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May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 28, 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 pair of light twin EC135...
May 28, 2013
Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multipurpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in the Krasnaya Polyana region near Sochi, with medical personnel from the Southern Regional...
May 22, 2013
Air medical transport operator Air Methods Corp. has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of FAA's voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) program. FAA created the SMS program to provide guidance and recognition of safety efforts implemented by commercial air operators. Level 4 of the program is the...
May 21, 2013
 FlightSafety International has incorporated its new Level D-qualified AgustaWestland AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) into the initial pilot training courses at its learning center in Lafayette, La...
May 15, 2013
The Turkish Ministry of Health's air ambulance service will feature a fleet of Eurocopter EC135s, after THK Gokcen Aviation selected the twin-engine rotorcraft to begin operations in August.      EC135 in flight. Photos...
May 9, 2013
The Turkish National Police (TNP) have received the first of two VIP outfitted Sikorsky S-92s, with the second scheduled for delivery later this year. They will be used for Head of State duties and join one existing S-92 in operation with the TNP since 2005. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS)...
May 8, 2013
  China’s State Grid General Aviation (SGGA) has been assisting with relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken city of Ya’an in the Sichuan...
May 7, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a total of nine new recommendations following the investigation of an August 2011 Eurocopter AS350 B2 crash in Mosby, Mo. Four people died in the accident. NTSB determined that four factors contributed to the crash—training, fatigue, the pilot being distracted from multitasking including sending personal text messages, and taking off...
May 3, 2013
FAA has issued a group of four airworthiness directives (ADs) related to the Eurocopter AS350/355, 365 and the MBB/Eurocopter BK117. One of the ADs requires inspections of the Aerazur emergency flotation gear, including the attachment brackets on the AS350 (models B, BA, B1...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
First of all, I hate partisan politics. There are too many times when it gets in the way of the nation’s—any nation’s—best interest. Second, while I knew the recent budget battle that raged on Capitol Hill was going to go down to the wire, I had good money that said a resolution was going to be reached at the eleventh hour, thus averting “sequestration,” the automatic...
May 1, 2013
Portland, Ore.-based Erickson Air-Crane has reached a stock purchase agreement to acquire Evergreen Helicopters, an operator of 64 aircraft—including helicopters and fixed-wing—with headquarters in McMinnville, Ore. The acquisition is set to almost double the size of Erickson as a company. Erickson owns and operates a fleet of 18 S-64 heavy-lift...
May 1, 2013
In 1998 at the Heli Japan Conference held in Gifu, Japan, I attended a presentation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on what they thought future heliport design criteria should include. For instance, at that time the FAA was pushing a 4,800-foot straight line approach at a 3-degree slope. That means you would start the approach 4,800 feet from the pad 250 feet above the heliport. Until...
May 1, 2013
NTSB’s investigation into an August 2011 helicopter EMS crash in Missouri (see story, page 16) made national headlines in early April after the safety board named text messaging and multitasking as one of the key factors that contributed to the Eurocopter AS350 B2 accident. Four people, including the pilot, died as a result of the incident, which has the distinction of being the first commercial...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a private text conversation was one of the factors that contributed to a series of poor decisions resulting in the August 2011 crash of an Air Methods Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Mosby, Mo. Four people died as a result of the accident, including the pilot, James Freudenberg. According to NTSB, in addition to being distracted from texting...
May 1, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and...
May 1, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) covering installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution H-series primary...
May 1, 2013
The saga of the British government’s drive to replace the 70-year tradition of military involvement in providing the majority of the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with a privatized ‘for profit’ organization in order to divest the service off the military balance sheet is now at an end. The announcement by Patrick McLoughlin, the UK Secretary of State at the Department for...
May 1, 2013
On March 21, 2013, the crew of a UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Sikorsky S-61 Sea King rescued a French trawler crewman with serious head injuries on the ninth attempt when a violent storm in the Irish Sea made a boat-to-boat transfer impossible. Although a Royal Navy hydrographic ship, HMS Echo, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution boat Angel responded to the trawler captain’s call for help, the...
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