Standards & Regulations
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has announced the expansion of its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) suite of documents aimed at managing aviation risk for contracted aircraft operations. The Basic Aviation Risk Standard for Offshore Helicopter Operations (BARS OHO) continues the theme of presenting a standard in a risk-based format using applicable threats and controls. 
May 11, 2015, Langley, B.C. -  Vector Aerospace has announced that it has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.
The well-known economist Milton Friedman said something that is near and dear to my heart. It resonates on many levels and aligns with our right to refuse unsafe work and our duty to ignore and attempt to change stupid or shortsighted laws.
April 17, 2015, Stratford, Conn. - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach for the S-92 helicopter.
April 1, 2015, Ottawa - Transport Canada recently released an onerous and overreaching Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) in regard to the development and modification of new and existing aerodromes, which they have termed "Responsible Aerodrome Development."
March 31, 2015, Ottawa - Martin J. Eley, Director General, Civil Aviation has set his retirement date as May 29, 2015.
Jan. 28, 2015, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continually works with the aviation and medical communities to ensure that pilots are fit to fly. On March 2, the FAA will issue new medical guidance to Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) that incorporates industry and Congressional feedback balanced with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) safety concerns about pilots flying with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
I was told an inaugural address, even in the form of a magazine column, should reflect issues of current debate and discussion to set the tone for future columns and their potential impact on the readership.
The mid-20th century scientist, M.J. Moroney, once wrote that, “A statistical analysis, properly conducted, is a delicate dissection of uncertainties, a surgery of suppositions.”
It’s that time of year again – a time to evaluate all the things we were going to achieve over the past 365 days, realize that we haven’t achieved any of them (or maybe just a select few), and boldly commit to a list of New Year’s resolutions that we can absolutely try to achieve in the year ahead.
Nov. 13, 2014, Montreal - The Helicopter Association of Canada wrapped up its 19th annual convention and trade show in Montreal last week and by all accounts it was a successful event for both suppliers and operators alike.
The flight and duty time issue continues to be a significant problem for the Canadian helicopter industry.
Sept. 17, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The International Helicopter Safety Team ( ), in coope ration with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released t wo new safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.
July 28, 2014, Melbourne, Aus. - The Flight Safety Foundation will survey 100 Canadian mining and resources companies this week in a bid to evaluate the region’s use of aircraft operations in the resources sector.
I recently had a discussion with a former colleague about what drives “safety” in aviation. Is safety a by-product of a sound Quality Assurance (QA) program, or does a sound Safety Management System (SMS) fertilize the ground for a good QA program?

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