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July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE A disturbing trend is occurring in the U.K. Police helicopters are being vandalized. On June 8, just before about 2 a.m., a Eurocopter EC135 used by the West Midlands Police (WPD) was seen ablaze on its pad at Elmdon Airport in Birmingham. Air traffic controllers called in the local fire brigade, but not before the aircraft had "suffered extensive damage," said WPD...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The City of Atlanta Police Department is equipping its MD-500 police helicopter with night vision technology. The equipment and training will be supplied by Night Flight Concepts. NFC is providing the city with FAA-approved NIVISYS NVAG-6 night vision goggles (NVGs), plus equipping the MD-500 with...
July 1, 2009
Victor E. Boccelli, a helicopter designer, has died. He designed helicopters for the Piasecki company and Boeing Vertol Division. Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group announced that aerospace industry veteran Phillip Fienen has joined PAG as the company’s new regional sales manager. Fienen is a retired U.S. Marine Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion crew chief. The National Business Aviation Association...
July 1, 2009
July 12-14 — ALA 2009, The Latin American Aeronautical Association, Miami, Fla. Contact: Phone: 1-817-284-0431; Web: www.ala@aero. July 18-19 — Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. Contact: Web: www.airtattoo.com. July 22-25 — Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Savannah, Ga. Contact: Phone: 1-301-631-2406; Web...
July 1, 2009
Law enforcement officers are creatures of contradiction. They believe in routine, but got into the business of public safety because they don’t want a nine-to-five job doing the same old thing day after day. They like order, but you’d never know that if you were to see a group of them at a local bar once they are off duty. And even though they will pledge their undying loyalty to just one...
July 1, 2009
In the teeth of a worldwide recession, the word of the day for police forces — U.K. ones at least — is collaboration. In reality this has been the word for a year or more: traditional county constabularies have belatedly realized that buying in bulk, whether helicopters, searchlights, uniform sweaters or whistles, is only a matter of common sense. More rural police air support units (ASUs) have...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP In the wake of the VH-71 presidential helicopter cancellation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been floating ideas for a cost-saving substitute. One idea that Gates raised with the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee on May 19 was what could be called the "two helicopter solution." "One of the things we’re thinking about is that, in fact, all of the...
June 25, 2009
Chief Darryl Oliveria of the Hawaii County Fire Department has announced that his agency will be buying a new light helicopter for search and rescue duty. The...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
June 11, 2009
Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration this past Saturday. The company...
June 9, 2009
Two police helicopters in the U.K. have been vandalized while sitting on the ground at their bases in as many months. The first occurred in May when a Surrey helicopter was heavily damaged...
June 3, 2009
The Sikorsky is the first of two for the county, which, according to the Interior Ministry's Forever Green fundraising...
June 2, 2009
President Barack Obama's administration has notified Congress that Egypt would receive the AH-64D Apache Longbows...
June 1, 2009
The Good Old Days We are spoiled brats. It’s true. We get mad when people say that to us, but let’s talk honestly. I think they say it out of jealousy, and they have a right to be jealous. Most of them don’t get to wear a gun and play cops ‘n robbers, or save a life, AND play pilot all in a day’s work. Still, we complain. We complain about what we have and what we don’t...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE Members of the Louisville, Ky. Police Department are wondering if their one remaining helicopter will stay in service. The MD520N, known as Air Unit 20, was recently returned to duty after spending two years being repaired. A rollover accident destroyed its rotor system and seriously damaged its...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | FIREFIGHTING One of Columbia Helicopters’ Model 234 Chinooks continues to fight forest fires in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, despite the cases of swine flu in that region. "Our people are taking the precautions recommended by the CDC," said Dan Richards...
June 1, 2009
NEWS Want to understand why the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector is running into safety and operational issues? One logical starting point is the HEMS Industry Risk Profile (IRP) just released by the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). It identifies 26 different risk factors affecting HEMS safety in the U.S. today. According to the HEMS IRP, the most serious risks faced by the...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Mayo Clinic’s Mayo One HEMS program has added a second American Eurocopter EC145 to its fleet. Mayo One’s first EC145 was received in February 2008. The two EC145s are replacing two Eurocopter BK117 B-2s. Using the two EC145s, a Eurocopter BK117 C-1 and a backup BK117 B-2, the clinic serves three helicopter bases in Rochester, Minn., Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wis...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has launched a public education campaign regarding the importance of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS); particularly in rural and other under-served areas. But AAMS Executive Director Dawn Mancuso denies that the campaign is taking advantage of actress Natasha Richardson’s death by launching the campaign now. The...
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