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April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 26, 2016
The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union recalls the deaths and illnesses of thousands exposed to radiation, the devastation of the area around that nuclear plan — and the bravery of hundreds of helicopter pilots who worked to contain the disaster.    A series of problems during tests at the Ukraine plant on April 26, 1986, led to a rupture, steam explosions and a...
April 22, 2016
Columbia Helicopters has won contracts with the U.S. Forest Service to battle wildland fires in the U.S. The contract calls for the Oregon-based company to provide five aircraft, with more that could be made available if...
April 22, 2016
U.S. Southern Command troops have returned from firefighting duty in Panama's eastern province of Darién. More than 5,000 acres have burned in the current dry season there and Panamanian officials are investigating reports of...
April 21, 2016
Nevada's Clark County Fire Department has received FAA permission to operate a small UAS. This is the first Certificate of Authorization (COA) approved in Nevada under the FAA's new "Public Safety...
April 19, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. said it has closed on a $100 million term loan facility led by Lombard North Central Plc. The facility has a maturity of about six yr. Waypoint will...
April 19, 2016
The U.S. Senate voted 89-5 to end the debate toward a final vote on its comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill Monday evening. It was scheduled to reconvene its weeks-long debate...
April 12, 2016
The Chair of Trustees of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust has signed a 6 million pound contract to purchase an AgustaWestland AW169. Also approved was a 10-year contract to lease an MD902 Explorer. The air medical...
April 6, 2016
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will...
April 4, 2016
An FAA-appointed group has submitted recommendations for operating micro UAS in national airspace, according to an Associated Press report.   The Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee has reportedly called for “creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.”   The committee was tasked with recommending by April...
March 31, 2016
Croatia's government has approved a nine-month contract that will resume helicopter air ambulance services throughout the Croatian islands and in the hinterland under a different operator, while expanding the coverage of those helicopters, according to local media reports.   Dario Nakic and Joseph Buljević, Croatia’s ministers of health and defense, signed on Wednesday a contract approving...
March 30, 2016
Las Vegas police are lined up to get a new H145 to help it deal with an aging search-and-rescue helicopter fleet operating in an inhospitable operating environment.   The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs approved the purchase of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 Monday following more than a year of discussions. The committee authorized a $9.6 million...
March 25, 2016
Two retired Bell Helicopter employees have been honored with FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot awards, which recognize pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation...
March 24, 2016
The first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) performed its maiden flight at Finmeccanica's Yeovil, U.K., plant March 21. This marks the start of the flight test program leading to aircraft deliveries for the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2017 to continue to...
March 16, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' Tokyo division has signed a contract with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.   This...
March 15, 2016
The Canadian Coast Guard accepted the last of 15 Bell Helicopter 429 light-lift helicopters into its fleet. Mirabel-based Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. was awarded the contract in May 2014. The...
February 29, 2016
Bristow has acknowledged that "a number of our clients have received a letter" from Nigeria's National Petroleum Investment Management Services asking them to terminate the company's helicopter services, telling R&WI it has "engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter."  The directive followed the Feb. 3 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 C+...
February 19, 2016
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
February 11, 2016
Nearly 100 industry and government aviation leaders are gathering in Washington today and tomorrow in a bid to start developing a multi-year plan for improving weather, navigation and facilities aids for helicopter pilots.    The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team is convening the 2016 Infrastructure Summit to assess the current status of the aviation infrastructure at low altitudes and identify...
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