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Recently, the pilot of a Bell 407 was providing bucket drops with a 100' longline when he discovered his bucket and longline was missing (SAFECOM 14-709). The pilot thought he may have inadvertently hit the emergency release button after the last drop. Forest Service Regional and National Maintenance Inspectors followed up on the issue and discovered the manufacture of the belly hook had issued a Service Bulletin in 2011 identifying this issue.

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offshoreenergytoday.com - After media reports claiming the helicopter was forced to land on the Talisman-operated platform in the North Sea, a Bristow Helicopter spokesperson dismissed the writings, saying that the landing was scheduled.

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 The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) regarding the use of advisory vertical guidance information in some flight management systems (FMS), multi-mode receivers (MMR), and GPS navigation equipment. Because of the way the FAA codes the information to indicate its advisory — rather than mandatory — nature may cause unintended consequences for some FMS, MMR, and GPS systems. Click "View Story" for the full SAIB.

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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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