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September 1, 2010
Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson retired as president and chairman on August 10, following 37 years at the helm of the Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer. His son, Kurt Robinson, has assumed both leadership roles. He says that the ongoing progression of the R66 is the company’s top task in the short term. Kurt Robinson (left) is looking to follow the footsteps of his father and...
September 1, 2010
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Bureau has inked a purchase agreement with Eurocopter for a dozen new AS350B2 AStars. Part of a fleet upgrade program, the contract includes an option for two additional aircraft. The helicopters will feature a law enforcement package, including night vision goggle (NVG) equipment, video downlink capacity, FLIR cameras, searchlights, aerial...
September 1, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. was the site of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 40th Annual Convention and Exposition, which ran from July 14 to 17. Co-hosted by the Tucson Police Dept. and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, the event drew aircrews from across North America for networking, exhibitions and social events. Members were also offered their choice of 47 professional development...
September 1, 2010
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters recently delivered helicopters to separate law enforcement agencies—the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Pasadena Police...
September 1, 2010
Over the years, lessons learned have yielded excellent procedures for safe and effective hoist rescues. In my experience, though, many good techniques fail to be shared across user domains. Many of these techniques are codified in written checklists and manuals—you may consider incorporating them into yours and offer concepts missed here in a letter to the editor or e-mail me at...
September 1, 2010
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA investigators are looking into various scenarios—including...
September 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) has equipped two Namibia-based Government Air Transport Services AgustaWestland AW139s...
September 1, 2010
"Back to the Future" would have been an apt theme when Pentagon and U.S. rotorcraft industry and academic representatives convened in Huntsville, Ala., May 5-6 for a workshop on a nascent organization called the Vertical Lift Consortium. The meeting at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal was part of a Defense Department quest to ensure the future of the U.S. vertical lift industry by trying to get...
August 31, 2010
An Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 went down near Scotland, Ark. shortly after 4:00 a.m. last night, according to reports. The...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 24, 2010
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that the Virginia Department of State Police Aviation Unit in Richmond, Va., would receive 19 F4949 Pinnacle Aviation Night Vision systems. ASU already had obtained a necessary GSA contract that...
August 20, 2010
Don Wilson, flight paramedic for Addison, Texas-based Omniflight, has received the Paramedic...
August 16, 2010
Frank Robinson, founder of Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter Co., retired as president and chairman on August 10 after 37 years at the helm. The board elected his son, Kurt Robinson...
August 11, 2010
AgustaWestland has inked a deal to supply six AW139s to the Government of Panama. Four of the helicopters will...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 4, 2010
Two helicopters—a Kamov Ka-32A and a Mil Mi-17-1B—left Azerbaijan on Wednesday headed to Russia to join efforts to bring widespread...
August 4, 2010
Eurocopter has received an order from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for a dozen...
August 4, 2010
The Los Angeles County Fire Department reined in the Crown Fire over the weekend, in an effort that involved...
August 1, 2010
Eurocopter is reporting that the Czech Police Aviation Department (CPAD) has amassed a total of more than 10,000 flight hours of operations. The fleet consists of eight EC135s...
August 1, 2010
American Eurocopter is celebrating the first EC120 to go over 10,000 flight hours. The helicopter is serving with...
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