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October 25, 2016
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a major source of controversy as protesters have occupied Morton County, North Dakota, for months. Critics say the pipeline, which is worth a reported $3.8 billion and spans four states, could disturb sacred Native American sites and endanger the quality of drinking water in those areas. With violence increasing, ground and aerial police forces have been surveying the...
October 19, 2016
Montana's Billings Flying Service, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of Boeing CH-47D Chinooks among its Bell Helicopter rotorcraft. The Chinooks are now nearing maximum flight hours allowed before service is needed, according to local news reports. Billings Flying Service would like to build its own hangar to perform...
October 19, 2016
After a few years without one, Pennsylvania's Brandywine Hospital will present its new hangar today, the company said. Rededicated as "JeffSTAT Hangar at Brandywine Hospital" the facility comes as a collaboration between the hospital, Jefferson Health and Air...
October 18, 2016
Traverse City, Michigan's Coast Guard will replace four Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphins with three Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawks, according to a Coast Guard news release. The switch will happen at Air Station Traverse City in April next year. Located in the Great Lakes Region in the Coast Guard's ninth...
October 17, 2016
The Haitian government expects the death toll to continue to climb and said that well more than 1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The devastation left by Hurricane Matthew is requiring help from all places, as the U.N., USAID, the U.S. Military and others are sending aid from abroad and putting boots on the...
October 13, 2016
Bell Helicopter is reassembling a Model 429 full-flight simulator in Spain and readying it for recertification and use by next January at its new training academy in the eastern coastal city of Valencia. The OEM said at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week that it is working with fellow Textron company TRU Simulation + Training to gain EASA certification of the simulator in time to offer 429...
October 12, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H135 family turns 20 this year, celebrating more than 300 customers in 75 countries. H135 rotorcraft are flown in support of emergency medical services, law enforcement, corporate transport, offshore wind and military flight...
October 12, 2016
Contrary to what might be happening elsewhere in the rotorcraft industry, Ireland-based Lease Corp. International (LCI) is having its most successful year since its founding in 2004, according to a company news release. With 35 helicopters in its lease portfolio, the company plans to add five more before the end of the year. Operating a fleet largely comprised of...
October 7, 2016
As Apple's slogan goes, "There's an app for that." And now, if a member in the Swedish National Police force wants to quickly compute the weight and balance of his or her Bell Helicopter 429 Global Ranger, it is possible to...
October 4, 2016
Mainly known for their recreational applications or aerial photography, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are making their way into search and rescue (SAR) missions.  On Oct. 12, one session will explore how rotorcraft businesses are integrating them into their operations. Speaking at this session will be Irish military helicopter instructor Capt. Oisin McGrath. He...
October 1, 2016
The European Union dream, if ever there was one, has recently taken a bit of a beating. With the British declaring they had tired of the club and opting to exit the EU plus a mix of civil unrest and terror attacks, all appears not to be well. Originally a trading arrangement set in the wake of World War II, the European Union had morphed politically with aims of making all things the same across its member...
October 1, 2016
Looking back at my last couple of articles, I realize I might be accused correctly of being a bit preachy. So I thought I might share a few personal missteps that have taught me some valuable lessons. In the King James Bible, Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” This usually is misquoted as, “Pride goeth before the fall.” You...
September 30, 2016
On Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time in Amsterdam, the session on helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) will highlight developments in the industry and the impact of...
September 30, 2016
With growth in the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market, the sector is experimenting with regulations.  The global civil UAS fleet was estimated at 1 million in 2015; 300,000 were sold that year. Analysts see the market reaching $14.9 billion by 2020, from $10.1 billion in 2015. After a series of incidents, concerns are arising within the manned aircraft community. At the European Aviation Safety...
September 30, 2016
Bristow Helicopters assisted in rescue efforts for flooded Louisiana residents.  Working with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish, Bristow teams based in the...
September 30, 2016
A Sikorsky helicopter is to make its way to the top of the Earth as North Slope Borough (NSB), Alaska, has accepted the state's first search and rescue (SAR) S-92. According to a company news release, the acceptance took place...
September 29, 2016
Nassau County police counted nearly 2,000 protesters outside the Hofstra University venue in Hempstead, New York, before the first 2016 Presidential Debate Monday night, according to CNN. Making 24 arrests before the event started, safety and crowd control remain high priorities. To aid in the law enforcement effort, Helinet Technologies successfully...
September 27, 2016
Torrential rain has been flooding the streets of eastern India for nearly a week, leaving forced evacuations and rescue operations in its path. On Sunday, the Indian Air Force using two Chetak helicopters rescued stranded...
September 16, 2016
A notable milestone marked today’s first meeting in Washington of the FAA’s new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC): a representative of helicopter line pilots was at the table.  Commercial airline pilots have long been a fixture at FAA-industry deliberations on safety and policy decisions, in the form of an Air Line Pilots Assn. representative or two. ALPA was the only group that had two...
September 15, 2016
Airbus Helicopters held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos for the opening of its new facility in Central Romania, according to news reports. Airbus Helicopters Romania is to invest...
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