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February 1, 2009
PUBLIC Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wis. Governor Jim Doyle are discussing a variety of ways, including the possibility of barter, to cut costs through the sharing of different state-supplied services...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC Even the most experienced climbers are rarely a match for high-mountain storms. In June 2008, a freak blizzard dumped two feet of snow on Mount Rainier in Washington, stranding three hikers at an elevation of 10,000 feet. The U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a Chinook from 244th Aviation Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash., to rescue the climbers. Weather, elevation and rapidly...
January 27, 2009
On Jan. 27, the government of Colombia announced it is days away from receiving 32 new helicopters for its military...
January 22, 2009
Pursuant to budget shortfalls that have plagued many cities, counties and states, Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff David Morgan reports that he will have to close...
January 20, 2009
Today, Eurocopter released its sales figures for 2008, which showed it fully met its objectives for the year. The...
January 20, 2009
Airborne emergency medical service operators in New Zealand who fly in the vicinity of Wellington are trying to fight a long-standing ban on single-engine helicopters flights above densely populated areas. The ban...
January 19, 2009
On Jan. 15, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation jointly invested in a program to create China Aviation Industry Helicopter Co., Ltd. (CAIHC) The...
January 16, 2009
On Jan. 15 the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings in four emergency medical service helicopter accidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008. It found that poor...
January 14, 2009
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle are discussing a variety of ways to cut costs through the sharing of several...
January 12, 2009
To save $50,000 a month, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office suspended its use of two leased helicopters; a...
January 6, 2009
A North Carolina man has been arrested for shining a laser light at a police aircrew on the evening of January 3. Nicholas Wheeler now faces charges of interfering...
January 1, 2009
Safety Versus Mission Keith M. Cianfrani only touched the surface of the complexity of carrying out a safe and efficient helicopter medical transport ("Medical Transport: Safety Versus Mission" November 2008, page 60). As an aging Coast Guard aviator with a few too many dark and stormy nights in my memory, I received notification from the rescue coordination center that a high-risk pregnancy...
January 1, 2009
PRODUCTS After three court appearances and one jury trial, defendant Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif. prevailed in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Honeywell International. The $10.6 million suit, which was filed in 2002, alleged that Sandel’s ST3400 terrain avoidance warning...
January 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE A British police helicopter crew reported a near collision with an unidentified flying object over Birmingham, England. The pilot and two observers described the UFO as a small craft with blue-green lights that closed...
January 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE The Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida’s largest law enforcement agency, has taken delivery of its first of four Eurocopter AS350B3s. It will join the department’s current fleet of three Bell 206L-4 Long Rangers. The new aircraft is powered by the Turbomeca Arriel 2B1...
January 1, 2009
Passing On Lessons Learned From time to time, when I least expect it, the helicopter gods will turn my comfortable little world upside down. This in turn will force me to reappraise how I practice the art of flying a helicopter or think about how I fit into the grand scheme of helicopter things. When I was a line pilot, making my living flying every day, this was usually a short lesson. I would be on a...
January 1, 2009
By now you may have noticed that there is an all new photo up on the front pages of this magazine to go along with the monthly note there from the Editor-in-Chief. Our previous editor has neither entered the witness protection program nor taken an extended vacation on some sun-soaked beach that has left him visibly more tanned — Ernie Stephens took the helm of the magazine officially back in the...
January 1, 2009
Stronger Together As part of Cobham Avionics, S-TEC and Chelton Flight Systems have merged to create an Integrated Systems Center of Excellence in Mineral Wells, Texas. The move is part of Cobham’s drive to develop a fully integrated cockpit and improve its customer focus. The capabilities of S-TEC and Chelton are highly complementary, with products from both businesses certified together on more...
January 1, 2009
Simplex Manufacturing is committed to providing premier aviation products to the field of Fire Management, Agricultural Applications, Emergency Medical Response, and now Power Line Maintenance. With over 63 years of expertise, the Simplex team is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer support worldwide. SMC is entering its 64th year of engineering and manufacturing excellence. The company is...
January 1, 2009
Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. In the industry since 1938, Turbomeca is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines. With continued investments to expand global service and production capabilities, standard-setting design and engineering, and our 24/7 after-sales service, Turbomeca is committed to...
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