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Matt Zuccaro, President and CEO, HAI - I've noticed that when we talk about training in our industry, we tend to focus on the pilots. Don't get me wrong, pilot training is a cornerstone of HAI's safety initiatives. A pilot is the final safety gate for all flights, shouldering the ultimate responsibility for the safety of crew, passengers, and aircraft. But while we recognize the benefits of pilot training, it is shortsighted to think that training belongs only in the cockpit...

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The Guardian - Three Mexican soldiers were killed when gunmen opened fire on a military helicopter, forcing it to make an emergency landing in the western state of Jalisco.

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The U.S. Senate Finance Committee working groups are charging full speed ahead on their tax reform recommendations, with final recommendations due at the end of the month.

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India (dnaindia.com) - The poor visibility caused due to unsuitable weather conditions in certain susceptible areas over the Bombay High seas can lead to mid-air collision, fear helicopter pilots operating from Juhu airport.

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engadget.com - NASA's ten-engine UAV, dubbed the Greased Lightning (GL-10), recently showed off a slick new trick in the skies over Hampton, Virginia. The drone, which is under development by a team at the Langley Research Center, had already passed its initial hovering tests last August; but that was the easy part...

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A few occurrences of plastic aerial ignition spheres falling through the chutes while the feed control handles are closed have raised concerns for plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) operators. This issue has only been found to occur when using Aerostat, Inc. (PSDS, Inc.) plastic spheres and a small number of Premo MK III PSD machines.

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Alexandria, Va. - Please join HAI and the FAA for a free helicopter safety conference on Tuesday, June 2, at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pa.

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EASA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for Arriel 1E2 engines. Cases were reported of finding ruptured front support pins on Arriel 1E2 engines. The ruptured pins were detected either during accomplishment of a maintenance task or during inspection prompted by abnormal vibrations in flight.

The FAA's Engine Certification Office intends to write an Immediately Adopted Rule in response to this EASA AD. The justification is because of the very frequent inspection intervals that are mandated and the possibility that at least some engines in the United States have already exceeded 2,400 hours or will do so shortly.

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Chicago, Ill. – Helimotion has announced a breakthrough agreement with the brand new Vertiport Chicago helicopter facility.

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White Plains, N.Y. — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation announces appointment of industry veteran Paul Quaintance as vice president, sales and marketing.

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