Safety News

FAA Safety Team Presents Erickson Air-Crane with two awards

FAA Safety Team Presents Erickson Air-Crane with two awards

28-Sep-2009Source: Vertical

The FAA presented Erickson Air-Crane with a “Gold Certificate of Excellence” honoring Erickson’s participation in the FAA sponsored Aviation Maintenance Training program in 2008 as well as a “Special Recognition Award” signifying participation with the program for the past five years.... Read more

FAA Announces New Efforts to Respond to Safety Concerns

FAA Announces New Efforts to Respond to Safety Concerns

25-Sep-2009Source: FAA

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt today announced a new focus on improving the agency’s response to public safety complaints and whistleblower contributions, as well as renewing efforts to ensure consistent interpretation of agency regulations and policies.... Read more

Cougar S92 makes emergency landing in Halifax after sensor indicates problem

Cougar S92 makes emergency landing in Halifax after sensor indicates problem

24-Sep-2009Source: Amherst Daily News

An official with the Newfoundland-based company said a chip indicator on the Sikorsky S-92 sensed there were lose fragments of material in the oil, which can cause problems in the main gearbox... Read more

New Platform Approach System Offers Enhanced Safety, Reduced Pilot Workload in Sikorsky S-92®

New Platform Approach System Offers Enhanced Safety, Reduced Pilot Workload in Sikorsky S-92®

24-Sep-2009Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky announced the introduction of a new functionality offered on the S-92® helicopter to provide offshore oil operators with an automated approach that reduces cockpit workload and allows safer operations under challenging weather and operating conditions.... Read more

FAA Launches New Accident Prevention Office

FAA Launches New Accident Prevention Office

24-Sep-2009Source: FAA

As part of a strategy to reduce emerging aviation risks using national safety data, the agency’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.... Read more

HeliHub.com builds "The Helicopter Search Engine" with detailed accident data

HeliHub.com builds "The Helicopter Search Engine" with detailed accident data

22-Sep-2009Source: HeliHub.com

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.  Every known accident from 1st January 2009 is now listed, together with links to relevant web reports.  As with our News data, we have provided “tags” against each key... Read more

Eurocontrol warns North Sea pilots of kites at 1000' agl

Eurocontrol warns North Sea pilots of kites at 1000' agl

18-Sep-2009Source: Eurocontrol

EUROCONTROL Agency has been informed of an incident that happened on 15 September 2009 over the Southern North Sea:... Read more

TUC joins BALPA call for North Sea air safety summit

TUC joins BALPA call for North Sea air safety summit

18-Sep-2009Source: BALPA

The TUC, meeting in Liverpool threw its weight behind a call from the pilots’ union BALPA (British Airline Pilots’ Association) for a North Sea oil and gas Safety Summit.... Read more

NTSB: New York fixed wing pilot had incorrect radio frequency

NTSB: New York fixed wing pilot had incorrect radio frequency

18-Sep-2009Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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.... Read more

Report finds discrepancies in helicopter's documented weight

Report finds discrepancies in helicopter's documented weight

18-Sep-2009Source: Mail Tribune

A report issued Wednesday on a 2008 helicopter crash that killed seven Southern Oregon firefighters revealed discrepancies in documents that recorded the weight of the helicopter.... Read more

NTSB Chairman testifies before Congress concerning Hudson River airspace

NTSB Chairman testifies before Congress concerning Hudson River airspace

17-Sep-2009Source: NTSB

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman testified  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.  All 9 persons on board both aircraft were killed.  Chairman Hersman provided an overview of the ongoing investigation based on facts... Read more

New helicopter surveillance system boosts North Sea offshore flight safety

New helicopter surveillance system boosts North Sea offshore flight safety

9-Sep-2009Source: Oil & Gas UK

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.... Read more

UK MoD refuses to reopen inquiry into 1994 Chinook crash

UK MoD refuses to reopen inquiry into 1994 Chinook crash

4-Sep-2009Source: Telegraph

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.  But a document obtained by The Daily Telegraph indicated that those in charge of RAF helicopter safety gave... Read more

FAA Announces Plan to Enhance Safety for New York Airspace

FAA Announces Plan to Enhance Safety for New York Airspace

3-Sep-2009Source: FAA

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.... Read more

Safety Honours For Queenstown Helicopter Company

Safety Honours For Queenstown Helicopter Company

2-Sep-2009Source: Scoop

Over the Top picked up four awards at the recent Aviation Industry Association Conference which also signalled the official launch of the New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA).... Read more

NTSB issues recommendations for EMS industry

NTSB issues recommendations for EMS industry

2-Sep-2009Source: NTSB

The NTSB issued 19 recommendations regarding Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).  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 strange case of the AW139 tailboom that came off

The strange case of the AW139 tailboom that came off

28-Aug-2009Source: Flightglobal

An AW139 aircraft had an occurrence resulting in major damage to the aircraft tail boom while ground  taxiing.  There were no injuries to the crew or passengers.... Read more

Deadline for American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Extended to September 11th

Deadline for American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Extended to September 11th

28-Aug-2009Source: American Eurocopter

This prestigious award aims to promote aviation safety within the air medical community and American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the winner to further their safety efforts.... Read more

