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Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

The world’s four leading helicopter manufacturers have agreed plans for the implementation of enhancements to their Helicopter Terrain Avoidance and Warning Systems (HTAWS). At a recent meeting organised by HeliOffshore, senior representatives from Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo Helicopters, Sikorsky and avionics manufacturer Honeywell met with officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 14-Dec-18

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-14 – Freewheel Assembly Housing Sealant

Bell has been made aware of cases where corrosion has been found on the freewheel assembly housing surface to the engine gearbox interface. Following investigation, it was discovered that the surface paint masking of the interface of freewheel housing 406-040-500-107 is best adapted to fit on the model 206L4 and 407. This freewheel housing when… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Dec-18

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Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Offshore helicopter flights are just part of a very broad range of engineering support services provided by Babcock International Group. These also include decommissioning nuclear sites, building warships, and maintaining railway infrastructure and powerlines. A key common theme between these safety critical activities is that they are conducted in highly regulated environments. David Plester, managing… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 07-Dec-18

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2018

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. However, the AAIB separately released a “Special Bulletin” the same day, which is as follows: AAIB Special Bulletin S2/2018 on Agusta AW169, G-VSKP

Source: AAIB, 06-Dec-18

Bell 505 – TB_505-18-12 – New interior protective pads

Bell has received field reports of cabin interior protective pads held in position with VELCRO® that disbond from the cabin structure. This is more likely to occur to those aircraft located in a hot and humid environment. To address this condition, Bell engineering has developed new interior protective pads, adding snaps to the interface to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Dec-18

Bell 429 – TB_429-18-58 – Bellcrank Assemblies

This Technical Bulletin introduces the procedures to upgrade the 429-001-523-101/- 103 and 429-001-532-101/-103 bellcrank assemblies to the latest configuration 429- 001-523-107 and 429-001-532-107 which utilizes corrosion resistant steel bearings. Bellcranks upgraded in accordance with this Technical Bulletin will not be affected by PART II of the Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 429-15-21 Revision B. Customers should… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Dec-18

Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Last week, two air accidents took place within a span of three days which resulted in killing three crews and injuring three others. A Let L-410UVP-E20 aircraft belonging to Summit Air (Goma Air) crashed when it attempted to land on runway 06 at Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport airstrip in Nepal on May 28 killing two cockpit crews… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 03-Dec-18

01-Dec-18 HL9419 Kamov Ka32 Guri, Korea (1F)

Crashed into river when hovering and taking up water for firefighting operation for a fire on Mount Youngchuk.  The rescue services said the helicopter crashed into the Han River near Gangdong Bridge around 11:20 a.m. The pilot and copilot were able to exit the aircraft immediately prior to impact, but the mechanic was trapped in… Read more »

01-Dec-18

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Leonardo AW189 – FAA AD 2018-24-06 – Tailplane lower fitting

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD requires replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane lower fitting. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the tail plane fittings of Model AW189 helicopters. The actions of this AD are intended… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Nov-18

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26-Nov-18 Bell UH-1 Sancaktepe, Turkey (4F)

A Turkish military UH-1 has crashed in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul, with four fatalities and a fifth person with serious injuries

26-Nov-18

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Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) looked at 10 years of helicopter operations data from Jan. 2009 through 2018 and compared the share of flight hours of every industry type with the percentage share of total accidents and fatal accidents.  During this period, U.S. civil helicopters flew more than 31 million flight hours and experienced… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Nov-18

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Airbus EC135 – FAA AD 2013-21-05R1 – Bearings

We are revising Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-21-05 for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (now Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH) (Airbus Helicopters) Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters. AD 2013-21-05 required an initial and repetitive inspections of certain bearings and modifying the floor and a rod. Since we issued AD 2013-21-05, we have determined that… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Nov-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Cessna 152 (G-WACG) and Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM), mid-air collision, Near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 17 November 2017 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BZES), loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 1 July 2018

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-18

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EASA 12th Rotorcraft Symposium

