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September 30, 2016
In February, the Enstrom Helicopter N180TH, the prototype TH-180, experienced a mechanical problem and made a forced landing.   During the landing, the rotor struck a wooden utility pole destroying the main rotor blades. Investigation...
April 25, 2016
Conflicting information on airport traffic procedures and private-company operating rules appear to be among the factors the NTSB is reviewing in assessing the cause of a fatal 2014 midair collision between a flight school Robinson Helicopter R44 II and an airplane, according to safety board records released April 23.    The collision occurred about 1 mi southwest of Frederick Municipal Airport...
April 15, 2016
Helicopter flight instructor candidates in the U.S. no longer must demonstrate straight-in or 180-deg autorotations during their CFI practical tests, according to a March 22 FAA decision.    According to the agency's updated Flight Instructor Practical Test Standards (PTS) for Rotorcraft (Helicopter and Gyroplane), a designated pilot examiner may at his or her discretion accept a logbook...
March 23, 2016
Raj Helweg, chief pilot of Air Methods, has been named the new industry co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team. The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International...
February 26, 2016
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered an Alaska aviation company to pay years of back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages and to reinstate a pilot who had been suspended, then fired and ostracized among the close-knit industry for reporting safety concerns at work. Bald Mountain Air Services violated federal whistleblower laws with its actions against...
February 1, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday on a year-old push to reduce flight-training benefits for veterans, according to Helicopter Assn. International.   HAI said that previously proposed caps to VA flight training benefits have been rolled into H.R. 3016, a bill the assn. expects the House to address Feb. 2...
November 6, 2015
A new U.S. working group has six months to compare for the FAA the costs and benefits of requiring better occupant-protection provisions in all newly built helicopters. The aviation agency on Nov. 5 launched the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group as a subset of its Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee and charged it with producing a cost-benefits analysis report by May 5, 2016. The FAA in the...
October 30, 2015
Air Methods plans to upgrade its Airbus Helicopters H125s and H130s with crash-resistant fuel systems as soon as next year, according to a Denver TV station. KUSA said the Englewood, Colorado-headquartered company sent a statement that it "is committed to retrofitting 100% of our Airbus AS350/EC130...
June 25, 2015
“The bottom line is the autorotation remains a necessary skill” and all helicopter pilots need to maintain mastery of it, the head of Flight Operations for AgustaWestland Philadelphia told a recent briefing for 50 pilots and operators organized by the FAA Safety Team. The executive, Patrick McKernan, was one of...
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...
March 31, 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. According to the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and...
March 24, 2015
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions – which, according to the committee’s research, shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators. The committee also identified the following safety...
February 16, 2015
In a surprise announcement on Sunday morning, transportation authorities released a provisional ruling on the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta held a teleconference on February 15, announcing the release of the anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making...
January 30, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Association International (HAI) hosted a gathering of vertical lift industry representatives and government aviation officials to discuss a number of issues critical to the industry. More than 75 people gathered from across the country while more than 165 participated via a live streaming internet feed. The FAA's Lance Gant (left) and John Duncan (right) fielded questions...
October 3, 2014
The United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has added corrected its report on EC155 B1 (OY-HJJ) which lost control in the North Sea, November 6, 2013. The AAIB summary is as follows: “Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the helicopter entered a...
September 30, 2014
ARGUS International has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC), also known has the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, that recognizes ARGUS’s support of PSAAC as the official...
September 10, 2014
Some years ago, I believe it was 2009, I had written an article about safety in our offshore environment and how some of our flying activities were a bit out of the norm for everyday helicopter operations. I’m not going to rehash all of the daily problems we face operating in our hostile environment such as bird strikes, communications, blowouts, poison gas and crowded airspace, to name a few. One...
September 10, 2014
Australian aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has responded to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s (AHIA) criticisms of the proposed Part 61 (flight crew licensing) regulations, accusing the AHIA of being “wide of the mark” in a number of its claims. The new regulations are designed to bring Australia’s rules in line with International Civil...
September 5, 2014
We have all seen the statistics concerning laser strikes versus aircraft over the last few years. Reported laser strikes on aircraft in the U.S. have increased from 300 in 2005 to 3,900 in 2013. These strikes can range in severity from a significant distraction, to a safety hazard which could cause an accident or temporary to permanent damage to the flight crews’ eyes. I recently attended...
September 3, 2014
The information found in a pilot’s logbook and FAA records may not be an accurate reflection their proficiency and work history. Does PRIA see through the smoke and mirrors? Photo by Ernie Stephens In August 2010, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act changed the way the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) works and how the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) handles an airman’s...
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