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March 12, 2012
Los Angeles Fire Department’s Air Operations unit has chosen Aero Dynamix to install night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrades on five AgustaWestland AW139s...
March 8, 2012
Cobham Aviation Services and Bristow Helicopters joint venture, FB Heliservices, has agreed to provide helicopter flight training for the UK Ministry of Defence at RAF Shawbury, RAF Valley and Army Aviation Centre (AAC) Middle Wallop. The four-year, £193-million (approximately $303-million) contract carries two one-year extension options and will also service and support RAF Shawbury and AAC...
March 7, 2012
On Feb. 12, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), the Frederick, Md.-based organization that represents law enforcement aviators worldwide, granted accreditation—the first in the U.S.—to two of its member organizations during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Police Aircrews from the...
March 5, 2012
The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has awarded charter and pipeline surveillance operator, Heli Air, with IS-BAO registration. Heli Air marks the first operator to receive the registration under...
March 2, 2012
The University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed program in Salt Lake City has chosen...
March 1, 2012
Writing this while on a plane back from Dallas after a busy and eventful Heli-Expo, I’m finally getting the chance to finish a thought that struck me early on during the non-stop four-day event. Let’s be honest—the world’s largest rotorcraft event is about people. As much as “the blitz” of new helicopters, equipment, upgrades, technology developments, STC programs and...
March 1, 2012
Tech-Tool Plastics: Reinforced and Ready to Install EC120, EC130 Windows Tech-Tool Plastics is pleased to offer the ultimate in quality replacement windows for your Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 helicopters. Currently FAA, EASA, Transport Canada and ANAC approved, these windows offer reinforced edging which helps prevent cracking during extreme temperature changes. Plus, these replacement windows are...
March 1, 2012
Sikorsky has signed with Brazilian operator Lider Aviacao to provide three S-92s. Lider will use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transport for Petrobras. The purchase adds to Lider’s fleet of four S-92s and 42 S-76s. Sikorsky expects deliveries to begin later this year. Mexican operator Aeroservicios...
March 1, 2012
NVG award winners at Heli-Expo. ASU hosted its 2nd annual Night Vision Awards ceremony on February 12, recognizing law enforcement, EMS, public safety and transport...
March 1, 2012
UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Glasspool is the head of flight operations for the European business unit at Bristow and is a member of the British Helicopter Association (BHA)’s Council of Management. He also represents the European Helicopter Association (EHA) as a member of the...
March 1, 2012
Entrsom’s Jerry Mullins (shown here at the 2011 Forum) and MD Helicopters’ Lynn Tilton were the only two CEOs at the CEO Forum. This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a...
March 1, 2012
Enstrom has started delivering 30 TH-480B, single-engine, turbine helicopters to the JGSDF. The aircraft will be used primarily for helicopter training. Enstrom Heli-Expo 2012 served as the backdrop for showing off one of 30 Enstrom...
March 1, 2012
While the future is inherently hard to predict (especially when it comes to the economy), the more than 1,000 chief pilots and flight department managers who were questioned for Honeywell’s 14th annual Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Outlook plan to buy “strong” in 2012, but are uncertain about 2013 and beyond. The survey, which represents a pool of operators flying almost 2,500...
March 1, 2012
If you’re looking for a bright spot in any sector of aviation, the best place to start is the helicopter segment. The rising price of oil along with the continued growth of EMS and SAR have helped helicopter manufacturers maintain rather healthy production numbers. In fact, at last year’s Heli-Expo, Honeywell’s annual Turbine-powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook predicted that...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
March 1, 2012
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts has agreed to provide its Laser Armor light interference filters (LIFs) for the Tampa Police Department’s Aviation Unit. The filters are...
March 1, 2012
Croman Corporation’s Sikorsky S-61 empties its belly tank. UK-based Tangent Link hosted the Aerial Firefighting International Airshow and Conference in January. More than 150 attendees, including civil...
March 1, 2012
In my last Public Service column (“Orphan Treatment,” January 2012, page 64), I wrote about the NTSB Public Aircraft Safety meeting on December 1 in Washington, D.C. To recap, this meeting was held to discuss the proposed efforts by some that may lead to the elimination of public aircraft operations. Some may think that statement a little beyond politically correct. After all, it’s all...
March 1, 2012
During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from emerging markets to aftermarket support. The Moscow-based conglomerate is made up of a dozen subsidiaries, including Mil and Kamov, employing a total of around 40,000 people. Petrov said that Russian Helicopters is keeping tabs on the civil rotorcraft...
March 1, 2012
Viktor Ruklinski announces the CIS’ intent to partner with IHST. Photo by Chris Sheppard During Heli-Expo, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) held a town hall meeting open to all pilots, safety managers and anyone interested in helicopter safety issues. Attendees raised a number of concerns, including the lighting on wind towers and heliports that is currently invisible to night vision...
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