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February 25, 2014 - 6:20pm

Deliveries of the Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3/P3, an upgraded variant of the EC135 light twin, will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, instead of early 2014 asannounced last year,according to an Airbus Helicopters spokesperson.

The new helicopter offers several improvements over the current EC135 T2i/P2i, yielding a 66-pound increase in mtow and improved hot/high performance–an additional 440 pounds of payload at about 5,000 feet, ISA+20.

February 25, 2014 - 3:20pm
Airbus Helicopter Appereo

Airbus Helicopters plans to progressively equip all its models with a cockpit imaging and flight data monitoring (FDM) system, in a bid to improve safety with an affordable system. All 181 AS350 AStar/Ecureuil light singles delivered last year were equipped with the device, developed with Appareo Systems (Booth No. 329). Next in line for the FDM installation are the EC130T2 light single and the EC135 light twin.

February 24, 2014 - 2:45pm

The continuing investigation into the crash of an Airbus Helicopters EC135T2i in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 29 last year has yet to explain why pumps that would have transferred fuel from the aircraft’s main tanks to its supply tanks were not activated. An interim report by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that both of the aircraft’s fuel transfer pumps were found in the “off” position after the fatal crash.

February 24, 2014 - 2:40pm

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation committee has expressed concerns to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general about air traffic controller productivity. Since 2000, the number of air traffic controllers has increased slightly, while the number of air traffic operations has declined by 23 percent. The House committee wants the IG to study productivity during a period of reduced air traffic.

February 24, 2014 - 2:35pm

Aviation Performance Systems (APS) has introduced an iPad app designed to allow pilots to make better use of upset recovery training. Loss of control in flight is the leading cause of transport-category aircraft accidents worldwide.

February 24, 2014 - 2:30pm

France’s BEA air accident investigation agency has released its serious incident report into the loss of control of an Air France Boeing 777 on November 11 while it was flying a Category III approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. During a go-around, the aircraft came within 63 feet of the ground before it established a positive climbout. The BEA said the pilot flying–the 14,370-hour captain–failed to execute the go-around according to Boeing procedures.

February 24, 2014 - 2:25pm

On February 20, the FAA issued a far-reaching final rule that will require helicopter operators, including air ambulance services, to abide by stricter flight rules and procedures that better prepare both pilots and helicopters for safer operations. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations.

February 24, 2014 - 2:20pm

A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Nepal Airlines crashed at around 1 p.m. local time on February 16 on a domestic flight from Pokhara to Jumla. All 18 people on board were killed. The Twin Otter departed Pokhara at 12:43 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Jumla an hour later. A search that began after the aircraft was declared overdue found the wreckage the next morning at the 7,000-foot terrain level.

February 24, 2014 - 2:15pm

Federal investigators are combing through the wreckage of a Beechcraft King Air B100 that crashed on February 19 while on approach to Pearland Regional Airport 17 miles south of Houston, Texas. Only the pilot was on board the aircraft when it reportedly overshot the runway during the first landing attempt in foggy weather. The aircraft crashed during a subsequent attempt to land visually.

February 24, 2014 - 2:10pm

The NBAA said March 1 is the application deadline for its annual Flying Safety award program, which recognizes member companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Awards will be presented this October at the association’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

 
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