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Urgent Winter Helicopter Operations Bulletin
Friday, January 18, 2013 (2704 reads)


As a continued emphasis on rotorcraft and icing conditions, the FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerting owners and operators of turboshaft-powered rotorcraft of the possibility of inflight engine loss of power due to the ingestion of ice and/or snow.



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Change in Rating: Repair Stations that Maintain NVGs
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (4893 reads)


The FAA has issued a change in rating for repair stations that maintain night vision goggles. This notice explains to airworthiness aviation safety inspectors a different rating.



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SAFO 13002, Manual Flight Operations
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 (3437 reads)


A recent analysis of flight operations data identified an increase in manual handling errors. The Federal Aviation Administration believes maintaining and improving the knowledge and skills for manual flight operations is necessary for safe flight operations.



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ATSAP Briefing Sheet to Pilots
Thursday, January 03, 2013 (2301 reads)


ATC is sharing a Briefing Sheet, normally issued only to airline pilots, to General Aviation pilots as well. ATC wishes that pilots are aware of the problems caused by not reading back their call sign.



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SAIB: Robinson Tank Bladder
Thursday, December 27, 2012 (3225 reads)


A new Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts owners and operators of the availability of a fuel tank bladder retrofit program for enhanced safety on Robinson Model R44 and R44 II helicopters.



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SAIB: Aspen Avionics Multifunction Displays
Thursday, December 13, 2012 (2647 reads)


A new Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises owners and operators of Aspen Avionics EFD1000 and EFD500 Multifunction Displays of an unintentional reset occurring in certain display modes when there are a large number of Temporary Flight Restrictions.



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Night vision Goggles Show New World to Helicopter Pilots
Monday, November 26, 2012 (790 reads)


Kansas City, Mo. (The Kansas City Star) - Kansas City police helicopter pilots had gotten used to flying blind at night. But when they started training this month with night vision goggles, a whole new world emerged.



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Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference October Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (2435 reads)


The next meeting of the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference will be held Oct. 3-4, 2012, in Houston, Texas.



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PFDs: Helicopter Water Bucket & Snorkel Operations
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (2532 reads)


Recent contract compliance audits and ASTAT visits revealed that Personal Floatation Devices are not being worn during operations that would require an approved flotation device.



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Robinson Pilot Safety Training: Essential for Reducing Risks
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (748 reads)


Rotor & Wing safety columnist visits Robinson plant for a first-hand look at the facilities in Torrance, Calif.



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Clearance from Obstacles During External Load Operations
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (2978 reads)


During the last two seasons there have been several rotor blade strikes involving longline or water delivery operations. Consistent with each of these blade strikes was the presence of trees, snags, brush, or other obstacles within the safety circle of the aircraft.



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Safety
Aviation Fuel Contamination
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (3006 reads)


In June of this year, an engine failed as the pilot was taxiing a float configured aircraft for takeoff. Unable to restart the engine, the pilot sumped one wing drain and found the sump cup to be full of water.



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Decision Making for Single-Pilot Helicopter Operations
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (2778 reads)


The European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team, a component of the European Helicopter Safety Team, has developed a new leaflet on rotorcraft decision making.



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Aerial Supervision: Wildland Fire Aviation Operations
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (2618 reads)


Several areas are experiencing significant fire activity requiring multiple types of aircraft within confined Fire Traffic Areas. As a result, many challenges face proper aerial supervision during initial and extended attack incidents.



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Safety Alert: Aviation Radio Frequencies
Friday, August 17, 2012 (3332 reads)


The demand for aviation radio frequencies is exceeding the available supply in various geographic areas. The NIFC National Interagency Incident Communications Division, Communications Duty Officer is often unable to fill some requests due to the limited availability of frequencies within a specific area.



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Safety
2nd Annual LifeFlight Eagle Safety Symposium
Friday, August 17, 2012 (3335 reads)


LifeFlight Eagle will host a free two-day symposium from Sept. 19-20 covering a range of relevant topics for pilots, medical crew members, communication center employees, as well as management team members.



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Osprey Flights over Japan to be Minimized
Friday, August 17, 2012 (975 reads)


MSNBC - The U.S. Marine Corps' top uniformed officer plans to curb MV-22 Osprey transport flights over heavily populated parts of Japan in deference to local concerns over the hybrid aircraft's safety.



