Dec. 1: Union Calls for Improvements in Helicopter Safety

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The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, which represents offshore oil workers, has called for a larger fleet of better equipped helicopters. The Local 2121 president told a public review into the new Hebron offshore oil project that choppers flying offshore should be able to operate safely for 30 minutes if oil is lost from the main gearbox. The four Sikorsky S-92 choppers that now fly to offshore sites don’t have that so-called “run dry” capability, while newer aircrafts do.