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Old 17th Dec 2013, 08:05
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Got to love the education journalists are getting nowadays. "A warning light went off", surely thats a good thing? Right?

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Old 17th Dec 2013, 08:20
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Well I suppose it could be a bad thing if it goes off because all the wiring is finally burnt through - but otherwise I suspect you are right!
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Old 17th Dec 2013, 11:16
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EC225 Cockpit Warning Light - Again!!

Incidents of warning lights coming on in cockpits seem to be a regular occurrence on helicopters bound for the North Sea. Our STV colleagues have more about this morning's alert at Aberdeen Airport.

A Super Puma helicopter was forced to land at Aberdeen Airport after a caution light came on the cockpit.


Emergency landing: Super Puma EC225 lands at Aberdeen Airport after caution light comes on

The Eurocopter EC225 landed at around 8.15am on Tuesday and emergency services were mobilised.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended but were not required and the helicopter landed safely.

A spokeswoman for helicopter operator CHC said it landed as a “precautionary measure”.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen Airport confirmed a helicopter emergency landed at the airport at around 8.15am.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 8.10am on Tuesday reporting a full emergency in relation to a helicopter.

“We responded however the helicopter landed safely without incident and we returned to base.”

A spokeswoman for helicopter operators CHC said: “We had an EC225 helicopter land safely at Aberdeen Airport at around 8.15am on Tuesday after a caution light came on.

“The airport mobilised the emergency services as a matter of routine however we would stress that this was a non-emergency event and the aircraft landed as a precautionary measure.

“Safety is always a priority and the helicopter landed at the airport as a precautionary measure. It will be inspected by engineers before being returned to service.”
Super Puma lands at Aberdeen Airport after caution light comes on | Aberdeen & North | News | STV
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Old 17th Dec 2013, 11:26
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To summarise:

Fri 13 Dec - Bristow S92 precautionary landing Sumburgh

Mon 16 Dec - CHC Super Puma precautionary landing Sumburgh

Tue 17 Dec - CHC Super Puma precautionary landing Aberdeen
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Old 17th Dec 2013, 12:34
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Eh ... on my planet, G-CHCH is an L2. Oh never mind.



To summarise:

Fri 13 Dec - Bristow S92 precautionary landing Sumburgh

Mon 16 Dec - CHC Super Puma .. eh what? ... precautionary landing Sumburgh

Tue 17 Dec - CHC Super Puma EC225 precautionary landing Aberdeen
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Old 17th Dec 2013, 14:26
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I think the media might be dipping into their bank of photos again. This morning was a 225.

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Old 17th Dec 2013, 17:34
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I imagine had that paragon of posting prowess 'Shell Management' still been around he would have said ..

A thousand Comedians out of work....and there you sit making jokes!
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Old 17th Dec 2013, 18:09
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Originally Posted by Savoia View Post
To summarise:

Fri 13 Dec - Bristow S92 landed safely Sumburgh

Mon 16 Dec - CHC Super Puma landed safely Sumburgh

Tue 17 Dec - CHC Super Puma landed safely Aberdeen


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Old 18th Dec 2013, 02:43
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Caution lights

What does that mean when a caution light comes on??
Seems like the offshore helo industry has a lot of problems from the pilot posts about ergonomics and caution lights with all the types....
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Old 21st Jan 2014, 20:56
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Helicopter safety - UK Parliament

21 January 2014
The Committee will be holding a public evidence session on offshore helicopter safety at the University of Aberdeen on 27 January.