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Seeing Beneath the Surface: NDT for Helicopters
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (727 reads)


Rotor & Wing - Nondestructive testing (NDT) of helicopters via ultrasonics is an essential facet of any maintenance and manufacturing program. NDT is a cost-effective way to quality check rotorcraft components and structures for defects, thickness, cracks, flaws and other problems without tearing apart your helicopter to access them.



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ASRS Reports Sought for Safety Studies
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (866 reads)


AOPA - NASA has asked general aviation pilots to participate in two special studies (the Meteorological and Aeronautical Information Services Data Link and Applications Study, and the Wake Vortex Encounter Study) it is conducting with the FAA based on data collected through the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).



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Keep Cloud Height and Visibility Sensor Lenses Clean!
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (2764 reads)


Automated Weather Observation Station equipment installed under the FAA's Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) program consists of a number of major system components. Ceilometer and visibility sensors require periodic cleaning of the glass lenses.



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Safety
Bell Helicopter: Passenger Door "Push Out" Window
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 (2640 reads)


The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin to inform owners and operators of Bell Helicopter Model 205A-1, 205B, 212, 412/EP, 412CF and all restricted category UH-1B, UH-1H helicopters of the potential risk of the in-flight loss of an emergency "push out" window from the passenger doors.



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Safety
SAFO 12003, SOP for 14 CFR Part 135 and Part 91K
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (2693 reads)


SAFO 12003, Standard Operating Procedures for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 Certificate Holders and Part 91K Program Managers, is now published.



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Safety
Lights Help Prevent Birdstrikes
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (2629 reads)


AVweb - Aircraft lights make it easier for birds to see and avoid aircraft, possibly helping to reduce the risk of bird strikes, according to a report recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.



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Arizona Copter Crash: Downed Cable Line Found
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (3248 reads)


The Republic - Federal investigators found a downed cable line at the scene of a helicopter crash in the Verde River that killed all four people aboard.



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Safety
Fatigue in Aviation Operations
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (3128 reads)


Indications from SAFECOM submissions, and interviews with pilots and air operations personnel have surfaced concerns regarding fatigue which requires risk management. During times of increased operational tem-po, it is important for everyone to keep in mind how fatigue can affect personal performance.



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IHST Offering 11 “Toolkits” to Curtail Helicopter Accidents
Monday, July 02, 2012 (2915 reads)


The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a worldwide organization leading a multi-year effort to reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has increased its library of safety tools, with 11 documents now available to operators, pilots, instructors, and mechanics.



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Safety Concerns Regarding Firefighting Heliwells
Thursday, June 28, 2012 (925 reads)


 With the wildfire season in full swing, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service have issued an Interagency Aviation Technical Bulletin regarding the use of heliwells to refill helicopters being used for aerial firefighting. The technical bulletin deals with the hazard of snorkels used in the refilling operation snagging on the portable sites.



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Limitations of In-Cockpit Weather Radar Displays
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (2599 reads)


The NTSB has issued a safety alert warning pilots using in-cockpit FIS-B and Satellite Weather display systems that the NEXRAD "age indicator" can be misleading.



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Helicopter Cargo Hauling Equipment
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (2537 reads)


Some helicopter cargo hauling equipment may fail to meet strength standards, compromising safety. During an external cargo operation, an empty net and swivel dislodged during flight, resulting in an uncommanded dropped load.



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Vibrations from Rooftop Helipads
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (916 reads)


Healthcare Building Ideas - In buildings with rooftop heliports, there is a possibility that vibrations induced by helicopters could affect sensitive equipment on the uppermost floors of the building. If one wants to predict the helicopter-induced vibrations to evaluate potential disturbance, then the dynamic forces exerted by the helicopter’s downwash need to be known.



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Lithium Batteries: Thermal Runaway
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 (2843 reads)


Lithium batteries fall under hazardous materials regulations due to their potential to overheat and ignite in certain conditions, and the difficulty to extinguish fire.



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Bourdon Snap Hooks Model 1210 BE
Monday, June 04, 2012 (3252 reads)


Beginning in March of 2012, the USDA Forest Service Helicopter Rappel Program initi-ated a global replacement of its inventory of Bourdon 1210 BH locking snap hooks with a new model of snap hook, the Bourdon 1210 BE.



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Safety
Wind Effects on Idling Rotorcraft
Friday, June 01, 2012 (3142 reads)


In September, 2011 a Eurocopter AS-350BA sustained substantial damage after winds caused the aircraft to lift up and roll over on a ridgeline despite the engine operating at idle RPM.



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