Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., announced on Tuesday it had completed the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC requirements for its Powerline Detection System on a Eurocopter AS 355F2. Official issuance of the STC is expected later this month. The helicopter used in the flight tests is operated by Paris-based Trans Helicopter Service, which will market and distribute the system in Europe.
Annual U.S. turbine helicopter accidents for singles and twins dropped slightly last year, a reflection of an improving safety picture combined with steady, or possibly slightly declining, usage rates compared with 2005. Those were the preliminary opinions of noted business aviation safety expert Bob Breiling of Robert E. Breiling and Associates.
Boeing and AgustaWestland (Booth No. 529) have signed a memorandum of understanding for joint work on the next-generation Chinook for the Italian Army. The deal could lead to similar joint opportunities in the future.
Following last year’s NTSB recommendation that all turbine-powered helicopters be equipped with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), Air Logistics has decided to upgrade its newer medium and heavy twin-engine helicopters with Honeywell enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS).
Bell 206 JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The pilot of JetRanger N35BA was killed when the helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from Bonifay, 95 miles east of Pensacola. The accident pilot had flown the JetRanger, registered to Lakeland,Fla.-based Lance Aviation, the previous week for contract work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was returning to base.
Raytheon 390 Premier I, Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, UK, April 7, 2004– According to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch report, the instrument-rated pilot of Premier N200PR was unable to raise the landing gear after takeoff from Humberside Airport. He tried unsuccessfully to recycle the gear and noticed lift dump and antiskid systems failure indications.
Gulfstream IV, Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 6, 2004–GIV N478GS, operated by Centurion Aviation Services, was substantially damaged during landing rollout on Runway 7 at the Baneasa Airport in Bucharest. A portion of the runway that the airplane struck was under construction. There were no injuries to the three flight crewmembers and the seven passengers. Day VMC prevailed for the Part 91 business flight.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Patterson, La., Dec. 9, 2004–Bell LongRanger N5007F was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was not injured. The flight, on a VFR company flight plan, left an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico at 7:25 a.m. and was en route to Patterson.
Embraer EMB-110-P1, Swanzey, N.H., Jan. 13, 2005–At about 10:15 p.m., AirNow’s Embraer N49BA was destroyed while landing at Dillant Hopkins Airport (EEN), near Keene, N.H. The airplane came to rest inverted on Runway 2, about 90 feet from the approach end of the runway. The ATP pilot was killed.
Cessna 551 Citation II, Ainsworth, Neb., Jan. 1, 2005–Citation N35403 crashed while attempting to land at Ainsworth Municipal Airport in IMC. The instrument-rated private pilot and five passengers were not seriously injured but the Citation was substantially damaged.