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Engineers have been called out to a North Sea oil platform after a helicopter was forced to return during a crew change. The Sikorsky S92 was heading to Scatsta Airport on Shetland from Brent Delta when the crew reported "airframe vibration."

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The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerting owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of the possibility of salt encrustation and engine performance degradation while operating the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. S-92A in a heavy salt spray environment.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is pleased to announce a new Helicopter Accident Investigation Course, to be held August 18-22, 2014, at the NTSB's Training Center in Ashburn, Va.

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Trade body Oil & Gas UK said April 9 that it believes that a timeline for recommendations proposed in the Civil Aviation Authority's helicopter safety review, published in February, "does not take into account the full risk picture for offshore workers."

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A BLACK HAWK helicopter has made a forced landing north-west of Sydney after sending out a distress call just after 7pm on April 9. The helicopter, believed to be from the Richmond RAAF base, sent out a pan-pan alert just before it landed in a field at Wisemans Ferry. A pan-pan alert signals a matter of urgency on an aircraft but is one step below mayday given there is no immediate danger to life.

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When you find yourself in a hurry, take time to stop and re-evaluate the situation. Time pressures (either perceived or real) often impairs our ability to exercise sound judgment or fully understand the situation.

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Fresno, Calif. (KFSN) - It may seem like child's play, but laser strikes on helicopters and planes are becoming one of the most common dangers to pilots, so the FBI and federal prosecutors are cracking down. Pilots and prosecutors say the problem is getting worse, but they're taking action.

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Victoria, Australia (theherald.com.au) - A near-miss between a Westpac rescue helicopter and a drone is under investigation by safety authorities. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will interview the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service crew involved in the incident, which occurred near the crew's Broadmeadow base.

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San Bernardino County, Calif. (pe.com) - Pilots flying over the Ivanpah solar energy plant in northeast San Bernardino County have complained of "nearly blinding" glare from the sun's reflection off fields of mirrors. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generation System is the largest of its kind in the world. The plant uses 173,500 garage door-sized mirrors to track the sun and reflect it onto boilers in three 459-foot towers.

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In this exclusive seminar, sponsored by AOPA Air Safety Foundation and the FAASTeam, enjoy an in-depth briefing on procedures for instrument approaches during the critical phase of flight while intercepting and obtaining clearances for an approach. This will include examining critical decision making for executing missed procedures. Don't miss this exciting opportunity!

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