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Hawaii (Star Advertiser) - A helicopter made an emergency landing on Lanai June 13 after experiencing engine problems flying from Kona to Honolulu.

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Vertical - The United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch has made seven new safety recommendations related to the 2012 ditchings of two Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC225 Super Puma helicopters in the North Sea.

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As this year's wildfire season gets underway, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forestry Service have issued a safety bulletin reminding pilots of the dangers of rotor strikes — main and tail — and the situations and attitudes that can cause them.

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BBC - Trade unions in Norway have said replicating their model for offshore helicopter safety will not work in the UK unless more powers are given to workers.

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Vertical Magazine - To the general public, lightning would seem to present the biggest thunderstorm-related threat to aircraft. In reality, today's helicopters are designed to withstand lightning strikes while in the air. However, lightning strikes can still cause significant damage.

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The FBI announced this week that it is expanding nationwide a program that deters laser illuminations of aircraft by offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Sponsored jointly by the bureau, the FAA, and the Air Line Pilots Association, International, the reward program is intended to make people think twice before pointing a laser at an aircraft.

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Inadvertent entry into instrument meteorological conditions is one of the deadliest situations a helicopter pilot can face. The International Helicopter Safety Team and Airbus Helicopters have shared the story of an EMS pilot who survived such an encounter almost in spite of himself. Bravely, he decided to tell his tale so that others can learn from his experience.

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Halifax (canadianmanufacturing.com) — Nova Scotia's energy minister says he's satisfied with federal legislation aimed at improving safety in the offshore energy sector, even though it doesn't call for an independent safety agency, a measure he pushed for while in opposition.

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The European Helicopter Safety Team, part of the International Helicopter Safety Team, recently published a safety booklet on flying in hilly or mountainous terrain. The booklet explains weather phenomena unique to that type of terrain and offers mitigation techniques for operating in those areas.

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On April 25, 2014, at an offshore platform with an FAA RCAG, the new communication service provider performed an equipment/service cut-over without the knowledge of the FAA. The result was a complete loss of VHF communication between FAA's Houston Center and helicopters operating in the vicinity of the platform. This lasted for more than a week...

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