ever been to fly in a North Sea helicopter.Â Bob Keiller feels there is still no room for complacency, however. Mr Keiller is chairman of Oil & Gas UKâ€™s helicopter task group, set up earlier this year to look at helicopter… Read more »
The family of Si Young Lee has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three companies allegedly responsible for the August 2, 2007 helicopter accident that killed Mr. Lee and three other occupants when it crashed and erupted into flames in Easton, Washington, setting off a forest fire.
The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) today applauded the White House for nominating Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., an expert on fatigue and its effects on productivity and safe flight operations, to the National Transportation Safety Board.
â€œBlue Cross did not deny coverage but dragged its feet in response to the familyâ€™s request despite federal law requiring health insurance companies to respond to emergency transportation requests within 48 hours,â€ said Michael Ward, staff counsel at Angel Medflight.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reports the surviving children of Russell Lee Tom claim the helicopter he was piloting – a Robinson Helicopter Co. R44 – was poorly designed “defective and unsafe.”Â Their suit was filed in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Pamela Altman sued tour company Liberty Helicopters, helicopter owner Meridian Consulting I Corp., manufacturer American Eurocopter and several of their insurers.Â Her suit charges that Liberty and Meridian have a “horrid history of accidents” and that American Eurocopter failed to equip the helicopter with sufficient safety equipment.
A new medical journal study, the largest of its kind to date, finds that 5 percent of urgent-care patients experience a critical event such as a major resuscitation, rapid loss of blood pressure, respiratory arrest and even death during air-medical transport
Pilots flying over Massachusetts reported seeing laser beams flashed in their direction eight times during 2008, with the rays hitting everything from commercial airliners landing at Logan International Airport to a State Police helicopter to the blimp floating over a Red Sox playoff game, according to a review of FAA data.
Opportunities for improving medical helicopter safety, traumatic brain injury (TBI) awareness and support, and a look at regulatory issues affecting helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are among the topics of this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the largest gathering of its kind in the nation.
The FAA presented Erickson Air-Crane with a â€œGold Certificate of Excellenceâ€ honoring Erickson’s participation in the FAA sponsored Aviation Maintenance Training program in 2008 as well as a â€œSpecial Recognition Awardâ€ signifying participation with the program for the past five years.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt today announced a new focus on improving the agencyâ€™s response to public safety complaints and whistleblower contributions, as well as renewing efforts to ensure consistent interpretation of agency regulations and policies.
Sikorsky announced the introduction of a new functionality offered on the S-92Â® helicopter to provide offshore oil operators with an automated approach that reduces cockpit workload and allows safer operations under challenging weather and operating conditions.
As part of a strategy to reduce emerging aviation risks using national safety data, the agencyâ€™s Office of Aviation Safety today launched a new Accident Investigation and Prevention Service that integrates the work of the Offices of Accident Investigation and Safety Analytical Services.
Duxford, UK – 22 September 2009 – HeliHub.com today launches a major update at Helitech 2009, adding a range of safety-related information including detailed Accident data.Â Every known accident from 1st January 2009 is now listed, together with links to relevant web reports.Â As with our News data, we have provided “tags” against each key… Read more »
he pilot of a small plane involved in an Aug. 8 midair collision over the Hudson River read back the wrong radio frequency to an air traffic controller but was not corrected by the controller, a federal safety official said yesterday.
NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman testifiedÂ on the status of the ongoing investigation into the mid-air collision over the Hudson River. The collision occurred on August 8 between a helicopter and an airplane.Â All 9 persons on board both aircraft were killed.Â Chairman Hersman provided an overview of the ongoing investigation based on facts… Read more »
The new system enables air traffic controllers to see helicopters on their radar screens at Aberdeen Airport at a far greater range from the shore than has previously been possible using solely shore-based radars.
The disaster over the Mull of Kintyre, in which 25 of the top MI5, Army and RUC Special Branch officers combating terrorism in Northern Ireland were lo;;ed, has been blamed on the “gross negligence” of the pilots.Â But a document obtained by The Daily Telegraph indicated that those in charge of RAF helicopter safety gave… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising procedures to create safe, dedicated operating corridors for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan.
The NTSB issued 19 recommendations regarding Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).Â These recommendations address various safety issues including pilot training; safety management systems to minimize risk; collection and analysis of flight, weather, and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots, and night vision… Read more »
The NTSB today issued five safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulting from the Safety Board’s ongoing investigation of the midair collision over the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey on August 8, 2009.Â The collision of a Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopter, and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane caused nine fatalities, including the pilot… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published a memo announcing the approved use of Audio Visual Warning Systems (AVWS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) and the administrationâ€™s intentions to update Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K, Obstruction Marking and Lighting, the recommended marking standards for obstacles that penetrate the NAS.
â€œAt the outset of the investigation, the organizations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB party rules,â€ says the NTSB in a press release issued this evening. â€œAmong the rules parties agree to is that they will not reveal investigative information being learned through that process, nor publicly comment on it.â€
The Finnish passenger helicopter service Copterline has reached out-of-court settlements in two lawsuits that it has raised in the United States against the manufacturer Sikorsky.Â The case involves a crash in which a Copterline helicopter built by Sikorsky fell into the Gulf of Finland soon after leaving the Estonian capital Tallinn en route to Helsinki,… Read more »
The FAA today convened a New York Airspace Working Group that will review current operating procedures over the Hudson and East Rivers and recommend safety improvements in two weeks to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.
The FAA, she charged, has failed to make changes. “We believe if the recommendations were implemented, aviation safety would be improved,” the blunt-speaking Hersman said.Â She said 225 aircraft fly within 3 miles of the crash site every day, and pilots below 1,100 feet are free to choose their routes without monitoring from air-traffic controllers.
Gary C. Robb of Kansas City’s Robb & Robb, LLC delivered an address on Monday, July 27, 2009 on “Litigating a Helicopter Crash Case” to the Aviation Law Section at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), held in San Francisco, California.