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November 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Howard County, Md. police recently took delivery of a new Bell Helicopter 407. The agency began flying in 1999, borrowing two Bell OH-58s from neighboring Anne Arundel County police as needed. (Howard County provided crews and covered the operating costs.) The arrival of the agency’s first wholly-owned aircraft marks the county’s autonomy as the newest of only four of...
November 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Omaha, Neb. Police Dept. is to be flying two new Bell Helicopter 206B-3 JetRangers by July, with the first expected delivery in March. The department now flies six Bell OH-58s, a 35-yr-old aircraft. Although it will still fly the Kiowa, Sgt. Jeff...
November 1, 2007
Nov. 6-7 — 2007 Education Courses, Portland, Ore. Sponsored by Helicopter Foundation International. Contact: Nicole Sonberg, 703-683-4646; Fax: 703- 683-4745; E-mail: education@rotor.com Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2008 — Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. Southeast Region Safety Seminar, Naples, Fla. Contact: Mark N. Cherney: Phone: 239-793-9274; Fax: 239-643-3236; E-mail: mcherney@alea.org Jan. 23-25, 2008...
November 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS HAVE A CONSTANT appetite for the new and improved. Many a rescue technician and pilot lies awake at night mulling better techniques and tools for executing particular parts of their missions, and they rarely rest until they’ve tested out their most intriguing ideas. If the most intriguing involves a technique, they find someone to fly it and try out. If it’s a tool...
November 1, 2007
Being a search and rescue pilot takes skill and the ability to listen to your compatriots. THE QUESTION POSED BY ROTOR AND WING WAS, could I write an article about what it takes to be a good search and rescue pilot and how young pilots can prepare for this line of flying. I immediately thought about the definition of a SAR pilot. Does it include pilots working in EMS operations that only do...
November 1, 2007
AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, I finally retired after 27 years of police service. I could spend an entire column talking about how strange the transition from part-time writer and full-time pilot to the reverse has been, but that will have to wait for another day. I bring it up now because of something that’s been happening a lot since I traded my regular badge for one that says "retired." You...
November 1, 2007
The majority of LEE BENSON’S SAR search and rescue operations occurred during his 26 -year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Additionally, in 1981 he flew for the Life Flight program in Indianapolis. But Lee observes that all helicopter pilots, regardless of their main mission, have done and continue to do lifesaving work as it is encountered in their day-to-day operations. STEVE...
November 1, 2007
The rescue by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service of 91 people from raging seas In the midst of a typhoon made its crews worthy recipients of Rotor & Wing’s 2006 Helicopter Heroism Award. WHEN CAPT. ARDIS TANG AND HIS HELICOPTER CREW reported for duty Aug. 4, 2006 at the Government Flying Service base at Hong Kong International Airport, they might have been excused if they did a few double...
November 1, 2007
SINCE SAR IS A MISSION THAT HAS had many years to mature, it’s uncommon to see revolutionary changes that improve helicopter mission execution. But several technologies and one organization in particular show remarkable promise. Their improvements range from aircraft design to satellite-based mission dispatch and self-protection. In my opinion, the helicopter technology that shows the greatest...
October 31, 2007
Three firefighters and a young civilian owe their lives to the quick and daring action of aviators who saved them from a Southern California wildfire. A California Forestry and Fire Protection Dept. battalion chief, Ray Chaney, was...
October 29, 2007
California state and U.S. officials are pointing fingers at each other for the use—or lack thereof—of helicopters to fight wildfires that have ravaged Southern California. Three California Republican congressmen faulted a California policy...
October 16, 2007
Estonia has received the first of two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft were ordered by the Estonian interior...
October 15, 2007
CHC Helicopter's new search and rescue S-92 in the United Kingdom has flown its first mission. The Sikorsky Aircraft bird, flying from the U.K...
October 12, 2007
Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Two flight-test versions have...
October 11, 2007
Flight for Life, a medical transport company based at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Wauwatosa, Wis. is remote-basing its Flight for Life Wisconsin helicopter to Waukesha County Airport- Crites Field...
October 3, 2007
The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. is getting ready to buy a new Bell Helicopter 412EP. The price is $10.2 million. Now, the county’s fire fleet consists of three Sikorsky Aircraft...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Police in Staffordshire, England used an unmanned helicopter to survey a crowd of 95,000 at a music festival in August. The MW Power Systems-manufactured drone weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb) and is fitted with a wide-angle, closed-circuit TV camera. Although it may be equipped with night lenses, a color camera was used...
October 1, 2007
ALEA The Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. held its 37th annual convention and expo in Orlando, Fla. July 12-14, drawing more than 1,400. The event, co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., included 164 exhibitors, more than 20 aircraft on static display, and a variety of professional workshops. At its annual membership breakfast and meeting, ALEA President Dan...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR Four counties in northwest Wyoming want to share a search and rescue helicopter and get the state to kick in funding for it. The counties — Teton, Park, Sublette, and Fremont — are...
October 1, 2007
IT WAS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I learned of the midair between two media helicopters July 27 in Phoenix. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the four men involved. Although I didn’t know either of the pilots, I took this as a personal loss because they were professional helicopter pilots and therefore my peers. In my 39 years in this industry, I have met only a handful of pilots that...
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