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July 1, 2015
  When it comes to establishing a heliport in the U.S., many people will tell you that the FAA advisory circular covering its design is just that: advisory. In fact, some local and state governments may consider that “advisory” document a regulation, depending on how each applies a web of national and international standards for building and fire safety and aeromedical operations. The FAA...
July 1, 2015
Though many police units have recently been buying new, an increase in available surplus helicopters may change that. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airborne law enforcement in the U.S. has made some gains in the last year or so. A number of police agencies have been cleared by their government overseers to purchase new helicopters instead of acquiring used or surplus ones. The Airborne Law...
July 1, 2015
Police aviation accreditation standards have gained backing from an insurer, an SMS specialist and the Pentagon. Photo courtesy of the Huntington Beach Parade It has taken the better part of a decade, but the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s vision for establishing common standards for police aviation units is being fulfilled. In the last year, the work of the Public Safety Aviation...
July 1, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s vice president at its Grants Pass, Ore. site at the time of the crash, was sentenced to 12.5 years by U.S. Chief District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Medford, Ore., June 16. Levi Phillips, Carson’s maintenance director at the time...
July 1, 2015
Metro Aviation has begun initial flight testing of IRIS, a comprehensive flight data monitoring, tracking and communications system that promises to improve the safety of helicopter missions. Using the ViaSat network of geosynchronous satellites, IRIS is designed with push-to-talk, uninterrupted voice communications and flight tracking in 10-second intervals. Metro proposes to harness the excess available...
July 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has concluded a three-month-long tour of offshore oil and gas support locations to demonstrate its super-medium class H175 to operators, with visits to...
July 1, 2015
Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter each said at the Paris Air Show that they had booked orders for super-medium-lift aircraft despite the current downturn in the offshore oil and gas support market. Airbus said Milestone Aviation Group had increased its combined orders and options for its H175 to 28, which it said is the largest order for the super-medium-lift twin. Bell also said it had signed letters...
July 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Falcon Aviation Services has taken delivery of two AW189s, according to AgustaWestland, which says they are the first of the super-medium...
July 1, 2015
Level D full flight simulators provide the highest level of realism available on the civilian market. Photo courtesy of CAE Energy production companies serving Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador are investing approximately $16 million in a new training, research and development center to benefit their local offshore businesses. The Hibernia Management and Development Company, Ltd. (HMBC), and the...
July 1, 2015
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 return from familiarizing themselves with the downward thrust of a Kaman K-1200, or “K-MAX,” unmanned helicopter during initial testing in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 22. Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 pioneered the first unmanned, mid-flight external cargo hookups, and delivered approximately 6,000 pounds of gear on their first day of...
July 1, 2015
Across the western United States, aerial firefighting crews are making aggressive preparations for what looks to be a busy fire season. A report by the National Interagency Fire Center has predicted above normal potential for fires for much of the northwestern United States from June through September. In Montana, U.S. Forest Service helitack teams recently...
July 1, 2015
An artist’s rendering of the X6 points to the use of a five-bladed main rotor with low-noise blade technology. Image courtesy of Airbus Helicopters     Airbus Helicopters plans to spend the next two years defining the specifications for a low-noise, high fuel-efficiency successor to its heavy-lift H225 Super Puma family, President/CEO Guillaume Faury said June 16. The “concept...
July 1, 2015
The fifth annual Great American Safety Drive (GASD) began June 10. Two cars donated by Metro Aviation and Air Methods Corp., respectively, are being driven along separate routes across the continental United States, together making more than 60 “safety stops,” where attendees will be educated about the...
July 1, 2015
Nonprofit organization Women in Aviation International (WAI) will announce seven new scholarships in 2016 in addition to its existing list, including several of interest to present and aspiring female helicopter professionals. The application period begins July 1...
July 1, 2015
International helicopter transport provider HNZ Group has acquired a financial stake in Norwegian offshore transport operator Norsk Helikopterservice AS (NHS) through a combination of common shares and convertible debt. NHS has...
July 1, 2015
By Pat Host   A commission set up by Congress as a checkpoint on the U.S. Army’s path for restructuring its aviation forces has begun a series of road trips to collect input on what the service should look like in the near future. The National Commission on the Future of the Army met for two days of open and classified hearings in June in Fayetteville, N.C., home of Fort Bragg, whose Army...
July 1, 2015
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade over Savannah, Ga. May 13. Photo by 1st Lt. James Webb III The Bell Helicopter OH-58Ds being retired from the U.S. Army fleet are destined for sales to military forces outside the U.S. and not domestic commercial and public-use operators. Fourteen months ago, the Army had about 340 Kiowa Warriors in its fleet. By...
July 1, 2015
The S-97 flies for the first time at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 22. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft As Sikorsky Aircraft makes advances towards fielding the next generation of rotorcraft, its parent company is weighing what the future will hold for that vertical-lift pioneer. The firm founded by Igor Sikorsky in 1923 reached its latest milestone May 22, when...
July 1, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s vice president at its Grants Pass, Ore. site at the time of the crash, was sentenced to 12.5 years by U.S. Chief District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Medford, Ore., June 16. Levi Phillips, Carson’s maintenance director at the time...
July 1, 2015
James Walker Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker VP and general manager of Professional Aviation Associates. Having begun his aviation career as a first lieutenant and air traffic control officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Walker has held leadership positions at United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and AlliedSignal Aerospace.  Most recently, he was president and founder of Worthington Aviation...
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