IAR-330 PUMA helicopter crashes and kills 8 soldiers

A Romanian built IAR-330 Puma helicopter has crashed in Sibin, central Romania on Friday.  In total 8 military personnel have died in the crash, with 2 other evacuated after suffering from burns. The IAR-330 Puma was scheduled to meet up with U.s Military forces to a military joint exercise. The cause of the crash is… Read More »

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Hovering a Helicopter

An ability that really makes a difference between a helicopter and an aeroplane is the fact that a helicopter can come to a standstill in mid-air. This capability is called hovering. Piloting a helicopter in cruise is not much different than flying any fixed wing aircraft but when it comes to hovering it is a… Read More »

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Bell 212 crash in Thailand leaves 9 Officers dead

A multi-engine Bell 212 helicopter operated by the Thai Army has crashed some 590KM North of Bangkok on Monday.  All 9 officers, including the northern army region newly promoted deputy commander where killed in the crash. The Bell 212 helicopter was due to return to base after it had picked up the officers who had… Read More »

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Laser Pointing and how it is affecting aviation safety

Laser pointing towards aircraft has been here for quite a while now, but recently the number of cases has gone up substantially. I personally have experienced this on many occasions whilst flying a helicopter in eastern Italy. Luckily, I was not on final approach and was able to cope but another 737 who was given… Read More »

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National Guard Apache AH64 helicopter crashes, 2 dead

An Apache AH64 helicopter operated by the Idaho National Guard has crashed just South of Boise Airport on Thursday evening.  Both crew members on-board the helicopter have been killed in the accident. The Apache helicopter was performing routine, local night training and until now it is not clear whether the mission had just started or… Read More »

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Mi-2 helicopter crashes in Northwest Siberia

 A privately owned Mi-2 helicopter owned and operated by a senior official of Gazpromneft oil refining company has crashed in Yamal, Northwest Siberia. Following a search and rescue operation, the helicopter was found in a lake and the authorities have confirmed that two persons have lost their lives.  It is beleived that no other persons… Read More »

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Recommended Apple IPAD apps for Pilots

Below you can find a selection of Apple IPAD apps that are recommended for all pilots and in particularly, helicopter pilots.  The current aviation world is quickly moving into a paperless cockpit and this can be evident by the amount of apps that are being developed.  The problem arises when we have to choose.  This… Read More »

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Mid-air collision between R44 and Cirrus SR22 leaves 3 dead

A collision between a Robinson R44 helicopter and a Cirrus SR22 airplane has left 3 dead and 2 injured on Thursday afternoon.  The crash occured at around 1530 near Frederick, Maryland whilst the Cirrus SR22 was enroute to Frederick Municipal Airport and the R44 aircraft was conducting a training excercise. Reports state that both aircrafts… Read More »

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Search for missing Mi-8 helicopter still ongoing

Following the loss of contact and subsequent disappearance of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter, the search and rescue operation has now entered its 11th day. Three helicopters and a plane have again been dispatched in the area of Tyvia, East Siberia to methodically search the area. In addition to the air operation, another thirteen teams on… Read More »

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Turkish S-70B military helicopter crashed

A Turkish military helicopter, S-70B, crashed after it has gone missing for a couple of hours on a routine flight to Konya. The helicopter took off from Izmit Cengiz Topel Airport on Sunday at noon. Soon after it disappeared from the military radar. Searches began for the helicopter & later discovered that the helicopter had… Read More »

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