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July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
April 21, 2014
The Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation reports that its Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) program has been meeting with great success in the helicopter community. Flight Safety Foundation's vision to see "an international civil helicopter community with zero accidents" is what drives BARS. BARS was developed three years ago to provide a uniform, objective method for evaluating an...
April 8, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and compares the...
April 1, 2014
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Safety Management System (SMS) is the new standard of safety management programs that has officially been approved by the FAA for use in aviation operations. Right now, its use is mandatory for Part 121 air carriers but for the rotary wing community it is voluntary and recommended but not mandatory. FAA Advisory Circular...
February 28, 2014
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior air safety investigator...
February 27, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
February 7, 2014
Source: Baldwin Aviation Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as its safety management system (SMS) provider for all AMGH subsidiaries. Texas-based AMGH...
January 10, 2014
Safety Management Systems (SMS) is expanding its international oil and gas training courses to include Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) approved...
October 1, 2013
An accident investigation recently revealed once again – this time in the densest of urban settings – that helicopters are marvelous as aircraft, but are thoroughly misplaced when forced into unsolicited duty as boats. Most helicopter designs feature lots of machinery located topside, which usually produces a dramatic tendency for the aircraft to roll inverted almost any time the surface of...
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...
September 25, 2013
Outside of Helitech, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it is to review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter...
September 1, 2013
Details are coming together for the 2014 version of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium, scheduled to take place Feb. 27-28 after Heli-Expo...
August 23, 2013
NASA is teaming up with FAA to improve helicopter airframe designs, as the two agencies are planning to crash test a helicopter fuselage next week in an effort to assess the reliability of lightweight composite airframes.      (CH-46 fuselage during a pre-test dry run. Photo, courtesy of NASA/Langley/David C. Bowman.)   The drop test will occur Wednesday at NASA's...
August 8, 2013
Details are coming together for the 2014 version of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium, scheduled to take place Feb. 27-28 after Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson and NTSB...
August 7, 2013
Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods has purchased 150 Vision 1000 flight data monitoring (FDM) devices from Appareo Systems of Fargo, N.D. The helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) supplier will...
August 1, 2013
Hubi-Fly Robinson R44 landing during  Helidays 2011 in Gmunden, Austria. In following up last year’s effort with Part Two of the Rotorcraft Training Guide (see 2012 Guide for Part 1), we look outside the U.S. to the rest of the world, including other countries located in Europe, Middle East, sub Saharan continent and bordering the Pacific region. They include the satellite facilities of the...
August 1, 2013
As this column is started, news reports of one more fatal EMS helicopter accident are being released, and the early details of yet another tragedy already seem uncomfortably familiar. Many will remember Bill Murray’s 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” which told the story of a comical television weatherman who somehow found himself imprisoned in an odd pattern of time/event repetition, from...
July 17, 2013
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts is partnering with aviation consulting firm The Squadron to offer operational risk management (ORM) training for operators that use night vision goggles (NVGs). The one or two-day course applies to pilots, tactical...
July 16, 2013
As one that has been in the safety management business for a very long time, I always wondered what we could do to promote safety beyond the many tools that enhance safety in organizations. I’m sure we all agree that we need additional forms of safety promotion. Enter the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP), which does exactly that. ISSP is a newly formed organization of safety...
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