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November 20, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced the final delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX helicopter to the Pennsylvania State Police. Announced earlier this year, the order marked the 200th purchase...
November 13, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of the final EC145 helicopter on order for the fleet modernization strategy of the National Police of Peru (PNP). That brings...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
November 4, 2014
EC135. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first helicopter to China dedicated for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). China is one of the world’s fastest-growing helicopter markets and continued growth is expected following the relaxation of airspace regulations. Airbus is already well-established in the country, with customers in the utility, police and...
October 28, 2014
Two North American sheriff aviation departments have purchased Bell 407GXs from Bell Helicopter. One of the aircraft was purchased by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, and the other by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s department in California. The two sheriff...
October 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter is showcasing its 505 Jet Ranger X in parapublic configuration at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Orlando, Fla., this week...
October 24, 2014
Summit Air Ambulance has taken delivery of the first of two EMS-equipped AgustaWestland AW119Kx. Summit already has a number of twin AW109E Power helicopters in addition to its fixed wing fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Both of...
October 21, 2014
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will be hosting a pop-up education session on recent Ebola-related developments tomorrow morning. The session will take place at the Innovation Zone, Booth 288, from 11:00 a.m. to...
October 21, 2014
Several officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will participate in a panel session on safety and regulation this week during NBAA 2014. John Hickey, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, will lead the agency delegation participating in the NBAA2014 session, “A Conversation with FAA's Top Safety Leaders,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 3:30 to 5:00...
October 17, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued certification of the Arrius 2B2plus turboshaft engine. Designed for light...
October 15, 2014
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) revealed this morning that United States Congressman William Shuster (R-9-PA) will serve as a keynote speaker for the Opening General Session of the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla. Shuster serves as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, a role that includes legislative...
October 15, 2014
Edward Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a featured speaker during the Opening Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22. During his address, Bolton, whose office is responsible for leading the modernization of the nation’s airspace through the implementation of the Next Generation Air...
October 14, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for...
October 9, 2014
Well, friends, I saw something that confused me so much I had to read it three times to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. But I hadn’t. There was actually an article in the August 31 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that said several politicians are “pushing to scale back the 1033 program.” The Defense 1033 Excess Property program puts surplus military equipment into the...
October 9, 2014
Life Air Rescue, an air medical service located in Shreveport, La., has received an Airbus Helicopters EC135 from Metro Aviation. The rescue service was formed in 1993 when Life Air 1 and Air...
October 9, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the FAA’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the FAA’s voluntary program...
September 17, 2014
Bell Helicopter will be showcasing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X this month at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (ADD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Currently, there are more than 170 Bell 206 Jet Rangers operating in Africa, most of them over 20 years...
September 16, 2014
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) has presented One Atmosphere with its 2014 Eureka award in support of outstanding science for safeguarding Australia for its Pegasus helicopter emergency buoyancy system. The system is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system – like an air bag – that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It is...
September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
September 3, 2014
Resources companies Senex Energy and Drillsearch Energy are sponsoring a Bell 206 Longranger to operate 24 hour medical air ambulance services in the Cooper Basin in South Australia/Queensland in the Australian Outback. The service is the first for the remote region which is a significant onshore oil and gas exploration site, where 4,000-5,000 people can be working on oil and gas...
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