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July 10, 2014
Graphic of the AW101 for the NAWSARH program. Image courtesy of FLIR Systems The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All...
July 9, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new EC145 to Boston MedFlight, a critical care transport service in New England. This is the second EC145 that Metro has completed for Boston MedFlight.   Boston MedFlight’s EC145...
July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
July 8, 2014
Chief Phil Perlini of the Grayslake (Ill.) Police Department and his officers were monitoring the festivities at the town’s July 4th fireworks display when they saw something very unusual. It was a remote controlled helicopter flying near the multi-color pyrotechnic bursts, apparently in an effort to capture the event on the video camera it carried. “It came out of nowhere,” Perlini told local...
July 7, 2014
Following the delivery of two Ka-32A11BCs to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company, based in Qingdao, China, Russian Helicopters has signed an additional contract with China’s Lectern Aviation Supplies for a Mi-26TS heavy transport...
July 3, 2014
I just returned from attending HeliRussia 2014. This was the sixth year in a row that I have attended. Think of HeliRussia as a one-third scale version of Heli-Expo. Some of the main differences would be a lot more helicopters with counter-rotating main rotor systems and some ugly helicopters. Now when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly like the MBB BO105 that I used to fly, which is maybe not as...
July 3, 2014
The ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) recently held an inaugural steering committee meeting to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in Asia. AHEST was founded in late 2013 to expand the mandate of the global International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) with actions...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
June 30, 2014
A resident of the City of North Pole, Alaska, has pled guilty to one count of assaulting U.S. military personnel performing official duties. The incident occurred when Daniel Lee Slayden aimed spotlights and fired mortar-launched fireworks at U.S. Army helicopters flying out of Fort Wainwright’s Ladd AAF (FBK) in the fall of 2013. Court documents show that Slayden had recently purchased a home in the...
June 27, 2014
Philadelphia’s Police Department is now able to incorporate hoist rescues into its portfolio of law enforcement, patrol and SAR operations with the addition of a new...
June 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 407GX aircraft to two Chinese customers from their Commercial Aircraft Assembly Center located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Chongqing General Aviation Co. received two Bell 407GX aircraft that will be used in China for parapublic missions...
June 26, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the sixth AW119Kx to Life Link III of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The helicopter, which features advanced life-saving equipment and a customized EMS interior...
June 25, 2014
Geisinger Health System has introduced a new twin-engine Airbus Helicopter EC145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing...
June 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand is now supplying North Flight Data Systems’ voice, video and flight data recorders. The system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet requirements of the omnibus helicopter safety rule issued by FAA earlier this year. FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate...
June 24, 2014
Aerolite has delivered four Bell 429 EMS/SAR interiors so far this year, with four more expected for delivery by October. The EMS-configured interiors are already in operation in several European countries. The next batch...
June 20, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract amendment with the Government of Canada on the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program, pursuant to the previously disclosed Principles of Agreement. The amended contract enables Canada’s Department...
June 19, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e AStar to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter was built in the...
June 19, 2014
EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots. EagleMed...
June 19, 2014
Bell Helicopter will display the first Slovakian Bell 429 Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft, owned by Air-Transport Europe, s.r.o (ATE), at...
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