EASA 12th Rotorcraft Symposium

The 2018 Symposium, 4th – 5th December 2018, will feature about 30 presentations on the latest developments in the rotorcraft industry with a strong focus on Safety. EASA will present the main elements of the future Rotorcraft Strategic Safety Roadmap. Join and engage with about 300 participants across the industry on: How can technologies help… Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Nov-18

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IHST identifies accident prevention measures

IHST identifies accident prevention measures

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) has initiated its fourth annual survey of civil helicopter operators located in key regions around the world in order to gain a broader understanding of where safety initiatives are being implemented. A link to the survey form can be found on the IHST web site: http://ihst.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2593 The IHST’s worldwide… Read more »

Source: IHST, 02-Nov-18

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27-Oct-18 G-VSKP Leonardo AW169 Leicester, UK (5F)

Helicopter took off from Leicester City FC stadium and crashed shortly after in the adjacent car park.  Five fatalities named by police as Club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

27-Oct-18

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Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-21-15 – Rod End

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-13-03 for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. AD 2017-13-03 required adding an identification number to life-limited rod ends that do not have a serial number (S/N). Since we issued AD 2017-13-03, an additional life-limited rod end was identified that is affected by the same unsafe… Read more »

Source: FAA, 23-Oct-18

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Bell 429 – FAA AD 2018-16-51 – Tail rotor gearbox

We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model 429 helicopters. This AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters as Emergency AD 2018-16-51, dated July 26, 2018, which superseded Emergency AD 2018-15-51, dated July 20, 2018. This AD requires inspecting the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Oct-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS350 B3e (G-MATH), loss of control during hydraulics-off training, Wycombe Air Park, Buckinghamshire, 5 May 2017 Robinson R44 (G-CTFL) and Robinson R44 (G-HYND), loss of control to G-CFTL after reversing into G-HYND’s main rotor, Cumbernauld Airport, North Lanarkshire,… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 11-Oct-18

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HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is giving the offshore helicopter industry a clear picture of its safety performance, delivering a growing volume of frontline data that supports all aspects of HeliOffshore’s collaborative work to avoid accidents. Data is already being submitted by operators accounting for more than 80% of aircraft in the combined… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 05-Oct-18

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30-Sep-18 N440SH Robinson R44 Westminster, US-Maryland

Helicopter was trying to take off from the top level of a parking garage when the operator lost control, striking a parked car

30-Sep-18

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29-Sep-18 N849NA Airbus AS350B2 Alto, US-New Mexico

Heavy landing with some forward momentum, then pitched up on the front of its skids, slid forward, then down a slope, moving round as it did, but still ending on its skids (see video) Aircraft operated by Trans Aero, part of Roberts Aircraft – and operated under “Trans Aero Medevac” titles from a base at… Read more »

29-Sep-18

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28-Sep-18 N907PL Airbus AS350B3 Lituya Bay, US-Alaska (3F)

One passenger rescued, other three occupants not found – presumed drowned – after helicopter went down in the water.  Reuters reported the survivor as 12-year-old Aiden Peppard, and missing were the boy’s father Josh Pepperd, 42, the man’s other son, Andrew Pepperd, 11, and the pilot, David King, 53, owner of Last Frontier Air Ventures. … Read more »

28-Sep-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

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, 13-Sep-18

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HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

HeliOffshore  SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is already delivering significant volumes of operational data from frontline offshore helicopter operations around the world. As the scope of the programme is expanded, it has the potential to generate a wide range of data that supports and validates multiple aspects of HeliOffshore’s work to enhance safety. To… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Aug-18

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Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

The families of the two Texas Army National guard chief warrant officers who died in a 2016 crash are suing Boeing. The officers, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, were flying an AH-64D on December 28. The families are suing Boeing for an unspecified amount of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

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Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 10-Jul-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-JKAT), heavy landing, Shobdon Aerodrome, Herefordshire, 20 April 2018

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-18

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Guardian Flight Names New Safety Director

