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Review of “The impact of human factors on pilots’ safety behavior in offshore aviation – Brazil”

Posted by on 3:20 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Review of: “The impact of human factors on pilots’ safety behavior in offshore aviation companies: A Brazilian case” (Dario Sant’Anna and Adriana Hilal of  COPPEAD Graduate School of Business, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Safety Science 140 (2021)) Safety Science is the premier peer-reviewed safety journal.  In August 2021 they published a paper on safety in the Brazilian offshore helicopter industry.  In this article we summarise the context, methodology and key findings and then discuss the implications. Context...

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HeliOffshore 2022 Conference Review

Posted by on 6:53 pm in Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Culture, Safety Management

HeliOffshore 2022 Conference Review After two years of virtual events, over 140 delegates from HeliOffshore’s international membership gathered in Cascais, outside of Lisbon, 23-24 April 2022 for the association’s annual conference.  Aerossurance, as a committed HeliOffshore member, has attended all six in-person HeliOffshore conferences.  HeliOffshore, founded in 2014, is the global collaborative safety association for the offshore helicopter industry.  This year’s theme was “a safe and sustainable transition to...

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Loose Clothing Downs Marijuana Survey Helicopter

Posted by on 9:52 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Loose Clothing Downs Marijuana Survey Helicopter (B206L3 N27TK) On 28 October 2021, Bell 206L3 N27TK, operated by Helico Sonoma, suffered substantial damage and made a forced landing during an aerial survey flight over illegal marijuana crops near Covelo, Mendocino County, Northern California. According to documents in the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public docket the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office had chartered the aircraft “explicitly to conduct aerial photography/film operations utilizing reporters from USA...

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US Air Ambulance Helicopter Hospital Heliport Tail Strike

Posted by on 6:07 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

US Air Ambulance Helicopter Hospital Heliport Tail Strike (Arkansas Children’s Hospital Sikorsky S-76D N761AF) The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently (19 April 2022) opened the public docket on an accident that occurred to Sikorsky S-76D air ambulance N761AF of Arkansas Children’s Hospital on 12 March 2022 at Texarkana, Texas  The helicopter was substantial damaged in a tail rotor strike while landing at dusk on an elevated helipad at the Wadley Regional Medical Center (64XS).  The helicopter was inbound...

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NTSB: Ergonomics Explain Main Rotor Loss During Flight Test

Posted by on 6:44 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

NTSB: Ergonomics Explain Main Rotor Loss During Flight Test (Bell 206B N61PH) On 16 April 2019 Bell 206B N61PH of Van Horn Aviation was destroyed during a test flight evaluating developmental main rotor blades near Fort McDowell, Arizona.  Both occupants were killed. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued their safety investigation report on 6 April 2022. The Accident Flight The NTSB explain the flight was being conducted as a Part 91 test flight and the aircraft was in the Experimental (Special) category.  The helicopter...

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Business Jet Apron Jet Blast Injury

Posted by on 3:07 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Business Jet Apron Jet Blast Injury (GX N307KP, Augusta, GA) On 16 October 2019 a passenger being escorted across the apron of Augusta Regional Airport (AGS), Augusta, Georgia to a waiting Learjet operated by department store Dillard’s was seriously injured by the jet blast from Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS N307KP that had just started to taxi.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued their safety investigation report on 6 April 2022. According to the injured passenger, she and six other passengers were being...

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Helideck Heave Ho!

Posted by on 1:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Regulation, Safety Management

Helideck Heave Ho! (BHS Sikorsky S-76C++ PR-CHI) On 16 February 2014 Sikorsky S-76C++ PR-CHI of CHC‘s Brazilian Helicopter Services was damaged when landing on the bow deck of the drillship Aban Abraham while on charter to Brazilian state oil and gas company Petrobras. According to the Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos (CENIPA) safety investigation report (finally released 16 November 2021 in Portuguese only) the helicopter had departed Cabo Frio Airport (SBCB) at 07:12 Local Time.  It was to route to Aban...

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SAR Seat Slip Smash

Posted by on 7:58 am in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

SAR Seat Slip Smash (RCAF CH149 Leonardo Cormorant LOC-I) The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is investigating a Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) accident that occurred to Search and Rescue (SAR) Leonardo CH149 Cormorant (AW101) CH149903 at Gander, NL on 10 March 2022. The SAR helicopter, callsign Outcast 903, of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron, 9 Wing was completing an onshore rear crew focused training flight, the first of two planned for the day at c15:42 Local Time.  There were six crew members on board: two pilots, two Flight...

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Investigation into Collision of Truck with Police Helicopter

Posted by on 10:49 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Investigation into Collision of Truck with Police Helicopter (AS350B2, PR-CJD, Brazil) On 18 January 2020 Airbus AS350B2 PR-CJD of the Public Security Department was hit by a truck while rotors running on a road in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. The two occupants and the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Three other occupants of the police helicopter and two passengers in the truck were unharmed.  The Brazilian accident investigation agency CENIPA issued their safety investigation report on 9 February 2022. The Accident The tasking was...

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Dry Ice Packing Error Incapacitated Pilot on Taxiway

Posted by on 4:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management

Dry Ice Packaging Error Incapacitated Pilot on Taxiway (West Air Cessna C208B N781FE) On 23 November 2018 the pilot of Cessna 208B N781FE, operated by West Air for FedEx, became incapacitated shortly before take-off at Meadows Field Airport (BFL), Bakersfield, California in a dangerous goods incident. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has so far only published a preliminary report but did release the public docket on 23 March 2022. The Incident The aircraft was being operated single pilot.  It landed at the airport at 16:10...

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