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December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
December 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service. Enhancements incorporated in the latest variant of the EC135 family include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering, an improved flight envelope, especially in hot- and-high environments, and an...
December 8, 2014
Australian states and territories are preparing for this year’s bushfire season with aerial resources in place. Although the Australian summer only starts on Dec. 1, the bushfire season starts as early as late August in some parts of the country’s north east and continues through to April in the south west. Erickson Aircranes have started arriving in the country, with two Aircranes –...
December 8, 2014
Sikorsky Sea King. Photo courtesy RAF The final Search and Rescue (SAR) conference organized by the Royal Air Force was held during early November at RAF Valley at the far tip of northwest Wales, on the island of Anglesey. In March 2015, the UK will begin the process of handing over responsibility for SAR to the new civil contractor, Bristow Helicopters. Bristow will gradually take responsibility over the...
December 4, 2014
Years ago, when I first joined the police aviation unit, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with a former Marine Corps CH-46 driver. As the new guy, I was very happy when this more experienced aviator would say, “You have the controls,” and give me command of the aircraft. As I made every effort to fly as smoothly and precisely as possible, there was always some wisdom he would readily...
December 3, 2014
Earlier this year, the high sheriff of Stanislaus County (Calif.) caught some heat for allowing his helicopters to participate in several charitable events that were either outside of the county proper, or involved organizations that were not entities of the county government. One such event occurred on May 15 at the Saddle Creek Resort, just 4 n.m. inside of neighboring Calaveras County. Apparently, a...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
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...
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