Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., has released its 2005 turbine business aircraft accident review. The 500-page report, available for $330, includes historical safety data as well as details of “each accident and incident reported worldwide” involving business jets, turboprops and turbine helicopters.
Right now more than 250 aircraft–the majority of them helicopters–are positioned around Spain, to address what everyone expects to be another busy summer of brush and forest fires. One of the country’s biggest contributors to this annual effort is Helisureste, based in Alicante on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The company has built a lot of experience in the field since its formation in 1984.
After spending five years flying Eurocopter’s EC 130B4 Ecureuil “EcoStar,” Dave Chevalier, president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, still thinks it’s the best choice for pleasing his air tourists and mitigating noise complaints, but he has candid criticisms about elements of the model’s operating costs and performance.
Further details have been announced about the future of the UK’s helicopter search-and-rescue service. From 2012, the Ministry of Defence and Maritime and Coastguard Agency will jointly manage a “harmonized” operation under a private finance initiative, with Royal Navy and Royal Air Force crews working alongside their civilian counterparts in common aircraft types.
Sikorsky will sell two S-76Ds to Premier Aviation Services of Ireland, for VIP and business travel use. Premier–the first European customer for the -D model–plans to operate its aircraft from Weston Airport outside Dublin.
Flight-tracking specialist OuterLink was presented an award during the American Helicopter Society symposium in Phoenix last month. The Harry T. Jensen Award recognizes its work in creating a monitoring system for the U.S. military that records the mechanical performance of a helicopter’s powertrain and transmits that information to ground officials while the aircraft is in flight.
Demand for engine oil and debris analysis from laboratories in Europe and the U.S. appears to be growing, as manufacturers and operators recognize the potential for such checks to diagnose a problem before it becomes an expensive maintenance issue.
The FAA last month closed a three-month comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend long-standing HIRF (high-intensity radiated fields) testing requirements for newly certified airplanes and helicopters.
Sikorsky S-76B, New York, Oct. 11, 2005–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the pilot flying to maintain adequate aft hover clearance from a fence, and the PIC’s delayed remedial action. A factor was the dark night.
Bell 206L-4 LongRanger, Washington, La., Dec. 30, 2005–The NTSB determined that the cause of a LongRanger accident was a collision with a bird, and said that with the pilot’s impaired vision, directional control was not possible.