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July 30, 2013
Pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios, Salobrar Sanchez and Rocio Ramos make up Spain’s first all-female medical helicopter...
July 30, 2013
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for...
July 24, 2013
The Bristow Group on Tuesday signed a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport's search and rescue (SAR) program.      (Bristow Signing Ceremony: Standing, Left to Right - Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland; Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and...
July 23, 2013
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association's (ALEA) exhibit hall wrapped up it's second day at the Orange County Convention Center on Friday. Attendees at ALEA's 43rd Annual Convention...
July 23, 2013
The FAA recently issued a supplemental type certificate for a new cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) for AS332...
July 17, 2013
American Eurocopter's role for U.S. law enforcement is increasing, as the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) teamed up with the company to conduct a training program, while two other city police departments selected its rotorcraft for air operations recently.   Photo courtesy of Eurocopter   LAPD Air Support Division pilots have...
July 11, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has incorporated an AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew into its emergency medical services (EMS) fleet. The GrandNew features a synthetic vision...
July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
July 10, 2013
Victoria-based Latitude Technologies has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada to install its IONode ION100...
July 10, 2013
Eurocopter on Wednesday advised that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated the safety measures the company has recommended in connection to its EC225 shaft failures. The main focus of the investigation has been to prevent cracking in the main gear bevel shaft. It is understood that the fix involves a partial redesign of the bevel shaft as well as additional software and...
July 2, 2013
Nonprofit helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operator CareFlite has placed an order for four Bell 407GX helicopters. CareFlite also flies AgustaWestland AW109s and Bell 222s, in addition to a fixed-wing service using a King Air 90.   Interior view of the Garmin G1000H panel on the Bell 407GX. Photos courtesy of Bell...
July 1, 2013
Three different helicopter types (a total of four aircraft) are headed for Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) under a new contract signed with Eurocopter Japan. The two medium-class helicopters are going to the Hyogo Prefectural Police (EC155 B1) and the Hiroshima Prefectural Police (AS365 N3+), while the...
July 1, 2013
The Korean National Police helicopter fleet is receiving avionics upgrades from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as the Korean Utility...
July 1, 2013
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division based in Phoenix has chosen FlightSafety International to...
July 1, 2013
Back in 2011, while attending the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference in New Orleans, I saw a brand new Virginia State Police (VSP) Eurocopter EC145 on display. It had recently been completed by Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., and was loaded with all of the latest gear for flying air medical missions. While driving through southern Virginia – technically a...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
A few months ago, a former police friend of mine was accidentally shot and killed at a private gun range. As some of us talked about the accident, the conversation shifted to firearms safety in general, and a move my former police department made a dozen years back to make the range experience more safe and useful. The new policy said that officers were required to qualify wearing whatever attire he or she...
July 1, 2013
The SKYe SH09 from Marenco Swisshelicopter will feature a fuel filtration system from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense under an...
July 1, 2013
As I stated in my last article (“Heliport Standards: Where the Bears Live,” May 2013, page, 48), I think the issue of the new heliport design guidelines given in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5390-2C need a bit more sunshine. Without restating the whole article, I think it’s worthwhile to reiterate the point, that while it is true that an AC is not a regulation, many of the states, which do...
July 1, 2013
Nepal’s Shree Airlines is set to acquire eight helicopters from Eurocopter to address a variety of missions, including search and rescue (SAR), disaster relief, heli tourism and other aerial missions. The company, which has been established eight years, claims to be the first to operate a private fleet of five Russian-built Mi-17s. It now believes that the lighter Ecureuil...
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