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January 21, 2016
Air Methods Corp. has acquired Tri-State Care Flight for $222.5 million, expanding the air medical transport provider's...
January 21, 2016
The public is still waiting to hear from investigators whether the first non-military midair collision between a drone and helicopter occurred this past November in California. On Nov. 23, a Robinson Helicopter R22 operated by Los Angeles Helicopters made an emergency landing during a cross-country training flight after its windscreen was partially shattered. A lack of residual bird matter, along with...
January 21, 2016
Airbus Helicopters has increased the H145's maximum take-off weight to 3.7 metric tons, after EASA awarded the manufacturer the...
January 20, 2016
Finmeccanica Security & Information Systems Division plans to replace the old air traffic control radars at 12 Canadian...
January 20, 2016
All Metal MS has delivered a line of fall protection platforms to Columbia Helicopters in Portland, Oregon. In March of 2015, All Metal began work on such a product that would be...
January 20, 2016
Accident investigators said that engine modifications made to an air ambulance helicopter may have left it more susceptible to icing and contributed to its fatal crash in 2013.    The Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2, operated by EagleMed, had taken off early on Feb. 22, 2013, from Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City to commence an inter-hospital patient transport flight. It appeared to suffer...
January 19, 2016
The business benefits of Airbus’ tie-up with transportation facilitator Uber Technologies are unclear beyond the public-relations attention it has generated for the companies.    Airbus Group, the parent of the eponymous helicopter, airliner and military aircraft manufacturers, said on Jan. 17 that its new venture capital effort is collaborating with Uber on a pilot project to provide...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 19, 2016
Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Louisville, Kentucky, at 14 different workshops and at a special safety...
January 15, 2016
FEC Heliports will be exhibiting its new portable battery-powered rechargeable LED helipad lighting system, HEMS-Star, at this year's Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, next month. The system, which is a...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 14, 2016
The National Operations Control Academy (NOCA) will kick-off their highly anticipated OCS training courses this February in Wichita, Kansas. The industry-specific training curriculum will satisfy the new requirements of FAR 135.619 for large Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operators with ten or more helicopters, and will also provide the same world-class aviation training to those operators with fewer than...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 13, 2016
Indonesia’s government plans to develop six helicopter landing sites among the 110 islands that make up the nation’s Seribu Islands regency and to acquire a helicopter to serve it in emergencies, according to media reports there...
January 13, 2016
January 22 is the deadline for high school and college students to submit aircraft design proposals for the American Helicopter Society International’s fourth annual micro air vehicle design challenge.   Up to $10,000 will be awarded to winners at the 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display May 17 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The competition is...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 12, 2016
The United Arab Emirates' helideck and helipad regulations have prompted at least one company to form in the hopes of capitalizing on that region’s growing need for aviation expertise.   The regulatory framework introduced by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of All Metal MS Robinson helicopter owners and operators now have the option of purchasing a maintenance stand by Las Vegas-based All Metal MS. The company Monday announced...
January 11, 2016
Advocates for less stringent U.S. regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) might be losing the struggle for public opinion, if newspaper editorials since registration went into effect are any indication.  Newspapers large and small have said the risks small drones pose to other aircraft, to the privacy of people on the ground and to national security justify the FAA’s registration...
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