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February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 7, 2012
Among the more than 300 volunteers for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) are (left to right) FAA’s Larry Buehler, Terry Palmer, manager of rotorcraft safety programs for FlightSafety International, BJ Raysor, director of aviation ops for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Fred Brisbois, director of aviation and product safety for Sikorsky, and FAA’s Sue Gardner, program director...
February 6, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro is weighing in on recent developments to pass FAA reauthorization in Congress. In a statement released Feb. 1, Zuccaro notes that after five years and 23 funding...
February 1, 2012
As we head into Heli-Expo, it’s important to again bring up the subjects of training and safety. Learning lessons from the mistakes of others is one of the most basic ways of improving. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings on January 19 involving two helicopter EMS crashes where pilots flew into storms at night. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings in late January involving two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) crashes involving pilots who flew into localized storms. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near Georgetown, S.C., involved a Carolina Life Care Eurocopter AS350B2 operated by Omniflight Helicopters. Three people died in the crash, the pilot, a flight...
February 1, 2012
I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) seminar in September last year in Mahwah, N.J. and enjoyed spending time with the council’s President, Jeff Smith, and HAI’s Safety Director Stan Rose. The first several sessions were focused around employment in the rotary wing industry. Attending were young pilots looking to get that “perfect” flying job...
January 26, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give the keynote address at Heli-Expo 2012  Hersman will...
January 1, 2012
One of the companies that I consult with afforded me the opportunity to attend the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Public Aircraft Forum held in Washington D.C., on November 30th and December 1st. The conference was well attended, with representatives of all the three letter organizations such as FAA, HAI, GSA, etc., as well as representation from commercial operators who contract to...
October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States has grown nearly 300 percent to approximately 840. Coupled with the industry’s rapid growth, the HEMS accident rate...
October 1, 2011
There is a perceived increase in EMS accidents over the last 10 years. One reason cited for EMS having a higher accident rate than other forms of flying is that pilots are under some sort of pressure to fly. The main pressure to fly is pressure the pilot puts on himself. There are pilots who pretend to be seagulls. They require someone to throw rocks at them to get airborne but, thankfully, they are few...
July 1, 2011
aparker@accessintel.com Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro raised some interesting points that are worth repeating in his “President’s Message” sent out to association members on June 1 titled, “Are We Aiming at the Correct Target?” While praising FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the International Helicopter Safety Team...
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