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January 14, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International plans to hold the first HAI/Federal Interagency 2008 Helicopter Firefighting Safety Forum early next month. Registration is open for the event...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
January 8, 2008
Eurocopter has won a contract to provide 11 new helicopters to Spain's ministries of defense and the interior. The defense ministry is acquiring two...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 1, 2008
Raising Mechanics Regarding your Eye on Maintenance column, I offer this to qualify my opinion ("Bristow Takes on a Big Bias," November 2007, page 58). Helicopters are my passion. I started receiving Rotor & Wing in 1975. I received my bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance management and my airframe and powerplant mechanic’s license in 1984. I attended a university in southern...
January 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The Netherland’s national police agency has ordered six Eurocopter EC135P2is as long-sought replacements for its fleet of BO105s. The nation’s ministry of interior affairs and kingdom relations signed a contract Nov. 28 for the light, twin-engine helicopters for...
January 1, 2008
Homeland Security — AgustaWestland has delivered the first batch of light twin AW109Ns to the Italian Carabinieri. Other Italian government agencies are to take delivery of AW109Ns for homeland security and law enforcement duties in the coming months. Homeland Security — France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has ordered three new Eurocopter...
January 1, 2008
Here’s the scenario: Your police department has either decided to start a helicopter unit or wants to move an existing one to a new location. Let’s say you find an airport or tract of land that fits the bill, both in terms of location and price. (If you’re extra lucky, there’s even a Starbucks and a deli across the street.) So, you pass the word up to headquarters and start...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 14, 2007
CHC has moved two Sikorsky Aircraft S-92s into a second search and rescue base in the United Kingdom, The Shetland Times reports. The Richmond, British Columbia-based helicopter operator is...
December 10, 2007
The controversy over Topeka. Kan.'s police helicopter fleet rages on. Mayor Bill Bunten in July vetoed a proposal to purchase a second Robinson Helicopter...
December 10, 2007
Carson Helicopter Services is demonstrating its Fire King in Western Australia. The Grants Pass, Ore.-based company's conversion of the Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 is starting a...
December 7, 2007
San Diego's Fire-Rescue Dept. is in line to get a second helicopter. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the city's major, Jerry Sanders, has signed off...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 28, 2007
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with pointing a laser at a Phoenix Police Dept. helicopter. The aircrew reported the laser hit...
November 13, 2007
Aerosimulators has formed a strategic alliance with AeroComputers, to enhance Aerosimulators' Gimbal Imaging System Trainer. The Belgian-U.S. training company unveiled that...
November 2, 2007
CHC Helicopter Corp. is using its latest orders for new aircraft as leverage to build the overhaul and maintenance capability of its Heli-One unit. The Vancouver, B.C. operator's worldwide helicopter support division has ordered 12 new S-92s...
November 1, 2007
I’LL CONFESS I’M PRONE, AS PERHAPS many of us are, to get "head down" and lose perspective amid the press of daily duties. For example, as I write this, my local fire company has just concluded its annual open house (I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am a volunteer firefighter in Fairfax County, Va.). In the United States, these open houses coincide with the national Fire...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Having enjoyed a busy and successful, Sloane Helicopters Ltd. is re-branding itself to better reflect its market position in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company is on target to achieve more than 40 new aircraft deliveries this year, including Robinson and AgustaWestland aircraft, to customers based both in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The year’s start saw the successful...
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