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November 1, 2013
EC135 LIFESTAR Model David Lyons EC135 model. I was very excited to see the University of Tennessee Medical Center LIFESTAR Eurocopter EC135 on the front cover of the October issue. As this helicopter is only 40 minutes from my home, I’m pleased to see the UT medical system chosen as your feature article. What is more exciting is that the helicopter is shown prominently on the front cover. I’m...
November 1, 2013
The 2nd annual ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy networking event for EC145 and EC145 T2 operators took place September 5-6 at the Bonn-Hangelar airfield near the city of Bonn in northern Germany. The ADAC HEMS Academy, established in July 2009, was formed to help integrate the training of aircrew and medical specialists who fly together on HEMS missions. The training center...
November 1, 2013
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter flying in...
November 1, 2013
This is being written during the fifth day of the U.S. Federal government shutdown and our politicians are at 110 percent of N1 political spin mode. My personal politics are somewhat to the right of Attila the Hun, but I hope that my prejudice does not seep into this message. A political pundit stated the other day that “I do not understand the political right’s (conservative) complaint that...
November 1, 2013
Gulf Helicopters AW139. Quality Aviation Instruments (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters have agreed to establish a component repair facility in Doha, Qatar...
November 1, 2013
London-based Avincis Group made a splash during Helitech International 2013 in late September. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter and Eurocopter, as well as engine manufacturer Turbomeca. Avincis CEO James Drummond...
October 30, 2013
Russian Helicopters has returned the first of two Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters to the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry after undergoing overhaul and modification from their previous M-26...
October 28, 2013
Boston MedFlight has received the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, presented by American Eurocopter during the AMTC annual Community Awards banquet on October 21. The non-profit air medical transport provider was selected for the award out of a...
October 21, 2013
Erickson Air-Crane has secured a three-year, $60-million contract with Australia's National Aerial...
October 21, 2013
Russian Helicopters has handed over an Mi-171E to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs for routine patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions. The ministry also...
October 18, 2013
The Eurocopter Foundation is teaming up with NGO World Vision Mexico to provide humanitarian aid to victims of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel. Operations began at...
October 7, 2013
The Nagoya City Fire Bureau has placed an order to acquire an AS365 N3+ Dauphin from Eurocopter Japan to support its firefighting...
October 7, 2013
AgustaWestland has earned type certification for its AW139 in Tanzania and delivered its 10th AW119 to air medical transport provider Life Flight Network.      The first...
October 2, 2013
Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens traveled to Knoxville for a profile on the University of Tennessee Medical Center's LIFESTAR program. Below are a handful of photos that didn't make it into...
October 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new MD helicopters, as the Middle Eastern nation looks to...
October 1, 2013
New competitors have recently enlivened a market dominated by Boeing’s Spectrolab, and Helitech 2013 provided Rotor & Wing with an opportunity to examine Thommen’s HSL-1600 and Trakka Corp.’s Trakkabeam A800 – two very different solutions to the same set of problems. The HSL-1600 looks the more conventional of the two with its large diameter parabolic reflector that forms the...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
October 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com For anyone who thinks, in this current U.S. climate of budget restrictions, debt ceilings and sequestration, that it’s a waste of time and/or taxpayer money to drop a helicopter for the sake of science, I beg to differ. The results from a recent helicopter fuselage crash test will yield safety advancements for a number of organizations involved with aviation operations. NASA...
October 1, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators returned their helicopters back to service in late August. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in...
October 1, 2013
Ansat at MAKS 2013. Courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the...
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