Helicopter

January 2, 2013 - 4:25am

Preliminary Report: Brazilian Jet Overruns Runway

Cessna Citation CJ3, São Paulo (SBSP), Brazil, Nov. 11, 2012–The captain of a Cessna Citation CJ3 was seriously injured as the aircraft ran off the end of 4,700-foot-long Runway 35R at São Paulo Congonhas Airport. The first officer and lone passenger sustained only minor injuries. Witnesses said the aircraft bounced high into the air a number of times before coming to rest against an airport fence, reportedly after the brakes failed. There was no post-crash fire.

January 2, 2013 - 4:05am

Preliminary Report: King Air Crash Kills Two

Beechcraft King Air C90, Springdale, Ark., Nov. 1, 2013–The private pilot and passenger were killed when the turboprop twin hit terrain four miles southeast of Springdale Municipal Airport. The aircraft was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed before the Part 91 flight departed Pine Bluff Airport headed to the northwest at approximately 5 p.m. The flight was apparently headed for Bentonville.

January 1, 2013 - 5:10am

In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To improve his chances of immortality, his mother, Thetis, took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But Thetis held Achilles by the heel… The rest of the myth is well known. If the mother of the helicopter concept ever dipped it into the River Styx, she probably held it by the main gearbox.

January 1, 2013 - 3:35am

Eurocopter’s ubiquitous light single, the AS350B3e Ecureuil/AStar, is subject to airspeed limits and repetitive inspections as a result of an early-October emergency service bulletin and accompanying airworthiness directive (AD). The helicopter is now limited to 100 knots airspeed at sea level to reduce dynamic loads on the tail rotor. In addition, repetitive inspections must be conducted, with maximum intervals of three flight hours, on the laminated half-bearings.

January 1, 2013 - 1:55am
Quest Helicopter exhibited a full-size AVQ mockup at the Dubai 2011 airshow.

The first flight of the Quest Helicopters AVQ light twin has slipped by half a year, to “August or September” this year. A prototype aircraft is said to be almost ready to fly, even as the company shifts its focus from the four-seater to a larger 10- to 15-passenger version.

December 17, 2012 - 2:35pm

A Eurocopter BK117 operated as an emergency medical service (EMS) flight by Air Methods crashed into a farmer’s field near Compton, Ill., at about 8 p.m. on December 11. The three people on board–the pilot and two flight nurses–were killed. There were no patients on board at the time of the accident. The crash occurred shortly after the pilot radioed he was returning to base due to poor weather where light snow had been reported. The helicopter was registered to Rockford Memorial Hospital, located 90 miles northwest of Chicago.

December 14, 2012 - 12:38pm
Boeing Unmanned Little Bird

Boeing said on December 13 that it demonstrated an unmanned Little Bird helicopter for the Republic of Korea Army. The MD 500 variant flew for about 25 minutes at the army’s aviation school in Nonsan, South Korea.

December 10, 2012 - 2:36pm

The 2006 goal of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was bold: reduce helicopter accidents by 80 percent by 2016. Unfortunately, rotorcraft accident numbers have not dropped as precipitously as those of commercial transport aircraft.

“We are not finding new ways to kill people in helicopters,” an IHST representative told AIN. “We are making the same mistakes over and over again.”

December 10, 2012 - 1:45pm

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating the cause of a December 5 helicopter accident in Central Alberta that claimed the life of the pilot. The Robinson R44 came down in a heavily wooded area eight miles southwest of the town of Slave Lake, some 150 miles northwest of Edmonton. The crash site was so densely forested that rescuers had to cut a landing pad into a nearby hillside to reach the wreckage.

December 5, 2012 - 1:25am

Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has received $74 million from the UK Government Regional Growth Fund to help develop the AW609 civil tiltrotor and future tiltrotor designs. AW said it will work with the National Composites Centre, the University of Liverpool and key UK suppliers on the program. The tiltrotor is slated for certification in 2016. AgustaWestland said it would contribute more than $87 million to the program.

 
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