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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...
February 10, 2016
HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro is urging members "don't give the skies to the airlines." In a letter Tuesday, Zuccaro warned of potential U.S. legislation that could "significantly impact helicopter operations in our national airspace" and to...
February 4, 2016
Maverick Helicopters received the FAA's 2015 Award of Excellence Diamond Award. The prestigious honor, which the company has now received five years in a row, is a result of Maverick Helicopters' ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety.   The FAA's Award of Excellence was created to honor...
January 29, 2016
Volo Mission will host a firefighting seminar Feb. 24 to 25 at its new location in Greenville, Texas. Last month, its co-owner and director of operations, Andre Hutchings, completed the final training course that initially was to take place in California. Volo Mission's entire operation had...
January 28, 2016
At a ceremony held today at Stavanger, Norway, Thales officially opened its Norway Training Centre, unveiling the first of several planned helicopter training programs.   Having received both the EASA FSTD (Flight Simulation Training Devices Operator) Operator, and Level D...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 26, 2016
Air medical services provider Memorial Hermann Life Flight was recently honored at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016.   The Houston-area operator was recognized as the EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year, one of four total awards given at the event.   In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have...
January 21, 2016
The public is still waiting to hear from investigators whether the first non-military midair collision between a drone and helicopter occurred this past November in California. On Nov. 23, a Robinson Helicopter R22 operated by Los Angeles Helicopters made an emergency landing during a cross-country training flight after its windscreen was partially shattered. A lack of residual bird matter, along with...
January 20, 2016
Accident investigators said that engine modifications made to an air ambulance helicopter may have left it more susceptible to icing and contributed to its fatal crash in 2013.    The Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2, operated by EagleMed, had taken off early on Feb. 22, 2013, from Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City to commence an inter-hospital patient transport flight. It appeared to suffer...
January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
January 11, 2016
Advocates for less stringent U.S. regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) might be losing the struggle for public opinion, if newspaper editorials since registration went into effect are any indication.  Newspapers large and small have said the risks small drones pose to other aircraft, to the privacy of people on the ground and to national security justify the FAA’s registration...
January 7, 2016
  The Tokyo Fire Department is equipping its Airbus Helicopters EC225s to fight high-rise fires. Photo courtesy of Mamo   The Tokyo Fire Department this week introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires during annual fire-awareness ceremonies.    The Air Fire Rescue Task Forces’ development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in...
January 7, 2016
Efforts to make small-drone operations more accountable and safe are growing as the ranks of drone fliers increase.    Since Dec. 21, when the FAA began requiring registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with maximum takeoff weights of more than 0.55 lb to fewer than 55 lb, more than 180,000 aircraft have been registered, the agency’s head told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
January 4, 2016
Nepal has named the leader of a national agency to rebuild earthquake-devastated areas after eight months of bureaucratic wrangling. The move might facilitate sustained helicopter support in areas damaged by last April's...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of DFR Luftrettung   German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung retired its last Bell Helicopter 412 at the New Year, completing a transition to an...
December 30, 2015
The U.K.’s National Police Air Service plans to close 10 of 25 helicopter bases across the country next year to help reduce budget shortfalls, according to a report in...
December 29, 2015
    The U.K.’s first “official” astronaut has learned one difference between his current duties and his past jobs as a helicopter test pilot for the British Army and AgustaWestland: few people notice when a “rotorhead” dials a wrong number.    Tim Peake, an astronaut for the European Space Agency, is among three new crewmembers on the International Space...
December 28, 2015
The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate is calling for a special industry/government group to review helicopter bird-strike protection standards, according to a news report citing recent testimony before the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.    Reported collisions between...
December 28, 2015
  An Irish Coast Guard S-92 on a 2014 mission. Photo courtesy of Miguel Mendez / CC BY 2.0   The Irish Coast Guard completed its 1,000th helicopter mission this year on...
December 23, 2015
The aerial firefighting industry in the U.S. already is bracing for another bad season in 2016, and the concerns have a Cabinet secretary picking a fight with Congress.    The industry is winding down from one of the most destructive wildland fire seasons ever experienced in the American west, according to the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Assn. “The industry is...
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