NTSB issues recommendations regarding Hudson River Class B exclusion area

NTSB issues recommendations regarding Hudson River Class B exclusion area

28-Aug-2009Source: NTSB

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.  The collision of a Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopter, and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane caused nine fatalities, including the pilot... Read more

Recommendations on HEMS on NTSB public meeting agenda 1st September

Recommendations on HEMS on NTSB public meeting agenda 1st September

28-Aug-2009Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC.... Read more

FAA Announces OCAS as the First Audio Visual Warning System Installed, Tested and Approved for use in the National Airspace

FAA Announces OCAS as the First Audio Visual Warning System Installed, Tested and Approved for use in the National Airspace

27-Aug-2009Source: FAA

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 administration’s intentions to update Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K, Obstruction Marking and Lighting, the recommended marking standards for obstacles that penetrate the NAS.... Read more

NATCA ousted from Hudson River investigation for breaching protocol

NATCA ousted from Hudson River investigation for breaching protocol

25-Aug-2009Source: CharterX

“At the outset of the investigation, the organizations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB party rules,” says the NTSB in a press release issued this evening. “Among the rules parties agree to is that they will not reveal investigative information being learned through that process, nor publicly comment on it.”... Read more

IHST Risk Assessment Toolkit now available

IHST Risk Assessment Toolkit now available

21-Aug-2009Source: RotorNews

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), formed in 2006, is comprised of a team of helicopter community stakeholders dedicated to reducing helicopter accidents by 80 percent in ten years.... Read more

Copterline settles out of court with Sikorsky over August 2005 accident

Copterline settles out of court with Sikorsky over August 2005 accident

18-Aug-2009Source: Helsingin Sanomat

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.  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

Bond retires flight number assigned to Super Puma in offshore accident

Bond retires flight number assigned to Super Puma in offshore accident

14-Aug-2009Source: Aberdeen Press & Journal

Bond Offshore Helicopters has confirmed that it has retired the flight number given to the aircraft involved in one of the oil industry’s worst disasters earlier this year.... Read more

FAA Airspace Group Will Recommend Safety Improvements in New York

FAA Airspace Group Will Recommend Safety Improvements in New York

14-Aug-2009Source: FAA

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.... Read more

Two Super Puma helicopters in North Sea near-miss

Two Super Puma helicopters in North Sea near-miss

14-Aug-2009Source: Evening Express

The near-miss happened on March 20 when an air traffic controller gave a pilot the okay to climb – not realising a second helicopter was above him.... Read more

NTSB head says FAA failed to act on 'scores of recommendations' on shared air space

NTSB head says FAA failed to act on 'scores of recommendations' on shared air space

12-Aug-2009Source: NY Daily News

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.  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.... Read more

Kansas City Lawyer Addresses Helicopter Crash Litigation at National Lawyers' Convention

Kansas City Lawyer Addresses Helicopter Crash Litigation at National Lawyers' Convention

3-Aug-2009Source: Robb & Robb

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.... Read more

Questions raised about firefighting helicopters' safety

Questions raised about firefighting helicopters' safety

29-Jul-2009Source: Redding Record Searchlight

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HAI: Hosts two-day IHST Meeting

HAI: Hosts two-day IHST Meeting

26-Jul-2009Source: RotorNews

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Collier Medflight cleared after FAA investigation into overuse

Collier Medflight cleared after FAA investigation into overuse

22-Jul-2009Source: Naples News

Collier County’s Medflight program has been cleared of an allegation that it violated inspection requirements for its medical transport helicopter that could have led to overuse and safety concerns.... Read more

Alberta health board CEO admits helipad error

Alberta health board CEO admits helipad error

15-Jul-2009Source: Calgary Herald

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Iowa helicopter case goes to jury

Iowa helicopter case goes to jury

13-Jul-2009Source: Globe Gazette

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Stat Medevac Receives Operator Safety Award for 2008

Stat Medevac Receives Operator Safety Award for 2008

10-Jul-2009Source: Vertical

STAT MedEvac was recently recognized by HAI for their outstanding safety record for 2008. The award is given annually by HAI to its regular members who demonstrate an outstanding safety record throughout the year.... Read more

IHST Announces its Third International Helicopter Safety Symposium 2009

IHST Announces its Third International Helicopter Safety Symposium 2009

7-Jul-2009Source: http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/3270/

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Duck-struck ShandsCair pilot gets honor

Duck-struck ShandsCair pilot gets honor

2-Jul-2009Source: Gainesville Sun

Irving was at the controls of the ShandsCair helicopter back in March, transporting a trauma patient back to Shands at the University of Florida, when a duck sailed right through the windshield.... Read more

Arson attack on West Midlands police helicopter

Arson attack on West Midlands police helicopter

9-Jun-2009Source: Birmingham Post

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Oil and gas chiefs reveal PLBs set to be reinstated

Oil and gas chiefs reveal PLBs set to be reinstated

9-Jun-2009Source: Press & Journal

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Helicopter training seminar aims to prevent tragedy

Helicopter training seminar aims to prevent tragedy

8-Jun-2009Source: Park Rapids Enterprise

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