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October 1, 2011
A Eurocopter EC155 was delivered to the Dalian Municipal Public Security Bureau ahead of the World Economic Forum in China. Eurocopter/Anthony Pecchi Among the participants in the first China Helicopter Exposition was Eurocopter, which brought...
October 1, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have received an order for three AW139s from the Japan National Police Agency. Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Nagaono Police and Hokkaido Police will use the three helicopters in multiple roles, with entry into service projected for spring 2013. The helicopters...
October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States has grown nearly 300 percent to approximately 840. Coupled with the industry’s rapid growth, the HEMS accident rate...
October 1, 2011
October 1, 2011
aparker@accessintel.com I found out a lot about helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) during a 30-minute chat with the head of the largest air medical operator in the U.S., Aaron Todd (see Air Methods CEO: Higher Responsibility for HEMS,” page 44, and the full interview at www.rotorandwing.com starting Monday, Oct. 3). The biggest just got bigger—with the recent acquisition of Omniflight...
October 1, 2011
Aaron Todd, CEO of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) provider Air Methods, spoke with Rotor & Wing in September for a wide-ranging interview covering a number of topics, including the company’s recent acquisition of Omniflight Helicopters and the challenges facing the HEMS industry. With the acquisition, the Air Methods fleet now consists of 398 helicopters—Eurocopter, Bell and...
October 1, 2011
Bullying is a topic often spotlighted across almost every venue within common ground-bound American news media, but one aspect of this disruptive behavioral phenomenon somewhat surprisingly occurs far too often within rotary wing aviation operations. This column has regularly presented a running suggestion that those who operate in helicopter aviation activities not allow themselves to be coerced into...
October 1, 2011
There is a perceived increase in EMS accidents over the last 10 years. One reason cited for EMS having a higher accident rate than other forms of flying is that pilots are under some sort of pressure to fly. The main pressure to fly is pressure the pilot puts on himself. There are pilots who pretend to be seagulls. They require someone to throw rocks at them to get airborne but, thankfully, they are few...
October 1, 2011
October 1, 2011
Stuffed hogs provide target practice for hunters.  Photo by Eric Lewis As one person referred to shooting a feral hog from a helicopter: “This is a hunters trifecta!” Hunting, hogs and a helicopter—all at one time. Texas is the only state in the U.S. that will allow any wild animal to be killed from a helicopter. That animal is the feral hog, sometimes referred to by Texas land...
October 1, 2011
This new Eurocopter EC225 will replace an older Sikorsky S-61N in the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) fleet. Eurocopter photo by Anthony Pecchi The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) has...
October 1, 2011
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety recommendation for Robinson R44s...
September 30, 2011
American Eurocopter has received its first order from the Pima County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) in Tucson, Ariz. for an AS350B3e...
September 29, 2011
Government orders for helicopters in the homeland security, parapublic and emergency medical services (EMS) sectors are offsetting the downturn in corporate business orders, Olivier Michalon, vice president of customers for Europe and Central Asia, told Rotor & Wing on Wednesday morning at Helitech. He is responsible for country markets that stretch from western Ireland to the Pacific. Eurocopter has...
September 28, 2011
Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) has selected Specialist Aviation Services to provide maintenance support for its...
September 27, 2011
Helitech Duxford organizers Reed Exhibitions is hoping for at least the same number of visitors to this year’s tradeshow, with projections to go above the 4,000 attendees from the 2009 version of the biannual event. “If we can deliver even better than what we did in ’09, great, but if we’re tracking about the same, we’ll do very well,” Brandon Ward, exhibition director...
September 27, 2011
Offshore Wind Farm Debate Leads Helitech The impact of offshore wind farms on the rotary wing industry will be a featured topic during Helitech. The future growth plans of the wind farms will be the focus of a session on September 28 with the release of the...
September 26, 2011
With helicopters touching down and Duxford’s aerodrome abuzz with the sound of cranes and torn plastic coverings, exhibitors are gearing up for the start of Helitech 2011 on Tuesday. The show, which runs from September 27 to 29, is celebrating 25 years with a new feature—a dedicated conference program from organizers Reed Exhibitions. Among the conference...
September 26, 2011
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