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June 24, 2013
Atlantic Aero of Greensboro, N.C. and Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft have obtained AS9110 quality system certifications, making all three of...
May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 17, 2013
Air Methods subsidiary United Rotorcraft has obtained AS9100 Rev. C certification, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)'s aviation industry standard for...
May 7, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a total of nine new recommendations following the investigation of an August 2011 Eurocopter AS350 B2 crash in Mosby, Mo. Four people died in the accident. NTSB determined that four factors contributed to the crash—training, fatigue, the pilot being distracted from multitasking including sending personal text messages, and taking off...
May 1, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and...
May 1, 2013
In 1998 at the Heli Japan Conference held in Gifu, Japan, I attended a presentation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on what they thought future heliport design criteria should include. For instance, at that time the FAA was pushing a 4,800-foot straight line approach at a 3-degree slope. That means you would start the approach 4,800 feet from the pad 250 feet above the heliport. Until...
April 24, 2013
Bond Aviation has formally recognized Engineering Manager John Crowther and HUMS Engineer Sean Newlands for receiving the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Moral Courage award in March. The Bond technicians shared the first-time award with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, who faced the tough decision of abandoning a rescue mission due to high risk. Luke Farajallah, managing...
April 22, 2013
Three years after entering FAA's voluntary Safety Management Systems (SMS) pilot project, Metro Aviation has entered Level III of the program.   SMS is recognized by the U.S. Joint Planning...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
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...
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo in early March. TSI’s D Smith noted that “for the first time ever, we’re going to present an award to...
March 19, 2013
Walking through the long hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center during HAI’s Heli-Expo in early March, I didn’t have to go far to see some sort of ongoing safety event. Whether it was a class on accident prevention, HFACS or safety management systems (SMS), the show was overwhelmingly conspicuous with safety awareness. I was impressed with the number of members who wanted to learn more...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 4, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team, or IHST (Booth C1103) has released new figures that show the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. continued to trend downward...
March 1, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth N3712) plans to discuss the progress of its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo. The helicopter has received a total of 35 orders through early 2013, with deliveries targeted to begin in 2015. The company will announce the appointment of one distributor and representative for the Asia-Pacific region, according to Mathias Senes, commercial and strategy director. “We are working very...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
February 1, 2013
The conscientious helicopter pilot is almost always engaged in active accommodation of at least two completely separate sets of safety challenges. The first, of course, is the actual accomplishment of physical safety. The licensing and qualification mechanisms conventionally observed in U.S. helicopter operations ensure that legitimately experienced pilots are expected to be technically competent to safely...
February 1, 2013
As you may have heard, we recently lost a crew of fellow police aviators. Officers Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley of the Atlanta Police Department went down in their OH-6 on Nov. 3 at approximately 2230 hours while searching for a missing nine-year-old. Wires were involved, but as of this writing it’s unclear if those lines caused the accident, or if they were struck because their...
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 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
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