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July 22, 2016
The FAA will host the 2016 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference Oct. 25 to 27 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas.  This year, the conference will focus on...
July 15, 2016
How will the run-up to November's U.S. presidential election affect the helicopter community? For one thing, it might stall any new rulemaking actions and policy initiatives (except emergency ones) addressing safety problems.    It has become a tradition in Washington toward the middle of a presidential election year for the message to come down from above in the federal government's executive...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
July 6, 2016
Look for industry leaders to square off with FAA officials in Texas tomorrow over a proposal to adopt more stringent procedures for certification of engine inlet barrier filters. The agency is convening a meeting near Fort Worth Alliance Airport the morning of July 7 to discuss its proposed policy statement on certification of helicopter engine inlet barrier filters.  “The purpose of the public...
July 1, 2016
A U.K. hospital now has a new helipad thanks to nearly $4 million in donations.  Sheffield's Northern General Hospital now has a fully operational helipad that can accept...
July 1, 2016
The H215 uses the same basic airframe, rotor and engines as Airbus Helicopters’ AS332, but incorporates improved avionics. Photo courtesy of Airbus Recently, I had an opportunity to fly the latest addition to Airbus Helicopters’ venerable line of Puma variants, the H215. The aircraft was being shown to various public safety agencies in California, both in law enforcement and the fire service...
June 30, 2016
Wales Air Ambulance will soon begin services with a fourth helicopter, making the charity the largest air ambulance operator in the U.K. To...
June 28, 2016
Kathryn Purwin, widow of the late Alan Purwin, has taken over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services, which provides travel, emergency medical, electronic newsgathering and TV/film production services. Purwin will build on her husband's vision to help law enforcement...
June 28, 2016
Erickson's Bell Helicopter 212s will transport staff and equipment from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to various areas in Nome, Alaska...
June 23, 2016
Emergency-response leaders in the U.S. and Canada are reviewing lessons from one of the world's largest earthquake simulations, including ones on the role of helicopters in recovery from a massive disaster. Commercial, public service and military helicopters joined in parallel, coordinated exercises conducted earlier this month by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Canadian province of...
June 22, 2016
Bristow Helicopters' Nigeria business unit established a new helicopter rescue and recovery service for that nation's oil and gas industry. That service...
June 21, 2016
Dallas Avionics will demonstrate a PowerSonix PS-SPK-300 and PS-AMP 800 public address system at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency...
June 20, 2016
Wales Air Ambulance has moved into its new headquarters location in Dafen in South Wales, U.K.  The charity trust built the new location after a...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 16, 2016
Sikorsky's global fleet of S-92s have surpassed one million flight hours within 12 years in May. Sikorsky said the aircraft also have an accident rate of less than one-tenth of the U.S. Civil Multi-Turbine engine...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 15, 2016
A Mississippi-based hospital is getting a new emergency medical service helicopter. The Ochsner Health and Singing River systems have...
June 10, 2016
Erickson Inc. is investigating options for its current operations, organization and financing in the face of a two-year slump in its business. The Portland, Oregon, provider of aviation services around the world has replaced its CFO with an airline industry veteran "specifically skilled in debt refinancing and restructuring" and turnarounds. Erickson also has hired an international investment...
June 9, 2016
Fourteen aviation trade associations are urging leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize funding for the FAA before current legislation expires in mid-July.     It seems doubtful, however, that congressional leaders can resolve differences between a Senate reauthorization bill passed overwhelmingly in April and one backed by Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House...
June 7, 2016
The Simplex Fire Attack System, an internal high-capacity fire-suppression tank, was deployed on a Columbia Helicopters CH-47D Chinook for the first time. The...
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