Category Archives: Helicopter

Emergency AD: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+, EC135 T1, EC135 T2, and EC135 T2+ helicopters

The FAA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the EC 135, all variants.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2012-0041-E, dated March 12, 2012 (2012-0041-E), to correct an unsafe condition for the ECD Model EC 135 helicopters. EASA advises that during an inspection of an EC 135 helicopter, a crack was detected on the lower hub- shaft flange of a main rotor hub (MRH) shaft. Since issuing 2012-0041-E, two other lower hub-shaft flange cracks have been reported. ECD is investigating the cause of the cracks and may issue a revised service bulletin with further corrective action. We are issuing this EAD to detect a crack on the hub-shaft flange, which if not corrected could result in failure of the main rotor hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

Emergency AD#: 2012-10-51

From Reuters


Do Pilots join associations? HAI, NEMSPA, AOPA


Here’s a question for all pilots, do you join associations, societies, or any aviation communities? A gut feeling tells me the answer is no! We live and work in a tiny little office, otherwise called a cockpit, for good reasons. There’s many a pilot who has said, either out loud or to himself, “I’m glad to get airborne to get away from the BS on the ground!”

“So what?”, I hear you cry. Well, there are some advantages to joining those organizations who represent us. Three in particular spring to mind, in no particular order:

Helicopter Association International

The first meeting of the founding members of this group took place on December 13th 1948. Yes, younger readers, there were helicopters way back then. Going through several name changes, the mission of the HAI has remained largely the same over more than 60 years. Their mission statement; “To provide its members with services that directly benefit their operations, and to advance the international helicopter community by providing programs that enhance safety, encourage professionalism and economic viability while promoting the unique contributions vertical flight offers society.”

You may join the HAI by clicking here.

National EMS Pilots Association

Whilst HAI serves the entire helicopter community world-wide, NEMSAP represents the EMS pilot in the USA. Much more specific and focused on issues that effect the American EMS pilot’s life. From personal experience, I know that NEMSPA has been very influential with those people who regulate us! It is clear that their efforts have prevented overbearing regulation, have created an influential voice for us all at Washington, DC, and are actively pursuing leading-edge research into issues that effect us all. Their mission statement; “We, the National EMS Pilots Association, will strive to help the Air Medical industry prosper safely and enhance the delivery of pre-hospital health care. We will provide the leadership necessary to establish standards of operational safety and a forum for the dissemination of knowledge. This organization will continue to be a major advocate for positive change for our industry.”

You may join by clicking here.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Incorporated on May 15th 1939, AOPA represents over 400,000 members. Their advocacy and campaigning efforts with the nation’s lawmakers and regulators have helped to prevent aviation hostile political people from closing us down, closing our airports, and from unfairly taxing us out of existence. The contribute greatly to aviation safety through their Air Safety Foundation, and rely on general aviation’s support through their Foundation.

AOPA’s mission statement; “We preserve the freedom to fly by…

advocating on behalf of our members,
educating pilots, nonpilots, and policy makers alike,
supporting activities that ensure the long-term health of General Aviation,
fighting to keep General Aviation accessible to all, and
securing sufficient resources to ensure our success.”

AOPA’s vision statement; “AOPA is the beacon for those who cherish the freedom to fly. It demonstrates what is possible when a determined organization listens to its members, collaborates with its colleagues, finds solutions with its partners in government, and focuses its resources—all to secure the future of General Aviation. AOPA’s success is proof that the public good can be served while individual freedoms are preserved.”

You may join by clicking here.

NEMSPA Pilots Survey of America’s Heliports

NEMSPA Pilots Survey of America’s Heliports
Now Available for Review and Download

NEMSPA has completed the intiial analysis of the data gathered from a survey of helicopter pilots nationwide. The survey garnered over 1300 responses from helicopter pilots with opinions and suggestions regarding the design and the safety of the heliport facilities that they typically use in their daily flying duties. The detailed results of the survey can be accessed by Clicking Here

Bell Helicopter loses patent lawsuit | Airlines and Aviation | Dallas Business, Texas Bu…

Bell Helicopter loses patent lawsuit | Airlines and Aviation | Dallas Business, Texas Bu….

Helicopter pilot misjudged altitude: report

Helicopter pilot misjudged altitude: report.

Rochester Wings 2012

May I recommend this year’s recurring annual event, Rochester Wings 2012.

Helicopter AND Fixed Wing


After posting some fixed wing articles, and having a fixed wing operation at my place of work, I have tweaked the descriptions on pages and categories on this blog. It is a fact that there are a lot of EMS fixed wing flights every day, from ordinary airliners doing “Lifeguard” status flights to air ambulance specific aircraft flying patients to hospitals all over the world.

It would be quite fascinating to discover how many patients are flown!

English: Fixed-wing aircraft in the sky

Image via Wikipedia

TV show follows Wales Air Ambulance paramedic from Menai Bridge

Nice color scheme, matches the lion on the Welsh Flag

– TV show follows Wales Air Ambulance paramedic from Menai Bridge.

Ever wonder what Wales Air Ambulance is in Welsh? Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru.

Menai Bridge

Menai Bridge (Photo credit: JeanM1)

Ever wonder what the Welsh Flag looks like?

Flag of Wales

Image via Wikipedia

Nice article.

EMS Helicopters in the news

Leonardo da Vinci: Entwurf eines Helikopters

Da Vinci thought of it first Image via Wikipedia


Just browsing around I have found some stories about EMS helicopters in the news.