The cause of the February 22 crash of a Eurocopter AS 350 operated by EagleMed is still under investigation. Two of three people on board–the pilot and a flight nurse–died in the 5:45 a.m. crash near Wiley Post Airport (PWA). Witnesses pulled the accident’s lone survivor from the wreckage before a fire destroyed the remainder of the machine, which was on an emergency medical mission.
New data released by the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) shows that the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. has declined since 2009. During the three-year period from 2007 to 2009, there were 466 helicopter accidents in the country. For the past three years, from 2010 through 2012, there were 411 U.S. accidents. However, the data also shows that the number of helicopter accidents involving personal/private flying increased during the same time period. Within the 2007-09 span, 21 percent of total U.S.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said that while the continent’s accident rate has remained more or less under control, the agency remains concerned about its ability to maintain the current level of safety when traffic is expected to nearly double by 2030.
U.S. government budget sequestration is expected to be a significant issue for the FAA going forward, according to John Duncan, deputy director of Flight Standards. Speaking at the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Safety Symposium on February 27, he said the agency has had to look where cuts could be achieved without compromising safety. “We had to look at cuts in a number of areas,” Duncan told the group.
In an expanded display for Heli-Expo ’13, LifeBlanket (Booth No. 2313) is displaying its original Pocket Rescue Bivy ultralight emergency shelter, Tech Tarp Personal Survival Equipment and original Cowboy Blankets, along with its updated +LifeBlanket patient-packaging systems and modular FR ANSI safety vests.
LifeBlanket, based in Colorado, manufactures all-weather patient packaging for medical transport, disaster response, personal emergency and search-and-rescue gear.
The Medallion Foundation is focused on changing the culture and attitude of commercial air operators and pilots flying in Alaska. The verdict? So far, so good. Fatal controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents among commercial air carriers have been reduced 57 percent from 2000 to 2009, according to a paper recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The Flight Safety Foundation is highlighting rotorcraft topics at Heli-Expo. “Our mission is to be advocates of the best aviation safety practices in the world,” said president and CEO Kevin Hiatt. “Based on what we’re observing at the foundation, we need to understand more about helicopter operations as a whole and to foster a safety-centric culture.”
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A Europe-wide proposed regulation, combined with a lack of response from national authorities, will have a serious impact on the financial viability of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in France, according to Union Française de l’Hélicoptère (UFH). The lobbying association warns that the likely requirement for a second flight crewmember would create a costly burden and do nothing to benefit the missions French HEMS operators are allowed to perform.
Since when is an Emergency AD used to ground an aircraft fleet, as it has been in the case of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? First off, let me be clear that if anything good can be said of the Boeing Dreamliner nightmare it’s that no one had to die before the FAA would take definitive action to ground the 787 until its battery fire problems could be investigated properly.