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May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
April 29, 2013
The third of eight Eurocopter EC135s has arrived at California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (Calstar) after receiving an air medical interior at Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. Among the equipment in the helicopter, which features medical seating for three, is a...
April 26, 2013
Ever wonder what it’s like to investigate a helicopter accident? For a fee, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is...
April 25, 2013
Boise, Idaho-based night vision imaging system (NVIS) provider from Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has completed a Eurocopter EC135 for Med-Trans Air Medical Services. The installation, which took place at Metro...
April 24, 2013
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based air medical transport provider REACH Air Medical Services has obtained FAA approval to begin using its own GPS approaches and routes in Western Oregon.      REACH AgustaWestland AW109. Photo courtesy of REACH.   The authorization allows REACH to begin flying directly to hospitals and landing sites along the Oregon coast and...
April 24, 2013
Bond Aviation has formally recognized Engineering Manager John Crowther and HUMS Engineer Sean Newlands for receiving the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Moral Courage award in March. The Bond technicians shared the first-time award with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, who faced the tough decision of abandoning a rescue mission due to high risk. Luke Farajallah, managing...
April 23, 2013
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight has obtained a U.S. Department of the Interior contract to maintain the U.S. Park Police...
April 22, 2013
Three years after entering FAA's voluntary Safety Management Systems (SMS) pilot project, Metro Aviation has entered Level III of the program.   SMS is recognized by the U.S. Joint Planning...
April 22, 2013
Eurocopter “now fully understands the root cause of the cracking and need to go to validation of both the final and immediate fix,” said outgoing President and CEO Lutz Bertling at the company’s headquarters in Marignane on April 18. He was addressing the problem with the main gear bevel shaft that has been identified as the “root cause of the crack initiation” that lay...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
April 16, 2013
How do you get high-speed, efficient performance from a hybrid rotorcraft design? The U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for organizations to help answer that question as part of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program, and an Australian company is suggesting one possibility for the 52-month effort that has a budget of around $130 million.   StopRotor Technology...
April 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has received an order from Deleware State Police for two multi-mission configured Bell 429s that will join its aviation unit fleet. The two aircraft will carry...
April 12, 2013
UK-based Bond Air Services has secured seven-year contract to continue providing helicopter EMS support for North West Air Ambulance (NWAA). The agreement, valued at more than £10 million (approximately $13...
April 10, 2013
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has started a completions project for Boston MedFlight’s new EC145, around the same time as securing an agreement to finish an EC155 for the University of Florida’s ShandsCair. Representatives of Boston MedFlight met with Metro officials during a visit to American...
April 10, 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...
April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 3, 2013
Helicopter mission equipment provider Simplex Aerospace announced a new Japanese STC for its fire attack system, Model 326GII, on the AgustaWestland AW139. Simplex said its fire attack system is the lightest belly tank system per gallon...
April 3, 2013
FAA has issued a two-year renewal of Exemption 7897, which allows operators of small aircraft who are National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) members to take advantage of Part 91 cost reimbursements options usually reserved for operators of larger turbine-powered aircraft. The...
April 1, 2013
MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton through the cockpit of the MD540F.    At HAI Lynn Tilton, owner of MD Helicopters, said she was scarred, but stronger for it, in her efforts to turn MD Helicopters around since buying the company in 2005. “I can feel the Howard Hughes legacy on my shoulders.” The latest MD product, the MD540F, is on many military wish lists, she said. “We have...
April 1, 2013
Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson at the company’s Heli-Expo 2013 press briefing.   At its annual press conference held during Heli-Expo in March, Robinson Helicopter Co. President Kurt Robinson reported impressive 2012 sales for its three-model line of rotorcraft. Its new R66 turbine, sales-leading R44 piston, and two-seat R22 all kept the company’s 617,000-square-foot assembly plant in...
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