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April 20, 2009
Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has appointed Command Pilot Keith Saylor to a brand new position, Fire Operations Manager. The post was...
April 10, 2009
It can never be proved that a helicopter ride to the hospital could have saved actress Natasha Richardson's life. But, it did bring to light that very few...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE The U.K.’s West Yorkshire Police have surpassed 10,000 flying hours on their MD902 Explorer, known as X99. According to the WYP, X99 (aircraft number 078) has set a departmental record for flight hours, reaching 10,157 hours as of mid-March and still going strong...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL With its rotorcraft dominating a large piece of show floor in Anaheim, Sikorsky was out in full force at Heli-Expo 2009. At the same time, the company used the show as a backdrop for a number of announcements. Key among these was the rebranding of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH). The new company also includes...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE The U.K. Home Office (the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, counter-terrorism and police) is buying six Eurocopter EC135P2s for six police departments. This marks the first time that such helicopters have ever been purchased through "a common procurement," said Markus Steinke, managing director of Eurocopter U.K. "In the past, each...
April 1, 2009
Duck and Cover My previous column mentioned performing the right job at the right time and how most of our time in the air is spent as pilots first and police officers second. To beat these systems one must plan backward from the objective to the starting point. In this column, I’d like to explain some instances where we need to put the cop hat back on, and perhaps, even a Kevlar vest, as we examine...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS The Foundation for Air-Medical Research & Education (FARE) has established a scholarship fund for children who have lost a parent in an air medical accident. Known as the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the program will award two...
April 1, 2009
TRAINING Shandscair EMS pilot Don Irving didn’t just survive a bird strike that obliterated his AW109 windscreen and injured him in flight. He managed to finish the mission and get everyone safely back on ground. "I’ve been a flight instructor," Irving said. "So I just talked myself through the problem, like any flight instructor would." The problem occurred on the night of...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS The U.K.’s Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance flew its 7,000th mission on February 26, 2009. The service, which has relied on a single AgustaWestland AW109 since being launched in October 2003, transported a 70-year-old heart attack victim from Coventry’s Cotswick Grange Golf Club to Walsgrave...
March 31, 2009
Beginning in April, government-run Airports of Thailand (AoT) will provide support facilities for helicopters at Suvarnabhumi Airport. In a statement released by...
March 27, 2009
The Winnebago County area of Illinois is referred to as the Stateline, because it borders Wisconsin. The Stateline area...
March 23, 2009
While some companies are scaling back on their use of aircraft, Louisiana governor Boddy Jindal is keeping his helicopter busy. ...
March 23, 2009
Questions still surround the death of a well-known Broadway actress, who died as a result of head injuries sustained in an accident last week. Ambulance operators report that it took four hours to get Natasha...
March 19, 2009
The FAA is grounding 2,800 Bell models, including the 407, 427 and the 206 A, B and L series, to search for improperly installed bearing that...
March 10, 2009
Beginning with an assembly plant, the company could invest up to $550 million in Mexico. Mexico has already...
March 9, 2009
A set of recommendations was created for the state-run EMS helicopter program. This comes on the heels of the four deaths, late last year, from a helicopter crash in Prince...
March 3, 2009
An Aug. 5, 2008 crash of a Carson Helicopters S-61N killed nine firefighters. Four of 13 aboard survived. Now, a California woman has joined the relatives of those that died in another way; she is suing Carson (and its parent United Technologies Corp), engine maker GE and a maintenance company, Columbia...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE Since being delivered in late 2008, the Bell Huey II medium-lift helicopter purchased by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in Calif. has been busy. In January, the Huey II rescued three motorcyclists who became lost in the frigid southern Sierra...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
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