Guardian Flight Names New Safety Director

Guardian Flight Inc. appointed Steve Kelly Director of Safety for the leading air medical transport company. As a member of the Executive Management Team, Kelly reports to Fred Buttrell, Guardian Flight President and President and CEO of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which is Guardian Flight’s parent company.   Kelly is based in the company’s… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 29-Jun-18

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Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

It is a widely held view that the H225 (and AS332L2) has no future in the offshore oil and gas market after a “perfect storm” of two key factors which grounded the type from civilian operations worldwide.  HeliHub.com estimates 126 H225s and AS332L2s are currently in storage around the world, as well as eight Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-18

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Offshore Helicopter Industry Leaders Speak On Next Steps to Enhance Safety

Offshore Helicopter Industry Leaders Speak On Next Steps to Enhance Safety

Leading companies and stakeholders in the offshore oil industry are more united than ever before in their resolve to enhance safety. In a new video filmed at HeliOffshore’s recent annual conference, senior leaders from operators, oil companies, manufacturers and leasing companies explain how the path is clear to implementing safety improvements that can save lives. The… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 25-Jun-18

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HeliOffshore – HUMS Best Practice Guidelines

HeliOffshore – HUMS  Best Practice Guidelines

The European Union’s new Commission Regulation 2016/1119, which takes effect from 1st July, 2018, formally recognises the safety benefits of Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) by requiring European operators to install approved equipment and adopt approved procedures for using it. These specific requirements take effect from 1st January, 2019. In fact, many operators are already using HUMS… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Jun-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW109SP (G-IWFC), incorrectly latched engine cowl, Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, 27 November 2017

Source: AAIB, 10-Jun-18

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New HeliOffshore Videos Show How Operational Effectiveness Programmes Can Enhance Safety

New HeliOffshore Videos Show How Operational Effectiveness Programmes Can Enhance Safety

HeliOffshore has released a series of new videos showing how the implementation of key safety programmes can enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations. The new videos show how HeliOffshore members are seeking to further support frontline safety by adopting three key programmes championed by the global offshore safety association’s Operational Effectiveness workstream: Approach Path… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 06-Jun-18

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BRS Aerospace Addressing Urban eVTOL Parachute Recovery Systems

BRS Aerospace Addressing Urban eVTOL Parachute Recovery Systems

BRS Aerospace is developing vehicle recovery systems technology that will allow electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to reach safety levels equivalent to standards established in the automotive industry.    BRS Aerospace shared its existing whole aircraft recovery parachute technology with participants at the urban aviation summit, which discussed the future of air mobility in largely… Read more »

Source: BRS Aerospace, 23-May-18

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2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

 CHC Helicopter today announced the official opening of early bird registration for its signature aviation safety event, the annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit. From May 1 through May 31, interested delegates will have the opportunity to register for this year’s event at a discounted early bird rate of $1085 (USD). After May 31, the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-18

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HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

Senior leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry have reconfirmed their commitment to driving up safety performance, agreeing to press hard for comprehensive implementation of safety priorities that will have the most potential to save lives in helicopter operations. These safety priorities include activities such as sharing and jointly analysing operational data through the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 10-May-18

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Ausgrid begins annual bushfire helicopter safety patrols

Ausgrid begins annual bushfire helicopter safety patrols

Ausgrid crews are beginning annual helicopter patrols this week to inspect the electricity network for any potential bushfire hazards. This year two helicopters will be used to inspect areas of our network in bushfire prone parts of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter. Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong said the flights are the… Read more »

Source: Ausgrid, 16-Apr-18

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Helicopter Line reviews flight safety

Helicopter Line reviews flight safety

Helicopter Lines has had to undergo a review of their safety processes, after four crashes in the span of three years. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has requested that the company undergo this procedure with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that their safety assurance and risk management were in order, reports ODT.

