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July 1, 2007
Seeking out the bad guys with today’s innovations makes this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association a must-attend meeting. FINDING WAYS TO KEEP AIRBORNE law enforcement capabilities a step or two ahead of the bad guys that are cost-efficient, politically palatable, and truly effective in the field is a constant challenge. Many an agency air unit makes due with equipment that’s a bit...
July 1, 2007
AUSTRALIA IS A VAST COUNTRY. The natural development has been major centers of population in the capital cities with smaller population centers to support development in the outback. Outside the armed forces the helicopter is a major lifesaving tool and is an essential part of the various state governments’ emergency and ambulance services, with assistance from the Flying Doctor Service established...
July 1, 2007
A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I ACCEPTED an invitation to see some of the latest and greatest advancements in ultralights, powered parachutes, and even gyroplanes. Collectively, I’ll call them "sport-recreational aircraft," the kind anyone can buy in kit form for less than $50,000. Even though those kinds of aircraft have been on the market for decades, and are already popular among people who want...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Ontario’s air medical transport giant, Orgne, is aggressively looking for 25 landing sites to add to their current list of prepared helipads. With a large fleet of helicopters operating from 26 bases throughout the province, Ornge makes more than 18,000 hospital admissions annually. Some are hospital-to-hospital transports, but most originate from impromptu landing sites...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/MEDICAL An air ambulance operator, Red Star of David, will join Magan David Adom, Israel’s Red Cross, to work in coordination with Magan David Adom’s fleet of ambulances and...
July 1, 2007
GOVERNMENT/INVESTIGATION The "inadequate design" of a key PMA engine part caused the June 2003 crash of an air tour McDonnell Douglas 369D in Hawaii that killed four, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has concluded. The Tropical Tour Helicopter aircraft crashed June 15, 2003 onto a rugged, hardened lava flow following a power loss during cruise. According to the safety board, other...
June 14, 2007
Drug money has funded a new aircraft hangar in Kansas. Money seized from drug dealers funded the $1.5 million hangar at Phillip Billard Municipal...
June 13, 2007
Louisiana Air National Guard helicopters will conduct drug investigation flights in New Orleans. La. on a case-by-case basis. The counter-drug flights are being flown to assist...
June 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition, a not-for-profit, charitable organization in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., has expanded its operations into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin with the acquisition of three new helicopters. The Bell Helicopter OH-58Cs were donated through the Defense Dept.’s surplus program. One...
June 1, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY/POLICE The police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom will continue to share helicopter responsibilities on a 24-hr-a-day basis, but a plan to form a maintenance consortium was scrapped by British Home...
June 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Shanghai Public Security Bureau has ordered two twin-engine EC135s and one EC155 from Eurocopter in another step toward establishing a police helicopter squad in that Chinese city. The aircraft are to be used during the Olympic Games in 2008 in...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
Silver State Helicopters has appointed Dan Corsentino as director of its Sheriff’s Airborne Law Enforcement Program. Dan Avicola was named general manager of Dallas Airmotive’s Lafayette, La. facility. Air Cell has named Sergio Aguirro original equipment...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
WHETHER YOU’RE A PILOT, a tactical flight officer, crew chief or medical professional, your first day of training included how to conduct a preflight. The Pilot Operating Handbook tells you what to push, pull, jiggle, and look over, while the Mission Equipment Checklist gives reminders on how to inspect the forward-looking infrared camera, medical oxygen system, and hoist. Then there’s the...
June 1, 2007
In Eurocopter’s AS350, operators find an aircraft that can perform a great variety of missions, carry a multitude of equipment for them, and provide significant power in the process, even during hot and high conditions. Like many helicopters today, it holds its value well on the used market. As with all things, the family of aircraft known as the Ecureuil, Squirrel, and, perhaps, most commonly, the...
June 1, 2007
»Bringing the LTS101 Back to the AStar Exasperation among AS350 operators with Turbomeca’s support of the aircraft’s powerplants drove Honeywell Aerospace and Soloy LLC to partner in bringing the LTS101 back to the AStar. Soloy got into the AS350 power business in 1990, when it bought the AS350 AllStar supplemental type certificate developed by Rocky Mountain Helicopters to retrofit the...
June 1, 2007
Turbomeca’s customer support of AS350 engines is the stuff that legends are made of. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the legends are often attached to customers going to extraordinary lengths to get the parts and other help they need to keep their aircraft flying. A top official of an operator of more than 10 AS350s has such a legendary tale. After his organization began operating the AStars...
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