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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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A recent incident involving a miss-rigged tether and gunner strap assembly occurred during aerial ignition operations and was communicated via SAFECOM 14-180. Post incident analysis revealed this was not an isolated event and that there were a few issues impacting the rigging.

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Scotland (Cumbernauld News) - The timescale for introducing safety changes to offshore helicopter flights has been changed following discussions with the industry. The installation of the improved Emergency Breathing System is being brought forward "significantly" by more than a year, the Civil Aviation Authority announced.

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Canterbury, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - A rescue helicopter carrying an intensive care patient has made an emergency landing in a Canterbury paddock. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.

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Washington, D.C. (General Aviation News) — The FAA and general aviation groups launch eight-month national safety campaign titled, "Got Weather? #GotWx," to help pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.

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