Occurrences

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Occurrence of the Month relates to a Bell 429 helicopter.  The Pilot reports:

'In order to fly off hours so that engineering could complete the Main Rotor Mast checks, I was asked to do a local flight to achieve that aim. The flight was conducted at 1500 feet VFR to the south west, heading towards ***. I took off with 4 on board and with 600Lbs fuel. The intention was to fly for about 20 to 30 minutes then return to ***. The flight was into a low sun which slightly obscured the aircraft cockpit instrument and with my helmet dark visor in the down position, further affecting the visibility of the cockpit instruments. I had got distracted with the scenery and lost some sense of time. When I checked the fuel state I realized that I did not have enough fuel to return back to *** I elected to land and call for the company fuel bowser. That came after a two hour wait but unfortunately it was dark by then, so the aircraft was left at the landing site and recovered the following day.'