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July 1, 2012
  Eurocopter will provide a SAR-modified EC225 for Nordic Search and Rescue. Eurocopter Norway has formed a new SAR venture with Eurocopter and Heli-One in Team NORDSAR (Nordic Search and Rescue). Eurocopter will...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
I began recounting an adventure which unfolded in Haiti during the 1970s as part of an unusually challenging Coast Guard case which aspired to recover a number of deceased American air crash victims, and which also happened to lend itself as the perfect model illustrating that helicopter missions can be exponentially more difficult than airplane operations. I don’t know why anyone would want to...
July 1, 2012
Greenwich AeroGroup company, Summit Aviation, has earned AS9100C aerospace quality standard system certification...
July 1, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman has selected John DeLisi as director of the Office of Aviation Safety (OAS). DeLisi replaces the retiring Tom Haueter. DeLisi has been with NTSB for 20 years and served as the OAS deputy director since 2007. Brad Pedersen has succeeded Donald Harlan as president and CEO of Breeze-Eastern. Pedersen was formerly the president of Airborne Systems...
July 1, 2012
Prince William, now a qualified SAR Operational Captain. UK MoD Second in line to the throne after his father, Prince William recently qualified as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot in duties as part of the Royal household in the UK will steadily increase, as the military involvement in conducting SAR missions around the UK is set to stop in the next few years. Military SAR will be replaced by a completely...
June 29, 2012
Hickok & Associates has provided the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans with a wide area augmentation system (WAAS)...
June 28, 2012
Erickson Air-Crane has received a U.S. Forest Service contract to provide another S-64 for firefighting in the western part of the country...
June 25, 2012
Russian Helicopters has delivered the last of five Ka-32A11BCs to the Russian Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM). All five...
June 22, 2012
IT and information services provider Telvent has launched a new weather information and analysis software for helicopters. MxVision...
June 21, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration has published a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Enstrom Helicopter Corp., requiring operators to...
June 21, 2012
BLR Aerospace has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification to install its FastFin tail...
June 20, 2012
Sandel Avionics has agreed to provide Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with HeliTAWS for the Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH)...
June 20, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Fort Shaffer, Hawaii, has granted Evergreen Helicopter an $8.1-million contract to support EMS, firefighting and...
June 19, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 (X-cube) demonstrator taxies for take-off at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas as it begins its U.S. tour. Rotor...
June 19, 2012
FAA has published an airworthiness directive (AD) for the AgustaWestland AW139 that requires operators to verify that the connection between the collective control rod C2 and the torque tube C3 is properly installed. The inspection is required within five hours time-in-service or seven days, whichever...
June 18, 2012
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Rockwell Collins for avionics development on the multifunction radio frequency (MFRF) program. The $5.1-million agreement will see Rockwell Collins...
June 14, 2012
Spokane, Wash.-based Northwest MedStar has added a new base in Pullman. After initially...
June 14, 2012
Greenwich AeroGroup company, Summit Aviation, has earned AS9100C aerospace quality standard system certification. Summit...
June 13, 2012
Eurocopter’s U.S. summer tour of its X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter demonstrator unofficially kicked off Tuesday with the prototype landing in Texas after...
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