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September 23, 2016
The Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) postponed its upcoming Air Medical Transport Conference due to the instability surrounding riots at its host city of Charlotte, North Carolina, the association said Thursday night. The conference was to be held Sept. 26 to 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, just blocks away from rioting activity...
September 23, 2016
Look for a Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. The FAA in June issued a final rule permitting use of commercial drones weighing fewer than 55 lb. That rule became effective Aug. 29.  Titled "Opportunity Rising: the...
September 22, 2016
Air medical and air ambulance designer and manufacturer Spectrum Aeromed is celebrating 25 yr of operation this month. And to thank the industry for its support, the North Dakota-based company will host a celebration during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), according to a company news release. The celebration...
September 22, 2016
It has been more than four months since Sikorsky's S-92 fleet reached its 1 million flight hour milestone, but celebrations kept going last week in the North Sea Region, according to a company news release.   On Monday, the "Thanks A Million" campaign reached Aberdeen, Scotland, and then Stavanger, Norway, on Tuesday.  ...
September 16, 2016
Along with its public listing plan, government-owned Pawan Hans has finalized a new business plan, according to news reports. By 2027, the Indian national helicopter company hopes to increase revenue by nearly three times the amount it saw in 2015 to 2016. Pawan Hans is set to...
September 16, 2016
Nov. 4, 2014, was the day an Air Methods Corp. EC135 would make its first of 51 passenger-carrying flights in one week. On that same day, an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) had deemed that same aircraft “unairworthy." Now, almost two years later, the FAA has handed Air Methods an $892,500 fine for the "unairworthy" Europcopter...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 13, 2016
A team of University of Maryland (UMD) students makes history flying a piloted, solar-powered helicopter for the first time ever, according to a university-issued article. The aircraft, composed of a cabin frame, four rotors and eight blades, flew for nine sec and got more than 1 ft off the...
September 12, 2016
Del Mar College first responder students got an up-close look at what it's like to work for an air ambulance service, local news outlets reported. A HALO-Flight helicopter landed on the West Campus in Corpus Christi, Texas, where approximately 80 students waited eagerly...
September 9, 2016
Photo courtesy of CC BY-SA 3.0 An Erickson Inc. S-64 Aircrane is helping Xcel Energy set up a new electric-transmission line to support future oil and gas production and exploration in northwest Colorado. The work comes as Erickson is increasing its pursuit of infrastructure-related contracts to offset downturns in its offshore support and U.S. government business lines. This week the Aircrane began...
September 9, 2016
XTI Aircraft Co. initiated another strategy to raise the funds necessary to build a piloted subscale TriFan 600 prototype, supplementing its unique equity crowdfunding campaign. The company now has an engagement agreement with the New York investment bank Primary Capital, LLC for its...
September 8, 2016
A Bell Helicopter 429 crashed in central Slovakia Wednesday night while on a medical transport mission. All four onboard were killed.  Details about a possible cause for the crash have not yet been released, but Slovak news outlets have reported that witnesses heard the helicopter making strange...
September 7, 2016
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) has tapped Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as its aviation supplier, providing air medical coverage across the country every day of the year. Babcock will supply two Eurocopter EC135s, according to...
September 7, 2016
The rotorcraft market in South America is still alive, despite the industry-wide decline in demand. Companies worldwide are not shying away from the market there, as was evident in the orders from the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors included Airbus and its...
September 7, 2016
Photo courtesy of The Public Promotion Department of Changzhou Xinbei District Commission of CCP A research arm of the Chinese army is teaming with a local company to develop a new unmanned helicopter, according to officials of a southern Chinese city where the company is based. Officials of the Changzhou Xinbei District Commission said the 60th Research Institute of the People's...
September 6, 2016
Photo courtesy of KennyOMG / CC BY-SA 3.0 Indian aviation officials are finalizing rules to expand subsidized flights to underserved locations throughout that nation, according to media reports. Civil Aviation Ministry officials are going through stakeholder and public comments on the draft Regional Connectivity Scheme, proposed July 1 to promote air service to hundreds of unserved or underserved...
September 6, 2016
Philippine operator PhilJets purchased two Airbus Helicopters H130s, adding to its existing fleet of five helicopters. Delivery is expected...
September 1, 2016
Executives of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. accepted delivery...
September 1, 2016
Gyro Stabilized Systems (GSS) has launched the first fully digital electronic newsgathering aerial camera to be used on a Bell Helicopter 407 in New...
August 31, 2016
Metro Aviation and West Michigan Air Care have launched an air medical service with the delivery of an EC145e. The service will begin Sep. 1. Metro President Mike...
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