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The FAA manages all aviation Air-to-Air AM frequencies for all Airtanker Bases and 123.975 MHz is usually assigned for this purpose. Occasionally, this frequency may not be available at a given location.

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Sligo, Ireland (irishmirror.ie) - Thugs tried to 'blind' a helicopter pilot with a laser pen March 13 as he searched for the body of a missing man.

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Following the Iron 44 accident, one of the recommendations from the NTSB was to add "Basic Weather Information" to the manifest form and document weather conditions at the time for each flight. The Interagency Helicopter Passenger/Cargo Manifest form contains Pressure Altitude and Outside Air Temperature as identified in the IHOG, Appendix A (HCM-9).

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Monmouthshire, Wales (The Telegraph) - The boys at Monmouth School, in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales, are given a surprise treat when a warning light forces an Apache helicopter to land immediately.

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It has been reported that there are errors in the naming convention in the Southwestern Interagency Coordination Center. The specific error is in NM03 Zone (Southwestern New Mexico) with two specific frequencies that have tones associated with those frequencies.

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Robinson Helicopter has issued a safety alert for its R44 main rotor blade, part C016-7 (also referred to as Dash-7 blades).

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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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The decision to ground Robinson R44 series helicopters following a fatal crash last week is the largest-scale grounding of aircraft in New Zealand's aviation history.

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The U.S Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service Interagency Aviation safety managers have just issued a new Lessons Learned document on helicopter load management that chronicles an accident chain rife with opportunities for improvement.

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The HAI Safety Committee wants your input to steer the conversation at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 Safety Town Hall Meeting. Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey.

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