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Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

Friday, March 11, 2011

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For a picture of a sloppy operation which ended tragically, look no further than the takeoff crash of a firefighting helicopter in California in 2008. The case involves the intentional falsification of weight documents, the...

Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Another Tilt-Rotor Crash Begs Question of Operational Suitability

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Despite all the talk about “jointness” among the armed services, an Air Force investigation into a fatal CV-22 tilt-rotor crash allows as how a translation error from Marine Corps documents meant the flight...

Windshield Not Resistant to Bird Strikes in Fatal Helicopter Crash

Windshield Not Resistant to Bird Strikes in Fatal Helicopter Crash

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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A bird weighing about 2.4 pounds hitting a cruising helicopter can inflict fatal damage, especially if the windshield isn’t certified to resist bird strikes. ...

Medical Helicopter Standards Proposed

Medical Helicopter Standards Proposed

Friday, October 22, 2010

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When the Congressional oversight committee issues a blanket statement of support for a proposed rule, one is left with the dismaying feeling the legislators don’t understand or don’t care. Such is the thought attendant...

Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

Helicopter Accident Reveals That ‘Safe’ Operation Was Shot Full of Holes

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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“Caution, Terrain” would have sounded in the cockpit fully seven seconds before the helicopter struck trees and ploughed into the ground, killing four persons aboard and adding injuries to the surviving of two patients being...

Accidents & Incidents 05.22.11 – 05.31.11

Tue, Jul 5, 2011 — Admin

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 Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 24 May Lakeville MN Scotts Helicopter Services Inc.-operated Bell 47G-3B-1 Reg: N96SH Helicopter was returning from a morning spraying flight when it crashed into a lake 1 Serious Helicopter was destroyed. 26 May Newton KS GM Leasing Co. LLC Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.15.11 – 05.21.11

Mon, Jun 20, 2011 — Admin

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  Foreign Accidents (Part 129) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 16 May Devon UNITED KINGDOM Robinson R44 Raven I Reg: G-GDOV Helicopter crash landed in the grounds of a hotel. 2 Minor Helicopter sustained substantial damage. 19 May Bern SWITZERLAND Mountain Flyers 80 Ltd – Kunert Aircraft Asset GbR-operated Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil Reg: HB-ZAM […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.08.11 – 05.14.11

Wed, Jun 1, 2011 — Admin

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  Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 12 May New Athens IL Couch Helicopter Service Inc. Bell OH-58C Kiowa Reg: N9263Y Helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances. 1 Fatal Helicopter was destroyed. 13 May Gulf Shores AL PHI Inc.-operated Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV Reg: N266P Helicopter crashed in close proximity […]

Accidents & Incidents 05.01.11 – 05.07.11

Fri, May 13, 2011 — Admin

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  General Aviation (Part 91) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 3 May Blue Springs NE Gyrocopter Reg: N103EB Gyrocopter ran into a telephone pole. 1 Fatal Gyrocopter was destroyed. Foreign Accidents (Part 129) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 1 May Hordaland Count NORWAY Robinson R22 Beta II Reg: LN-OZ Helicopter overturned and came to rest […]

Accidents & Incidents 04.10.11 – 04.30.11

Tue, May 3, 2011 — Admin

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  Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 30 April Indiana PA Penn Helicopter Robinson R44 Reg: N445AB Helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances. 4 Serious Helicopter was destroyed.   Foreign Accidents (Part 129) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 19 April Tawang INDIA Pawan Hans Helicopters-operated Mil Mi-172 (Mi-8MTV-3) Reg: VT-PHF […]

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