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May 28, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities...
May 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, have signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The 10-year service agreement with a volume of...
May 27, 2014
Airbus Helicopters BO105 have completed a total of 8 million flight hours. With the introduction of its hingeless main rotor head, the BO105 paved the way for the bearingless rotor systems of today’s helicopters. In total, more than 1,400 BO105 helicopters...
May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 22, 2014
The New Zealand Search and Rescue Council has recognized the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, for its cooperation with Antarctica New Zealand in response to the January 2013 loss of a Twin Otter aircraft and its crew in the Antarctic. On May 13, the Hon. Michael Woodhouse, New Zealand's associate transport minister, presented a...
May 19, 2014
Life Flight Network (LFN) is planning to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. LFN provides critical care transportation for seriously ill or injured patients throughout the Pacific...
May 15, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Germany has granted serial production qualification for Trakkacorp’s A800 helicopter searchlight. The TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight, which has already been certified on the EC155...
May 14, 2014
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has signed an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace and Hughes Aerospace Corporation to develop performance-based navigation procedures for Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC) in Tacloban that is expected to enable safer, more reliable and consistent operations under all weather...
May 13, 2014
As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013. It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents. Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow this western and southern trend. Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents by State – 2008 through...
May 12, 2014
Infinity Helicopter Leasing has leased two new AgustaWestland AW109SPs to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. The AW109SP is configured as fully IFR and NVG...
May 6, 2014
Graphic showing a Wildcat firing a FASGW missile. Rendering courtesy of UK MoD Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project...
May 6, 2014
On April 8, Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, seemed to have conceded to the Senate Armed Services Committee what was always going to be an unwinnable fight against the sequestration-caused reshaping of U.S. Army Aviation; that the Guard could not keep its Boeing Apaches. The Guard will hand over its 192 AH-64 Apaches to the regular force while gaining 111 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 5, 2014
The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK, announced that Magpas has joined the association as a full member after meeting the necessary membership criteria and...
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and...
May 5, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines has begun the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson for the...
May 2, 2014
As LA County Fire transitioned into its first two standard model 412s, we suffered from a series of issues with the Sperry automatic flight control system (AFCS). Sperry had been brought out, teeth had been ground, swear words had been used, but the answer to why the aircraft would occasionally get uncommanded tail rotor inputs was only partially understood. We were working through this problem...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
May 1, 2014
Genesys Aerosystems, formerly Cobham, has reached an agreement with Air Medical Group Holdings and its subsidiaries, Air Evac, Med Trans, EagleMed and Reach, for a total of 210 HeliSAS systems in their fleet of Bell and Eurocopter EMS...
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