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-18

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Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight Engages Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Guardian Flight has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as a resource for the leading critical care air medical transport company’s safety system needs. Baldwin Safety & Compliance, headquartered in South Carolina, is a recognized leader in customized safety and quality management, and business solutions. “We are pleased to have the added services of a leader… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 11-Apr-18

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8 Ways to Enhance Helicopter Training and Reduce Fatal Accidents

8 Ways to Enhance Helicopter Training and Reduce Fatal Accidents

Many fatal helicopter accidents involve causes from actions or non-actions that may have occurred months or years before during initial or recurrent instruction sessions.  The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has determined that these training initiatives could improve safety and potentially save lives. Promote the Teaching of Threat and Error Management – Traditional decision-making models focus… Read more »

Source: USHST, 04-Apr-18

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FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference featuring about 35 presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators.   The three-day event will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. Admission will be free. The conference will take place October 23-25, 2018, at… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Apr-18

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4 Key Helicopter Technologies That Will Save Lives

4 Key Helicopter Technologies That Will Save Lives

After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has determined that the further development and wider usage of these four flight technologies will improve safety across the helicopter industry and save lives. Develop Autopilot Equipment for Light Helicopters – Current light helicopters have… Read more »

Source: USHST, 16-Mar-18

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HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

Senior offshore helicopter industry leaders met during the HAI HeliExpo show in Las Vegas last week to add momentum to their collaborative efforts to enhance safety through HeliOffshore. A meeting of the global offshore helicopter safety association’s Safety Strategy Panel on 26th February agreed to increase the degree of governance exercised by key stakeholders, with… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Mar-18

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Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

ARGUS PROS, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, is pleased to announce it will host the Flight Safety Foundation BARS Auditor Accreditation Course in Denver March 19-21. The three-day course introduces participants to the elements of the Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program. The course requires a good level of knowledge and experience of aviation audits… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-Mar-18

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Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit. The Summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement… Read more »

Source: USHST, 28-Feb-18

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A pioneering approach to flight safety

A pioneering approach to flight safety

Led by Jon Hopkinson, the CHC Global Standards team takes a pioneering approach as they push for continuous improvement in safety in rotorcraft. In 2011, CHC Helicopter decided to maximise the benefits it could take from its global operational and safety incident reporting experience by incorporating all AOCs under a single centralised corporate flight operation… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Feb-18

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Where in the USA Do Helicopter Accidents Occur?

Where in the USA Do Helicopter Accidents Occur?

Usually, helicopter accidents occur in states where more helicopters are flying year round and where helicopters operate most often for industry purposes. During the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, a large percentage of helicopter operations took place west of the Rocky Mountains and that is reflected in the accident totals. Helicopter Accidents  –  2007… Read more »

Source: USHST, 14-Feb-18

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09-Jan-18 N’gokro, Ivory Coast

French military helicopter crashed at N’gokro in the Alépé region, about 60km from Abidjan.  3 POB not seriously injured

09-Jan-18

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01-Jan-18 ZS-??? Airbus AS350B3 Cathedral Peak, South Africa

Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)

01-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

22-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

The latest issue of Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine is now available, with much of the edition focusing on the theme “Safety at the Interfaces—Collaboration at Work.” This is a topic close to our hearts at HeliOffshore, and so CEO Gretchen Haskins was delighted to be one of 18 expert contributors to the feature with an article… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2017

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, 15-Dec-17

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Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Safety management and training company Thought Process Ltd is developing a programme to raise awareness of CAP437 standards for helicopter landing areas. The programme is intended to give offshore helicopter operations personnel a sound understanding of the design criteria for helidecks, as well as associated offshore environmental factors and helicopter performance. The HeliOffshore member company… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 11-Dec-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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11-Nov-17 N744BS Robinson R44 Page, US-Arizona

Crashed at the end of the runway

11-Nov-17

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09-Nov-17 N500DC MD Helicopters 500D York, US-Pennsylvania

Precautionary field landing, per FAA report

09-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 N138WH Hughes 500D Sulphur, US-Louisiana (2F)

Two men working on power lines from the helicopter,  and  heir safety harness failed because it had been rubbing against the power lines causing it to “snap” the release from Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reportedly said.  Both men fell about 100 feet to their deaths from the helicopter – they were later named as Nicholas Gamalski,… Read more »

08-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

08-Nov-17

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07-Nov-17 N93PH Bell 206B Rolling Fork, US-Mississippi

Force landing during aerial application work.

