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July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 6, 2015
The NTSB has completed recovering wreckage of a Flight for Life Colorado Airbus AS350 that crashed July 3 in Frisco, Colo., killing the pilot and injuring a flight paramedic and nurse. The aeromedical helicopter appeared to begin...
July 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
July 1, 2015
An NTSB investigation is underway after six-year-old boy started a medical transport helicopter at an air show. Mayo One, an EC145 operated by the Mayo Clinic's air medical transport service, was on display at Mankato...
June 19, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison after convictions for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s VP in Grants Pass, Ore. at the time, was sentenced to 12.5 years. Levi Phillips, then...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
February 27, 2015
If you’ve already planned to attend the HAI Safety Symposium (NTSB – Managing Risk in Public Helicopter Operations) from 8:00–10:00 in room S310 on Monday, March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, be sure to also add to your diary, and attend, the Safety Directors Forum (Your Helicopter Crashed – Now What?) right after, from...
February 1, 2014
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added “the unique characteristics of helicopter operations” to its Most Wanted List for 2014, as the agency continues to look at...
January 21, 2014
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added "the unique characteristics of helicopter operations" to its Most Wanted List for 2014, as the agency continues to look at ways to...
October 1, 2013
As pilots and safety professionals, we see the acronym IHST all the time, but do we really know what it represents? Some of us actually know what it means and what they do, but not everyone is are aware of the mandate the International Helicopter Safety Team has within the rotary wing community. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Fred Brisbois, co-chair of IHST’s U.S Safety...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a private text conversation was one of the factors that contributed to a series of poor decisions resulting in the August 2011 crash of an Air Methods Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Mosby, Mo. Four people died as a result of the accident, including the pilot, James Freudenberg. According to NTSB, in addition to being distracted from texting...
April 26, 2013
Ever wonder what it’s like to investigate a helicopter accident? For a fee, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is...
April 10, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a private text conversation was one of the factors that contributed to a series of poor decisions resulting in the August 2011 crash of an Air Methods Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Mosby, Mo. Four people died as a result of the accident, including the pilot, James Freudenberg. According to NTSB, in addition to being distracted from...
February 5, 2013
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are traveling to Paraguay to assist in the investigation of a Robinson R44 II helicopter crash on Sunday. Three people died...
January 30, 2013
U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have determined that inadequate maintenance to be the probable cause of a December 2011 crash of a Eurocopter AS350 in operation with Sundance Helicopters of Las Vegas, Nev. The crash occurred during a sightseeing trip near Hoover Dam after a critical flight control unit separated from another, rendering the helicopter uncontrollable, according...
January 16, 2013
An AgustaWestland AW109 reportedly hit a construction crane on top of a high-rise building near the River Thames around 8:00 am this morning London time. The collision resulted in the helicopter losing control and hitting the ground along Wandsworth Road, SW8 in Central London. According to police the pilot, Capt. Pete Best, and one other person on the ground have been confirmed dead. There were 12 other...
January 11, 2013
Regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Peru have initiated a formal investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of a Columbia Helicopters Model 234 that was supporting petroleum exploration operations near Pucallpa, Peru. The incident resulted in the deaths of...
November 5, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Ralph Hicks as the investigator-in-charge of the probe into the crash of an Atlanta Police Department Hughes OH-6 on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to witnesses on the...
August 1, 2012
What do Al Pacino, a squirrel and a moose, the “human operating system,” rogue management, graphical world charts, lions and bears, dangerous behavior, SMS toolkits and safety videos all have in common? OK, maybe those last two gave it away, but they’re all subjects that have appeared in the International Helicopter Safety Team’s recent “Safety Notes” campaign. Over the...
July 9, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is holding a public forum on July 17 and 18 to examine the “regulations, policies and procedures” for general aviation search and rescue (SAR)...
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