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Air & Space Magazine - It's dark inside the half-submerged structure as my classmates and I follow instructors Ben Rayner and Shane Lucas into the gloom to pick our seats in this simulated UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter cabin. We've been advised that the underwater-escape problems will ratchet up in difficulty, to the point where we'll be flipped upside down, in darkness, and dealing with obstacles on the way out, but Rayner has also assured us that nobody's going to drown during this helicopter underwater-egress training...

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Thailand (Bangkok Post) - The 3rd Army Region grounded its eight Bell helicopters following the deadly crash in Phayao on Nov. 17, but army officials have reaffirmed their confidence in the aircraft.

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The HAI Safety Committee is once again asking your help to steer the conversation at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 Safety Town Hall Meeting. Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey on unlit towers. #SafetyTownHall #HAI_EXPO15

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Radio New Zealand - A coroner has recommended that rescue helicopters carry crotch straps after a man fell 3-5m while being rescued at sea.

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San Benito, Texas (San Antonio Express-News) - San Benito crop duster Clyde Kornegay spends a lot of time flying fast and low, applying insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides to the patchwork of cotton and sorghum fields dotting the eastern Rio Grande Valley. He's part of a class of pilots that are among the most talented, accustomed to maneuvering around subdivisions and avoiding trees and phone lines. Lately, though, a new obstacle has caught him and other Sun Valley Dusting Co. fliers off guard.

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arstechnica.com - The U.S. Coast Guard scrubbed two helicopter training missions in Michigan after the pilot and crew were hit with green laser beams. While no arrests have been made, flight rules require missions to be aborted if a crew member's vision is compromised.

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Industry and safety professionals interested in presenting at the CHC Safety & Quality Summit may now submit abstracts for the event. The 11th-annual summit will be held March 23-25 at the Westin Bayshore Resort in Vancouver.

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Russell, Kan. (krsl.com) - The Russell City Fire Department and Russell Regional Hospital will be sponsoring an Aerial Mutual Aid Drill, November 8 from 8:00 am to Noon. The scenario will involve a helicopter crashing into the third floor of the hospital. This exercise will focus on decision-making, coordination, and integration with other organizations during a helicopter crash.

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A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is being issued to alert operators and maintenance personnel of an airworthiness concern, specifically possible induced heading errors in systems using magnetic sensitive sensors such as magnetometers to provide heading information.

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Denver, Colo. (thedenverchannel.com) - Air One, the Denver Police Department's helicopter, landed in Washington Park after a reported "bird strike" on Nov. 1. The department confirmed it was standard procedure for a pilot to land after a suspected bird strike.

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