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January 1, 2011
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the National Transportation Board has placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson Helicopters. During a public meeting Dec. 7 coinciding with the release of the accident’s probable causes, board members touched on the many complicated aspects of the...
January 1, 2011
William Coultas, the co-pilot in a 2008 Carson Helicopters-operated crash of a Sikorsky S-61 near Weaverville, Calif., is claiming that the National Transportation Safety Board came to the wrong conclusions about what caused the helicopter to fall from the sky. Coultas is one of four...
January 1, 2011
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman used an analogy to describe how federal oversight relates to public-use aircraft, a topic that came up multiple times during the Dec. 7 meeting: “Public-use operations have been made an orphan by the aviation industry, like they have no parent and no one wants to be responsible for them. And this orphan, everyone says when they make a mistake or when something goes...
January 1, 2011
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI), the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and other industry leaders have identified safety management systems (SMS) as a key tool in the effort to reduce helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. Without setting into the statistics, there are plenty of places to read the raw numbers, but let’s just start by agreeing that the helicopter industry’s safety record...
December 30, 2010
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) has scheduled a January 20 industry forum in Alexandria, Va. to address questions and issues related to public-use...
December 27, 2010
American Eurocopter’s FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) has issued...
December 13, 2010
William Coultas, the co-pilot in a 2008 Carson Helicopters-operated crash of a Sikorsky S-61 in Oregon, is claiming that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) came to the wrong conclusions...
December 10, 2010
The government of Yemen has placed an order for four commercial-configured Huey IIs, as well as pilot and...
December 9, 2010
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Transportation Board has placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson Helicopters. During a public meeting Dec. 7 coinciding with the release of the accident’s probable causes, board members touched on the many complicated aspects of...
December 9, 2010
AgustaWestland has delivered three AW139s to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). The...
December 8, 2010
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Transportation Board on Tuesday placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson...
December 2, 2010
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is planning to hold a public meeting on Tuesday regarding the Aug. 5, 2008 crash of a Sikorsky...
December 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has received an order from the U.S. State Department for another pair of modified...
November 17, 2010
In response to a recent fatal accident investigation that revealed a crack in the main rotor hub fitting of the Bell 212, FAA has published...
November 8, 2010
Noting a 2008 crash in Alaska that killed four people, NTSB is recommending that its European...
November 1, 2010
In late September the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of a study of the implications of the changes in the air ambulance industry’s size and structure on safety and services. What was the point? Did anybody find this report useful, insightful or helpful? The GAO looked at how the industry changed in the last decade and the implications for the availability of services...
November 1, 2010
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) concerning helicopter operators, including air ambulances. If finalized, stricter rules and procedures, improved communications and training and additional on-board safety equipment would be the result, according to the regulatory agency. “This is a significant proposal that will improve the safety of...
November 1, 2010
AgustaWestland’s AW139 has achieved certification from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) in Moscow. The manufacturer is setting...
November 1, 2010
Mike Atwood Two new online podcasts and supporting white papers are now available through Rotor & Wing’s parent website, www.aviationtoday.com. Rotor & Wing Editor-in-Chief Joy Finnegan moderates a discussion with Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) President Mike Atwood in “Night Vision Goggle Classification: Myths and Misconceptions.”...
November 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy has begun rotorcraft project testing using its new Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation (T-REX), a Bell UH-1N adapted for use in developing and testing new technology equipment. T-REX is a part of NAVAIR’s Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA), and headed by Brad Schieferdecker, associate director for technology development, and based at NAS...
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