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On November 11, 2013, a contractor-owned Bell 407 helicopter, operating under an Exclusive Use Contract, departed an oil platform enroute to the home airport with a pilot and a bureau employee on board (SAFECOM 14-0030). Approximately five minutes after takeoff, the engine chip Light illuminated and the pilot diverted to a nearby airport and performed a precautionary landing.

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abc.net.au - Australia's new army and navy helicopters have been proving difficult to start and stop in strong winds. The Defence Department has acknowledged there were problems with the MRH90 Taipans — a multi-role helicopter — during recent flight trials.

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Sanders County, Mont. (vp-mi.com) - Members of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) conducted helicopter awareness training throughout the morning of June 27.

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The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is asking all pilots to comment on the FAA's new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes increasing loggable simulator time toward an instrument rating from 10 hours to 20 hours. An earlier effort to implement the change with a FAA direct-to-final rule failed due to adverse comments from two pilots.

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North Port, Fla. (mysuncoast.com) – North Port first responders had a chance to test their skills when they took part in an emergency drill simulating a helicopter crash on Sarasota Memorial's helipad.

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DC-area pilots and flight instructors, the NTSB is hosting a seminar on lessons learned from investigations into instructional accidents. The seminar is free, but space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

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Operators need to be proactive and plan for medical transport/evacuation of injured personnel. The Dutch Creek incident in 2008 provides several lessons why it is important to plan in advance...

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England (Manchester Evening News) - An RAF helicopter landed at Manchester Airport, June 9, after experiencing technical problems. Manchester Airport confirmed it had reported a technical problem, which was dealt with by engineers at the airport.

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Australian Flying - The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has called on U.S. and European regulators to improve the safety of helicopter fuel systems.

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Australia (abc.net.au) - A crack has grounded a rescue helicopter in north Queensland. An engineer found the crack on the 'swashblade support', during a routine maintenance inspection on one of Townsville's State Government-owned rescue helicopters.

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