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australiandefence.com.au - Technology to increase the chances of surviving helicopter accidents at sea has won the 2014 Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Eureka Prize in support of Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia.

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SunSentinel - A helicopter pilot landed on a levee in Everglades Holiday Park on Sept. 13 after briefly losing contact with an air-traffic-control tower.

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The US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) this week reported some promising safety numbers to start 2014. During the first seven months of the year, the accident rate for the US civilian helicopter fleet is more than 50% lower than the benchmark 2001-2005 time period. In addition, the rates of both fatal accidents and fatalities so far this year are down compared to last year.

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A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises that NATO grade F-24 jet fuel is acceptable for use on aircraft and engines certificated for operation with ASTM International D1655 grade Jet A fuel1, provided the fuel system icing inhibitor (FSII) concentration in the specific batch of F-24 fuel meets the aircraft's operating limitations pertaining to FSII.

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Recently, the pilot of a Bell 407 was providing bucket drops with a 100' longline when he discovered his bucket and longline was missing (SAFECOM 14-709). The pilot thought he may have inadvertently hit the emergency release button after the last drop. Forest Service Regional and National Maintenance Inspectors followed up on the issue and discovered the manufacture of the belly hook had issued a Service Bulletin in 2011 identifying this issue.

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offshoreenergytoday.com - After media reports claiming the helicopter was forced to land on the Talisman-operated platform in the North Sea, a Bristow Helicopter spokesperson dismissed the writings, saying that the landing was scheduled.

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 The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) regarding the use of advisory vertical guidance information in some flight management systems (FMS), multi-mode receivers (MMR), and GPS navigation equipment. Because of the way the FAA codes the information to indicate its advisory — rather than mandatory — nature may cause unintended consequences for some FMS, MMR, and GPS systems. Click "View Story" for the full SAIB.

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Vertical - Two recent events in which pilots of AS350 series helicopters may have taken off with their yaw servo hydraulic switches in the "off" position have prompted manufacturer Airbus Helicopters to issue a safety information notice for AS350 B3, AS550 C3, and AS355/AS555 aircraft equipped with dual hydraulic systems.

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news.stv.tv - An emergency breathing system designed to save lives in the event of a helicopter ditching has been introduced. The combination life-jacket and aqualung will replace the re-breather currently used aboard North Sea helicopters.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a two-day training in October "to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident."

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