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A new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) alerts operators to recent incidents involving e-cigarettes in checked baggage and recommends carriage of such devices in the passenger cabin only.

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Washington Examiner - Poor management of its aircraft fleet's maintenance added $118 million in unnecessary spending by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and may have endangered some of its pilots. "Since 2009, the number of CBP aircraft maintained, annual flight hours and the average age of CBP's aircraft fleet decreased," the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General said.

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The HAI Safety Committee wants your input to steer the conversation at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 Safety Town Hall Meeting. Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey.

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AIN Online - Researchers may have found a way of revealing damage inside a helicopter's main gearbox sooner, thus possibly avoiding catastrophic failures such as the ones that crippled offshore rotorcraft between 2006 and 2013.

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eveningexpress.co.uk - A helicopter turned back after a warning light came on in the cockpit. The Sikorsky S-92A was travelling from Sumburgh to an offshore platform in the North Sea, with 16 people on board.

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The HAI Safety Committee wants your input to steer the conversation at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 Safety Town Hall Meeting. Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey.

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FAAST Blast Correction Notice: NOTC5797 – The FAAST Blast sent on Jan 14, 2015 contained an incorrect link to the FAA's Super Bowl XLIX Flight Advisory.

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dcmilitary.com - Scientists and engineers of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory Enroute Care and Airworthiness Division and Flight Systems Branch at Fort Rucker, Ala., recently tested an anti-rotational device that when used on a hoist cable is intended to reduce the spinning of a load when lifted from the ground to the helicopter.

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The HAI Safety Committee wants your input to steer the conversation at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 Safety Town Hall Meeting. Please take a moment to answer this one-question survey.

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(aviationpros.com) Dan Doepker, Chief Helicopter Instructor, Hillsboro Aero Academy - As the chief instructor for Hillsboro Aviation in Oregon and a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), I am in a position to help shape (in a small way) the future of our helicopter industry. In a recent discussion with another helicopter safety professional, we concluded that there are no new ways to crash helicopters and that pilots are not using the strongest resources we have for learning how to avoid accidents.

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