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April 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 412EPI to Chongqing General Aviation (CQGA). The helicopter is the first certified Bell 412 type aircraft to operate in China and will be used for fire-fighting missions.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter A delivery ceremony was held at Bell Helicopter’s customization and delivery center in Piney...
April 14, 2015
The FAA has proposed a $1.54 million civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating Eurocopter EC130 helicopters on dozens of flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Air Methods operated two helicopters on 70 passenger-carrying flights for compensation or hire, over...
April 8, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters. Jeff Roberts, CEO and president of Erickson Incorporated, commented, “I am happy these valued government and commercial customers selected us once again and gave us a vote of confidence in our ability to serve their...
April 8, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., has partnered with Outerlink Global Solutions and Metro Aviation to launch Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which is expected to expand tracking, communication and overall safety practices. IRIS provides global coverage and will allow REACH to record significantly greater amounts of aircraft data. The data will be...
April 8, 2015
  It’s difficult to believe, but the FAA is actively soliciting our opinion on a variety of issues related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Regardless of your feelings on this subject, don’t miss this rare opportunity to help shape the future of aviation. The comment period will end April 24. Many entrepreneurs in the U.S. want to use sUASs for non-recreational purposes. In the...
April 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host its first International Rotorcraft Safety Conference from April 21 to 23 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The free event is part of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Safety Initiative and will provide conference attendees with tips about how to reduce helicopter accidents. In fiscal year 2013, 37 people lost their lives in rotorcraft...
April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 last month, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company’s UK search and rescue (SAR) contract. Bristow was awarded a 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Jonathan Baliff, Sergei Sikorsky, Richard Parkes and Shane...
April 7, 2015
CHC Helicopter, search and rescue (SAR) operator for the Irish Coast Guard, currently has four bases in Ireland: Waterford, Shannon, Sligo and Dublin. In 2012, CHC began its latest contract with the Irish Coast Guard: a 10-year contract with the option of a three-year extension. Rotor & Wing sat down with Chris Hodson, CHC’s general operations manager for SAR services, to speak more about the...
April 3, 2015
Northrop Grumman Corporation's subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot's line of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). AirRobot produces electrical powered multi-copter systems that can carry a payload weighing up to 7 pounds and fly for as long as 50 minutes. The systems can also carry a wide range of payloads – including multi-spectral cameras...
April 2, 2015
Northwest MedStar owns a mixed fleet of four fixed-wing and seven rotory-wing aircraft, and recently replaced one of its helicopters with a new Airbus H135 (EC135) completed by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. Metro has also operated all 11 aircraft for Northwest MedStar since August of 1994.   Photo courtesy of...
April 1, 2015
Aeryon Labs Inc., manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), is the first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) sUAS provider to be granted statewide approvals by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for research and public safety applications. Kansas State University Salina (KSU) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) have been granted authority to use Aeryon sUAS throughout their respective...
March 31, 2015
Following the delivery of three Dauphins this month, two Japanese law enforcement agencies have signed contracts for new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin airframes. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the EC155) to be deployed by the Kagawa Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ variant for the Fukuoka...
March 31, 2015
Breeze-Eastern Corporation, the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has delivered more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. The system's unique Reactive Overload Clutch (ROC) feature is a next-generation improvement over standard slip-clutch technology used by other manufacturers...
March 30, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint. The...
March 25, 2015
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has chosen Vector Aerospace to to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the department's three Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Pumas. The inspection will also include...
March 24, 2015
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions – which, according to the committee’s research, shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators. The committee also identified the following safety...
March 24, 2015
This month, at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), Airbus Helicopters will discuss its commitment to international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. The company will emphasize its helicopter solutions that can provide air transport efficiency to...
March 20, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology...
March 18, 2015
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered 189 commercial and military aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region over the past three years. In 2014, deliveries increased by 11 percent from 2012, and today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region. Mi-171. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Last fall, Russian Helicopters was granted the right to provide direct...
March 17, 2015
AgustaWestland recently delivered two new AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to Malaysian clients, configured for corporate and VIP transportation. To date, nearly 30 AW139s have been sold in Malaysia with aircraft in service with corporate customers, Weststar Aviation Services, Bomba and the Maritime Enforcement Agency. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Customers in Malaysia benefit from a wide...
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