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Vertical - Two recent events in which pilots of AS350 series helicopters may have taken off with their yaw servo hydraulic switches in the "off" position have prompted manufacturer Airbus Helicopters to issue a safety information notice for AS350 B3, AS550 C3, and AS355/AS555 aircraft equipped with dual hydraulic systems.

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news.stv.tv - An emergency breathing system designed to save lives in the event of a helicopter ditching has been introduced. The combination life-jacket and aqualung will replace the re-breather currently used aboard North Sea helicopters.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a two-day training in October "to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident."

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EQUIPMENT ADVISORY: Cleaning of AWOS Ceilometer and Visibility Sensors. There is a critical need for platform personnel to clean the AWOS optics daily. Weekly or 'periodic' cleaning has proven to be unsatisfactory in the offshore environment. Daily cleaning of sensitive AWOS optics is essential for accurate, up-to-date weather reporting.

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OpSpec C300, 14 CFR Part 97 NDB, NDB/DME, VOR, and VOR/DME Instrument Approach Procedures Using Substitute Means of Navigation. This document provides notification of changes to operations specification (OpSpec) C300 templates for operations under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 121, 121/135, and 135.

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Rotor & Wing - The UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopter accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities.

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Tanahun District, Nepal (nepalnews.com) - A helicopter belonging to Simrik Airlines made an emergency landing at Bhanu VDC-1 of Tanahun district, July 4, due to bad weather.

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Last year, Eurocopter issued an Airworthiness Directive, AD 2013-23-9, for AS350 and AS355 model helicopters to modify the sliding door assembly. An operator discovered a missing nut on the lower ball-joint assembly that caused the door to come loose and fall off in flight. They also found the nut on the opposite door was only hand tight. Eurocopter issued the modification to add a new lock-washer and nut to prevent the retaining nut from backing off.

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Good Intentions + Lack of Knowledge = Fatal Consequences. Substituting a recommended compound with a non-recommended compound can have unintentional consequences.

 

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Recently, a private citizen launched a DJI Phantom unmanned aircraft in order to acquire video of the Two Bulls fire approximately 10 miles northwest of Bend, Oregon. Although the aircraft remained outside of the TFR, it serves as a reminder that this emerging hazard is becoming more common due to their reduction in cost and the public's interest in fire and natural disasters.

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