07-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 N275AE Bell 206L3 Union City, US-Tennessee

Air Evac Lifeteam aircraft had in-air problem on approach to the local 911 centre and put down in a hurry.  Power lines cut – not known if that was cause or effect of the heavy landing. Helicopter ended up on its skids, tail boom creased, main blades missing, upper part of tail bent and significant… Read more »

07-Nov-17

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06-Nov-17 N7085M Robinson R44 Inwood, US-Iowa

The sheriff was reported as saying Pilot Robert Krier with Ride the Sky Helicopters and passenger Steve Ahrendt, the owner of the cattle, were in the helicopter when it clipped a power line looking for loose cattle. Both occupants reported as suffering serious injuries.

06-Nov-17

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05-Nov-17 N522RL Bell 407 Rig MP281, US-Gulf of Mexico

Bird strike en route to offshore rig

05-Nov-17

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5 Vitally Important Safety Actions for Helicopter Pilots

5 Vitally Important Safety Actions for Helicopter Pilots

After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has uncovered five vital action items for pilots that will improve safe operations. Focusing pilots on these solutions will allow them to make better choices before and during their flights.  The facts show that failure… Read more »

Source: USHST, 01-Nov-17

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HeliOffshore Director explains benefits of safety intelligence data sharing in video

HeliOffshore Director explains benefits of safety intelligence data sharing in video

Safety intelligence data sharing is a big part of HeliOffshore’s mission to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations. It is set to play an even bigger part, as operations director Francois Lassale explained in a new video interview with FINN: http://tinyurl.com/yaah7mb2

Source: HeliOffshore, 27-Oct-17

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FAA and EASA Update Aviation Safety Agreement

FAA and EASA Update Aviation Safety Agreement

Safety in today’s global aviation market depends to a great extent on international partnerships between aviation regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fully subscribes to this philosophy, which is why on September 22 the agency updated its long-standing aviation safety agreement with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) The changes in this agreement enhance the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Oct-17

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USAIG Celebrates 40 Years of Providing Safety Posters to the Aviation Industry

USAIG Celebrates 40 Years of Providing Safety Posters to the Aviation Industry

USAIG, one of the world’s leading aviation-specific insurance providers celebrates 40 years of creating and distributing safety posters to the aviation community – free of charge. USAIG has created more than 400 posters and distributed more than two million copies to industry members worldwide. In 1977, USAIG (United States Aircraft Insurance Group, Booth C11032) began… Read more »

Source: USAIG, 17-Oct-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2017

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, 10-Oct-17

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Leonardo appoints Baines Simmons to enhance safety performance

Leonardo appoints Baines Simmons to enhance safety performance

Air Partner’s aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons has been awarded a two-year contract by Leonardo Helicopters to support the development and enhancement of its safety management performance across its UK sites. Baines Simmons will provide Leonardo Helicopters with specialist consultancy and training support, drawing on over 16 years of industry-leading experience. The programme will… Read more »

Source: Baines Simmons, 06-Oct-17

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Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport.  The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning.  In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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USHST Releases Details on Safety Enhancements Focused on Reducing Fatal Helicopter Accidents

USHST Releases Details on Safety Enhancements Focused on Reducing Fatal Helicopter Accidents

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. Detailed descriptions for 18 of the proposed safety enhancements can now be found on the USHST web site.  [ http://www.ushst.org/MobilApp.aspx]  The descriptions offer information on the… Read more »

Source: USHST, 26-Sep-17

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USHST Announces 3rd Group of Safety Enhancements to Reduce Fatal Helicopter Accidents

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities. The 22 safety enhancements can be grouped into four categories: Safety Management                Seven safety enhancements Competency                            Six safety enhancements IMC and Visibility                 Four safety enhancements  (announced on… Read more »

18-Sep-17

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