Commenting ahead of the visit, Louise Ellman MP, chair of the Transport Committee said today,
“Helicopter accidents in the offshore sector is a major cause for concern. After the events of last summer involving helicopter fatalities off the Shetland Isles, the Committee decided to look closely at what might be done to curb the risks that offshore workers face from helicopter transport. We are coming to Aberdeen to hear from workers themselves, oil and gas firms, helicopter manufacturers, operators and pilots.”
Monday 27 January, Linklater Rooms, University of Aberdeen
Witnesses:

3.00 pm
  • Luke Farajallah, Managing Director, Bond Offshore Helicopters
  • Duncan Trapp, Vice President, Safety and Quality, CHC Helicopter
  • Mike Imlach, Director, Bristow Helicopters
  • Steve Todd, National Secretary, RMT
  • Captain Colin Milne, Chairman of BALPA’s Helicopter Affairs Committee
  • John Taylor, Officer, Unite the Union
4.00 pm
  • Gilles Bruniaux, Vice President, Fleet Safety, Airbus Helicopters
  • Robert Paterson, Health, Safety and Employment Issues Director, Oil & Gas UK
  • David Eherts, Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety and Chief Safety Officer, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Alex Sharp, Sales Director, Europe, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Written submissions to the inquiry should be submitted online:
If you are considering sending a written submission please read the following guidelines:
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Old 21st Jan 2014, 21:52
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Ten Witnesses to testify in two hours.....my....now that is going to allow for really detailed presentations isn't it?

Were any Line Pilots invited to chat with the Pollies?

Did the AAIB not get invited?

Perhaps the CAA is tied up and can not make it either.
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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 03:53
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Originally Posted by SASless
Were any Line Pilots invited to chat with the Pollies?
I've only been away from ABZ for 8 months but last I was there Captain Colin Milne was a current 332/225 Captain as well as a BALPA rep.

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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 11:36
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Biggles.....does BALPA's Organizational Interests always fit hand in glove with Pilot's interests?

Do you reckon there might be some who see things differently than the BALPA Representative?

Just how much input will he have in the Ten minutes allotted to him by the schedule?

Has BALPA done an out-reach effort and solicited input from its members and included those inputs into their submission to the Panel?
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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 13:36
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SASless, I wasn't having a poke but merely pointing it out. Having known the gentleman in question I am confident in saying his raison d'etre is purely in the interest of the members not BALPA house. He is an upstanding and honest man and if he can bring a taste of what the line pilots feel he most certainly will.

I know what you mean as yet again it seems the people at the sharp end have been bypassed but you surely can't expect people to pay attention to us when there are many MANY people with fancy degrees proving they are so much better at this than us .

Im off to bed, have fun but fly safe folks.

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Old 22nd Jan 2014, 13:59
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I know the fella....and concur in what you say.
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Old 31st Jan 2014, 20:44
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UK Transport Select Committee

The UK Transport Select Committee held hearings on Offshore Helicopter Safety in Aberdeen on 28th January 2014.


The televised record plus a pdf transcript of evidence is now available on the Transport Select Committee website easily accessed via Google.


The evidence provided covers several topics in Rotorheads so I will leave it up to the Mods to decide where this input best sits.


I personally found Captain Colin Milne's evidence measured, highly informative and re-assuring.


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Old 31st Jan 2014, 21:48
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UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL EVIDENCE To be published as HC 953-i
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Old 31st Jan 2014, 21:56
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Just going through some of the statements:
Colin Milne: Could I perhaps expand on that point a little from a pilot’s point of view? In terms of spare capacity, it is very important to have a diversified fleet as well as redundancy within each individual fleet. For example, nearly two years ago we had the grounding of the Eurocopter EC225 fleet, which was becoming very much the predominant aircraft on the UK North Sea. The grounding of that aircraft caused an immense problem in terms of availability of aircraft. By contrast, in the Norwegian sector where, although the 225 perhaps was not predominant, there was plenty of spare capacity. My understanding is that not a single flight was lost by the Norwegian clients because they had invested in sufficient spare capacity to cope, not only with weather delays—because clearly in the North Sea there are quite often severe weather and fog delays and you have to have catch-up capacity—but they also had the ability to cope with grounding of half of the fleet.
Is this true?

I had the impression that the norwegian fleet is almost S92 and they would in the same situation if this type would be grounded.....
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Old 1st Feb 2014, 06:57
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Tango123,

Bristows fleet is mostly S92 (2 x SAR 225). CHC has a mixed fleet of S92, 225 and 332.
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Old 1st Feb 2014, 13:05
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Maybe he was referring to capacity in general terms i.e. spare airframes, more crews etc.
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