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June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | SAR Mountain climbers requiring rescue in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve will have a new ride this year. This is because the National Park Service (NPS) has changed helicopter providers following expiration of contract. Gone is Evergreen Helicopters, which flew mountain rescues under contract for 10 years using a high altitude Aerospatiale SA-315B Lama. In its place...
May 29, 2009
The Nebraska Army National Guard dedicated its Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Island, Nebraska. The 100,000-square-foot facility cost more...
May 22, 2009
AgustaWestland has announced that Tim Peake, the company’s senior test pilot, was selected by the European Space Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps...
May 20, 2009
India’s Union Home Ministry has approved an expansion program for border security, which includes the purchase of eight new helicopters...
May 19, 2009
An EMS helicopter transporting a patient to a Denver area hospital was forced to abort the mission and land at an airport instead of its intended...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 13, 2009
The Lufkin Daily News is reporting that a medical helicopter at Pineywoods Hospital in Lufkin, Texas, was struck by a paintball on March 11. Paintballs are .68 caliber-size, paint-filled plastic membranes fired from gas-powered...
May 12, 2009
New ideas have always been a cornerstone of aviation. With the advances in technology, aircraft designers have more tools and options than ever before to build...
May 12, 2009
The University of North Dakota's Department of Aviation has won a $17 million contract to immediately train 27 Saudi pilots to fly helicopters, plus train 48 more within the next few years. The...
May 7, 2009
Juliano Verbard and two fellow prisoners escaped, last month, in a helicopter hijacked by accomplices from the French Indian...
May 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | GOVERNMENT AGENCIES An R22 and a Bell 206 JetRanger collectively airlifting 600 pounds of marijuana across the U.S.-Canada border, have been busted by a joint Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs task force. The helicopters were part of a "dope-for-cocaine" cross-border exchange. First, a Canadian-organized crime...
May 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL R&W interviewed Dr. Lutz Bertling, CEO, Eurocopter during Heli-Expo 2009. Following is an excerpt from that interview. R&W: What’s going on at Eurocopter? Bertling: The company is in good shape. [We] increased deliveries from 488 to 588 [aircraft]. Our fixed costs have not increased too much, which means, mainly, we achieved it through efficiency improvements. On average, we have...
May 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | COASTGUARD A Sikorsky S-92 made the longest non-stop mercy flight to date for the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Based in Stornoway, Scotland, the S-92 flew 265 miles across the Atlantic Ocean on March 13 on a dispatched call to rescue a 26-year-old fisherman whose hand had been crushed while at sea. "The fishing boat’s location was almost 290 nautical miles west...
April 30, 2009
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Forward was scheduled to return home to Portsmouth, Va. yesterday, following a 56-day patrol of the Caribbean Sea. While...
April 29, 2009
According to a Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) report, police in the northeastern portion of that region are using unmanned miniature helicopters to track down marijuana farms...
April 24, 2009
During an April 22 House Aviation Subcommittee hearing, participants provided testimony regarding the oversight of helicopter medical services as they relate to the safety of...
April 24, 2009
According to a plan approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the helipad will rest atop of the new Children's...
April 23, 2009
At an April 22 Congressional hearing about the alarming rate of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) accidents, John Allen, the FAA’s director of flight standards, testified that...
April 22, 2009
Helicopter Association International president Matt Zucarro is schedule to testify on Capitol Hill before the House Transportation and...
April 21, 2009
The Louisville (Kentucky) Metropolitan Police Department is back in the air again, but for how long? The agency’s MD520N had received extensive damage in an accident in August...
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