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October 5, 2012
You’re at work again. The mission of the day involves a longer flight than usual, so you decide to brush the rust off your autopilot skills and engage some upper modes. It is a bumpy day, but the system appears to be handling it well. Suddenly a severe gust of wind catches you, kicks the autopilot offline, and almost gives you some impromptu unusual attitude training. You grab the controls, reacting...
October 5, 2012
Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. has opened the doors of its 14,000-square-foot center dedicated to aviation, medical and maintenance training technology. The facility, located in...
October 3, 2012
Going against the grain of other regulatory agencies around the globe and the requests of Bell 429 operators in the U.S., FAA has denied a request from Bell Helicopter to increase the max gross weight of the 429 from 7,000 to 7,500 lbs. Transport Canada approved the weight increase in January 2012, with several others nations giving the go-ahead through the course of 2012. In July, Argentina joined 10...
October 3, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over the first of two EC145s to the Bolivian Air Force. The Air Force will use...
October 1, 2012
The Texas Department of Public Safety's newest AS350 B3e has entered service. The helicopter is the...
October 1, 2012
Response to Queen’s Jump from an AgustaWestland AW139 at the Olympics Your question as to what I think of the Queen’s para jump during the Olympics opening ceremony (Rotor & Wing, September 2012, page 8) has prompted me to respond: I think it gives us all hope for the future. If the Queen can takes such risks in this nanny state then so can we. Mind you she had been practicing using a wing...
October 1, 2012
Nashua, N.H.-based JTI Air Holdings has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use its automotive...
October 1, 2012
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center has received FAR Part 142 approval for its training program for the AgustaWestland AW139. The approval gives Era Group subsidiary the ability to issue pilot certificates following ground instruction and training in the flight simulator training device...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
Augusta, Ga.-based Med-Trans has teamed up with AirMed to operate AirMed’s air medical services for...
October 1, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained supplemental type certification...
October 1, 2012
Helicopter undergoing work at Metro’s completions facility in Shreveport, La. I met Todd Stanberry early in the morning a few hours before an impending hurricane was due to arrive in Central Louisiana. Todd explained that he was Metro Aviation owner Mike Stanberry’s son and that he would be conducting a tour of the facility. During the tour, Todd related the story of how his father started...
October 1, 2012
In the early days of civilian EMS helicopter activities it was comparatively easy to identify that aviation operators were creating many of their own safety problems by promoting their product as a function of trying to fulfill sometimes excessively optimistic marketing promises through consequently intensified operational heroics. This translated into “getting the patient flown, no matter...
October 1, 2012
The Korean Navy has selected Elbit Systems SAR and Data Links-Elrisa to provide AN/PRC-648 SAR personal locator beacon (PLB) units to Hyundai...
October 1, 2012
Eurocopter EC725 in SAR configuration. Eurocopter has signed an agreement with the Royal Thai Air...
September 28, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407...
September 28, 2012
Morgantown, Pa.-based Keystone Med-Flight has won the Helicopter Association International's Operator Safety Award for 2011. The...
September 27, 2012
Robinson Helicopter has secured approval from the FAA for the police variant of its R66 turbine. The police model is outfitted with FLIR...
September 26, 2012
Along with Eurocopter Southern Africa Ltd. (ESAL), Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited...
September 25, 2012
American Eurocopter has handed over the first AS350B3e to a U.S.-based law enforcement...
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