ATSB publishes final report on Squirrel engine failure

An image of the AS350BA Squirrel, VH-SFX, involved in the incident. (ATSB)

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into the engine failure and forced landing of AS350BA Squirrel, VH-SFX, which occurred over dense forest in the Whyanbeel Valley, Queensland on 2 November 2015. While conducting a low-altitude aerial weed spotting operation, the … [Read more...]

Perth’s RAC Rescue recognised at SAR awards

An RAC Rescue helicopter crew has been recognised with a Commendation Award at the National Search and Rescue Council’s annual awards for a 12 hour marathon offshore retrieval mission over remote waters near Esperance, Western Australia. Crewed by pilot Craig Bowman, aircrewman Garth Fitzgerald and St John … [Read more...]

New PolAir base at Bankstown

An artist’s impression of the proposed new PolAir base at Bankstown Airport. (Crawford Architects)

Bankstown Airport has developed a draft a major development plan to upgrade and consolidate the NSW Police Force’s Aviation Support Branch operations into a single purpose-built facility at the airport. The proposed $35 million new base will be located north of the runways and just to the east of the … [Read more...]

Drone collides with US Army Black Hawk

A file image of a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter from the 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion from Grand Ledge, Mich., land at Grayling Airfield, Grayling, Mich., Aug. 3, 2013. The 3-238th is participating in Exercise Northern Strike 2013, a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/released)

A remotely-piloted aircraft collided with a US Army UH-60M Black Hawk while it was flying at 500ft over a residential neighbourhood on Staten Island, New York on September 23. Believed to be the first time a drone has collided with a helicopter in flight, the incident happened at about 1930 local time … [Read more...]