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January 31, 2011
Bell Helicopter has obtained Brazilian ANAC certification for the 429. The...
January 28, 2011
American Eurocopter has sold a fourth EC145 to Geisinger Medical...
January 25, 2011
During an HAI Forum on Thursday, FAA Director of Flight Standards Services John Allen told around 100 people in attendance that the agency intends to clear up regulations governing public-use helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft that are so confusing, even his own inspectors do not fully understand them. Held at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va., HAI called the Jan. 20 forum to address questions raised as...
January 25, 2011
During an HAI Forum on Thursday, FAA Director of Flight Standards Services John Allen told around 100 people in attendance that the agency intends to clear up regulations governing public-use helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft that are so...
January 24, 2011
The U.S. State Department has delivered three Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks to the Mexican government’s...
January 24, 2011
AgustaWestland has obtained a contract to supply Switzerland-based SAR and air medical...
January 20, 2011
Lynn Tilton, President & CEO of Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters, is being honored as the...
January 20, 2011
Eurocopter has received an order for three EC135s and two EC145s from STAT MedEvac. The air...
January 14, 2011
The state of Maryland is suing the U.S. government over a September 2008 helicopter crash that killed four people, claiming that FAA air...
January 13, 2011
A close look at documents from the U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) and a company it’s placing much of the blame on for a 2008 helicopter crash reveals a sharp contrast in viewpoints from the government investigators and the operator—Perkasie, Pa.-based Carson Helicopters—as to what led the Sikorsky S-61 to fall from the sky. With all the “he said, she said”...
January 12, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have received an order for an AW139 from Saitama Prefecture of Japan. The helicopter will conduct firefighting, EMS, disaster relief and...
January 10, 2011
American Eurocopter has finished course work for the first customer of its new AS350 flight and mission simulator—Utah...
January 10, 2011
FAA has granted Level 2 exit status for Air Methods’ safety management system (SMS) program. The designation...
January 7, 2011
AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL-Swidnik has obtained EASA certification to install a...
January 6, 2011
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee County MEDSTAR has chosen to upgrade its Bell 430 with the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital audio...
January 4, 2011
Eurocopter subsidiary Helibras has handed over the first three Brazilian Armed Forces EC725s under a 50-helicopter...
January 3, 2011
A PHI-registered air medical Eurocopter EC135P2+ was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cessna 172 on Friday above Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)...
January 1, 2011
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the National Transportation Board has placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson Helicopters. During a public meeting Dec. 7 coinciding with the release of the accident’s probable causes, board members touched on the many complicated aspects of the...
January 1, 2011
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman used an analogy to describe how federal oversight relates to public-use aircraft, a topic that came up multiple times during the Dec. 7 meeting: “Public-use operations have been made an orphan by the aviation industry, like they have no parent and no one wants to be responsible for them. And this orphan, everyone says when they make a mistake or when something goes...
January 1, 2011
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI), the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and other industry leaders have identified safety management systems (SMS) as a key tool in the effort to reduce helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. Without setting into the statistics, there are plenty of places to read the raw numbers, but let’s just start by agreeing that the helicopter industry’s safety record...
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