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June 4, 2015
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Great American Safety Drive (GASD) begins this month and consists of two separate routes crisscrossing the United States, bringing the message of safety “on the road” to more than 60 host program locations. Outerlink Global Solutions will once again support the fundraising initiative by installing tracking devices in a 2015 Chevy...
June 3, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has promoted Steve Bandy to senior vice president of operations. In addition to his current responsibilities with the flight and operations departments, Bandy will assume leadership over the...
June 2, 2015
Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker as Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Atlanta, Ga., adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “James is an entrepreneurial-minded operations leader that knows the demands and intricacies of serving the aviation...
June 1, 2015
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities...
June 1, 2015
A normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) image generated from aerial photos taken over Iowa. Image courtesy of AgPixel Next to the dogfighting of WWI, it may be aerial application—formerly known as “crop dusting”—that’s most apt to evoke that classic, leather-clad, goggled image of the world’s earliest aviators. In fact, the first seed-sowing hot air balloons...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
May 28, 2015
Metro Aviation and Air Methods will launch the cross-country Great American Safety Drive next month, raising money for MedEvac Foundation International efforts to promote safety within medical transport programs and their partner organizations and underwrite safety-related...
May 27, 2015
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council says 99 percent of 1,059 flights in and out of East Hampton Airport on New York’s Eastern Long Island over the recent holiday weekend complied with noise-abatement procedures, according to published reports. That airport serves the highbrow beach communities collectively known as the Hamptons. Area residents...
May 26, 2015
The Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopter is now in serial production, according to Russian Helicopters. The Rostvertol unit, which has been producing the predecessor Mi-26 military helicopter and commercial Mi-26T since 1980, is manufacturing the -26T2. Rostvertol worked with...
May 22, 2015
Russian Helicopters has launched a 3D modelling app allowing users to learn about  - and in some cases, go on virtual tours - of the company's helicopter models. The app is compatible with computers and laptops running the Windows or Mac OS. This is the first development of its kind in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The app is built like a 3D construction kit and makes it...
May 21, 2015
Agustín Rossi, Defense Minister of the Republic of Argentina, has announced the country's interest in buying more airframes from Russian Helicopters. Rossi recalled that, in 2011, Argentina purchased two Mi-171E helicopters to supply polar stations in Antarctica, and to perform search and rescue operations. “Currently, we are studying the possibility of purchasing more,” the minister...
May 20, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services has announced its planned acquisition of Summit Air Ambulance from Texas Next Capital, based in San Antonio, Texas. Summit is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, and uses medically configured helicopters and airplanes to transport injured patients from accident scenes and community hospitals to higher levels of care. Flight medics and nurses provide an ICU...
May 20, 2015
Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co., has announced the appointment of Mike Clark to Vice President of Microwave Components & Integrated Assemblies. In this role, Clark will be responsible for driving customer satisfaction, continued growth and strategic direction of the Microwave business along with overseeing the operations at the Beverly, Mass. design...
May 14, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport of Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France, culminating a seven-year project devoted to environmentally-friendly helicopter approach procedures. The procedures were flown using accurate lateral and vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European...
May 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has appointed Glenn Johnson to the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Johnson will serve as a Director and will replace Gary Scott as Audit Committee Chairman. Mr. Johnson joins the Board with more than 30 years of aviation experience obtained through roles of increasing...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 12, 2015
Shall we count Finmeccanica out as a bidder for Sikorsky Aircraft? The CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Mauro Moretti, told shareholders meeting yesterday in Rome that Finmeccanica had received “several propositions but was not interested in Sikorsky,” according to the Reuters news agency. Sikorsky...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 11, 2015
Gretchen Haskins, CEO of the global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore commended “inclusion, engagement and delivery” to more than 150 leaders attending the association's Annual Conference and General Meeting yesterday. Speaking at the inaugural HeliOffshore conference, Haskins told industry leaders that, with their commitment and collective might, the offshore helicopter...
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