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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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Wichita Business Journal - A helicopter operated by Wichita-based EagleMed LLC made a precautionary landing June 23 just west of Texarkana, Texas, after the pilot noticed an as-yet unspecified mechanical problem.

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The FAA has published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the statutory special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The guidance comes after recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds of people.

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Leray, N.Y. (northernny.twcnews.com) - Two Fort Drum soldiers were forced to make an emergency landing after the helicopter they were flying started experiencing transmission issues.

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SAFECOM reporting is a critical component of safety programs. Early identification, correction and reporting of hazards can save time, money, and most importantly, lives. A new SAFECOM Mobile Web App will provide a simpler, easier way to submit SAFECOMs from the field.

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Hawaii (Star Advertiser) - A helicopter made an emergency landing on Lanai June 13 after experiencing engine problems flying from Kona to Honolulu.

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Vertical - The United Kingdom Air Accidents Investigation Branch has made seven new safety recommendations related to the 2012 ditchings of two Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC225 Super Puma helicopters in the North Sea.

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As this year's wildfire season gets underway, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forestry Service have issued a safety bulletin reminding pilots of the dangers of rotor strikes — main and tail — and the situations and attitudes that can cause them.

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