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June 7, 2016
The Simplex Fire Attack System, an internal high-capacity fire-suppression tank, was deployed on a Columbia Helicopters CH-47D Chinook for the first time. The...
June 3, 2016
Airbus Helicopters Foundation has partnered with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief to provide helicopter airlift support in...
June 2, 2016
Erickson Inc. will provide helicopter transport supporting the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Inventory Analysis project. The 5-yr contract calls for Erickson to deliver an exclusive-use light-lift helicopter for charter services to a field crew led by the dept...
June 1, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica unveiled the AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian all-weather search-and-rescue helicopter at the manufacturer's Yeovil, England, facility. Deliveries of the aircraft will start with the...
May 26, 2016
NASA's proposal for a small helicopter to help explore the surface of Mars has won backing from an important congressional panel. The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2017 appropriations bill that covers the space agency's spending, including $408 million to launch a new rover in 2020 to explore the Red Planet. That interplanetary mission is intended...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 20, 2016
Bell Helicopter has delivered seven Bell 429 helicopters to the Swedish National Police. Those aircraft will be used in Sweden for law enforcement and search and...
May 20, 2016
As part of the U.S. Coast Guard aviation unit's centennial celebration this year, the service has painted some of its aircraft in historic paint schemes. Those aircraft are said to be returned to service and delivered to various stations around the U.S. throughout the year. In addition to two HC-144...
May 19, 2016
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying 66 passengers from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, crashed while traveling from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane had crashed, but it's too early to determine a cause. He said terrorism is not being...
May 17, 2016
CHC Helicopter's Irish search-and-rescue operation has reached the milestone of 10,000 Sikorsky S-92 flight hr. Operating from the company's bases in Sligo, Waterford, Shannon and Dublin since 2012, CHC has...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 9, 2016
Aerial and ground firefighters in northeastern Alberta, Canada, got some help from nature over the weekend in their struggle to steer burning from a massive, out-of-control wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 100,000. Cooler temperatures and some rain aided the battle against the Horse River wildfire, which since May 1 has burned more than 620 sq mi (1,610 sq km), destroyed more than 1,600 homes and...
May 9, 2016
A Canadian Armed Forces CH-147F Chinook delivered 8,200 lb of food, water and other supplies to Fort McKay First Nation as part of efforts...
May 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
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...
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