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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...
October 1, 2007
The commercial helicopter market continues to grow and won’t be slowing down for the foreseeable future, according to a forecast from Honeywell. Growing global economies and demands from helicopter operators mean growing backlogs for...
October 1, 2007
Crime fighting helicopters are the wave of the future, according to law enforcement officials. A survey by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association said law enforcement...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/MEDICAL The United Kingdom’s East Anglian Air Ambulance service has expanded its area of operation and now covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire counties, about 11 percent of England. The helicopters, two Eurocopter BK117s and one BO105, cover an area of more than 5,000 sq mi with a population of 2.5 million. The...
September 25, 2007
The National Police Dept. of Turkey has decided to place a stronger emphasis on enforcing security from the air and is purchasing four new police helicopters. Helicopters, according to Today’s Zaman, offer a...
September 25, 2007
Anticipated forest fires due to the dry season in the countryside surrounding Jakarta, Indonesia, has spurred the Forestry Ministry in Jakarta to rent two Russian-made Kamov Ka-32s owned by LG...
September 18, 2007
An Arizona helicopter pilot and a technology company are taking steps they hope will prevent accidents like the mid-air collision in Phoenix, Ariz. last month where four people were killed. The system’s aim is to...
September 18, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to start another helicopter production facility in China. The European company wants to partner with either government agencies or the private sector. Currently, Eurocopter produces the EC120 in a joint venture with the China...
September 14, 2007
Botswana Police Service has ordered three Eurocopter AS350B3s as the foundation of a new police air support unit. Two are to be delivered in...
September 13, 2007
The deaths of two New York City firefighters last month has fire union officials clamoring for a dedicated fire helicopter in that city. The two firefighters were killed Aug. 18 after they became trapped in a major fire at the...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
Correction After conferring with an Essex Police spokesman, we reported that the police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom scrapped a plan for a helicopter maintenance consortium ("U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan," June 2007, page 13). In fact, the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance consortium, a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved Part 145 organization...
September 1, 2007
CLAUDIO AGOSTINI joined the Rotor & Wing team in June 1999, writing from Brazil about Latin America. He is based in the city of São Paulo, which has more than 300 helicopters and 160 heliports. Claudio has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience in aerospace and defense. He consults on strategy and marketing and lectures about the helicopter market. He also actively participates...
September 1, 2007
CIVIL Effective Aug. 30, the FAA was to reconfigure the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, changing it from what many pilots have described as "Mickey Mouse ears" to a rough circle centered on the DCA VOR. The original ADIZ was placed around Washington in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and encompassed the Class B airspace of National...
September 1, 2007
AIR SHOWS Search-and-rescue operations, medium-lift helicopter requirements, and the market potential of vertical-lift unmanned systems will be focuses of discussions at Helitech 2007, the all-rotorcraft trade show and exhibition to be held in England next month. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The biennial event gives...
September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The city of Stockton, Calif. is preparing to say goodbye to its police helicopter. The red, white, and blue 1973 Bell Helicopter OH-58, purchased in 2005, was operated under Metro Air Support, a non-profit entity. Created by a member of the city’s police department, it was funded through charitable donations from citizens and other sources. When those funds dried up in early...
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