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Accidents & Incidents 10.01.09 – 10.22.09

Monday, November 23, 2009 — Admin

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Accidents and incidents, 1-22 November.

What Causes Helicopter Accidents?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 — David Evans

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Helicopter accidents occur for a variety of reasons, usually resulting from a penetration of more than one layer of safety defenses. The barriers to an accident are often described as slices of Swiss cheese, where a breach is described as a hole in the cheese. When one or more holes line up, enabling a concatenation […]

Significant Regulatory & Other Activity For Helicopters

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 — David Evans

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Significant regulatory activity includes: (1) Emergency Airworthiness Directive for Sikorsky S-92 helicopters

Calm Urged Until Hudson Mid-Air Is Thoroughly Investigated

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 — David Evans

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A letter from two influential pilots’ organizations to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt discourages any rash reactions to the mid-air collision 8 August between a light plane and a sightseeing helicopter in New York City’s Hudson River corridor, which resulted in nine deaths. “Acting precipitously, without all the facts, may have unintended consequences while failing to […]

Helicopters: What You Get With No Runways

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 — David Evans

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Helicopters: What You Get With No Runways

The aviation industry as we know it today is possible because of a technology dating back to the Romans: concrete. A slab of concrete two miles or more in length makes it possible for passenger and cargo jets to get into the air and land safely. When runways aren’t available, the flying machine is compromised, […]

Helicopter Accidents & Incidents 10.01.09 – 10.18.09

Thursday, November 12, 2009 — David Evans

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Helicopter Accidents and incidents for 1-18 October.

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

Thursday, November 12, 2009 — Admin

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

“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 evacuated for medical treatment. But the Maryland State Police (MSP) medical evacuation helicopter was not equipped with TAWS (Terrain Awareness […]

Safety of Helicopter Ambulance Operations to be The Subject of Public Hearing

Friday, November 6, 2009 — David Evans

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Based on an unprecedented helicopter ambulance accident record in 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will host a 4-day public hearing, commencing 3 February at 9 a.m., exploring virtually all aspects of helicopter EMS (emergency medical services) operations. It is obvious that NTSB special studies in 2006 and earlier, in 1988, and the resulting […]

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

Friday, November 6, 2009 — David Evans

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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 evacuated for medical treatment. But the Maryland State Police (MSP) medical evacuation helicopter was not equipped with TAWS (Terrain Awareness […]

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