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November 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy has begun rotorcraft project testing using its new Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation (T-REX), a Bell UH-1N adapted for use in developing and testing new technology equipment. T-REX is a part of NAVAIR’s Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA), and headed by Brad Schieferdecker, associate director for technology development, and based at NAS...
November 1, 2010
As I write this column before the outcome of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) is known (expected towards the end of October), it is already clear that the process has been rushed through. Where the previous SDR in 1998 took a year-plus to complete, this time and despite the desperate need for a strategic re-evaluation which is long overdue, the process hasn’t taken more...
October 22, 2010
American Eurocopter has handed over an AS350B2 to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Aviation Section, based in Long Island...
October 21, 2010
AgustaWestland has won a $71-million contract from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command...
October 20, 2010
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has selected the Cobham 3D synthetic vision EFIS for its fleet of 14 Eurocopter AS350B2s. Headquartered in Monterey...
October 12, 2010
An MD Helicopters’ Explorer in service with the Humberside Police Authority has gone back into service following a...
October 7, 2010
Extensive changes are in store for the regulations that guide helicopter EMS operations, under an FAA Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released Thursday. The agency is moving to tighten flight rules and...
October 1, 2010
Russian Helicopters organized an early July visit to Andalusia to show the Spanish region’s capacities in firefighting—notably with four Kamov Ka-32s operated by Inaer. The Spanish company owns 10 copies of the EASA-certified version, the Ka-32A11BC, the other six being used by other Spanish regions. Inaer provides full operation of the helicopter—aircraft, crews, equipment, fuel and...
October 1, 2010
Two U.S. west coast Kaman K-MAX operators are keeping busy in recent weeks. Kirkland, Wash.-based Rainier Heli-International’s K-MAX (shown here) helped contain the Bull...
October 1, 2010
Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) is a $2.5-billion business annually in the U.S., but extremely diverse. Some of the top civil operators are privately held, making financial data scarce. And, however similar the aircraft appear to the patients inside them, no two companies are alike. The only statistic that is usually available is the number of aircraft per provider, although this figure is...
October 1, 2010
A group of government and industry organizations has completed certification of the first Bell 429 to conduct steep approaches using wide area augmentation system (WAAS) capability. Involved in the collaborative effort are Bell Helicopter, Air Methods, FAA (including its Global Navigation Satellite System Program Office and Flight Standards Organization), Hickock & Associates, and Des Moines...
October 1, 2010
Using three Eurocopter EC145s—including a new one that entered service in June—Austin, Texas-based...
October 1, 2010
Animation shows cockpit view from the Piper PA-32R-300 one second before it struck the Eurocopter AS350BA on Aug. 8, 2009 over the Hudson River. NTSB Image The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its findings in the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision involving a helicopter and a small aircraft over the Hudson River near New York City. Nine people died in the crash, which involved a Liberty...
September 15, 2010
Following a five-hour public meeting yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a multi-pronged probable cause in the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision of a tour helicopter and small aircraft over the Hudson River near New York City. Nine people died in the accident, which involved a Liberty Helicopters-operated Eurocopter AS350BA...
September 14, 2010
Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has finished night vision goggle maintenance training courses for California Shock...
September 14, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting at 9:30 a.m. EST this morning to issue a report...
September 13, 2010
Using its three Eurocopter EC145s, Austin/Travis County STAR Flight rescued 13 people from floods related to...
September 9, 2010
Local authorities have dispatched helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers to assist with efforts to contain a fire west of Boulder that started...
September 8, 2010
A government/industry partnership including Bell Helicopter, FAA, Air Methods and Des Moines, Iowa-based Mercy One have certified the first Bell 429 for steep approaches using...
September 7, 2010
FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Bell 222, including the B and U models, and the Bell 230 and 430. The AD is related to a...
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