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June 5, 2015
AURORA, Ore. — Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer has passed, leading the way into what forecasters are projecting as an exceptionally dangerous fire season. As in the past, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters is prepared to assist with fighting fires across the western United States. Columbia owns and operates the largest, privately-held fleet of heavy-lift helicopters in the world, which...
June 5, 2015
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters recently announced that it has been awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for a fifth consecutive year: 2011-2015. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded only to establishments that...
June 5, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas — Offshore helicopter service Bristow Group Inc. announced yesterday that the company will be attending the 35th Annual William Blair Annual Growth Stock...
June 4, 2015
DONAUWORTH, Germany (June 2, 2015) – The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has awarded Airbus Helicopters a full-service contract for the new H145M, which will make its military debut with the German Air Force later this year. The seven-year comprehensive cooperative support and services agreement will ensure optimal availability, reliability and readiness for the German Air Force’s fleet of 15...
June 4, 2015
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Great American Safety Drive (GASD) begins this month and consists of two separate routes crisscrossing the United States, bringing the message of safety “on the road” to more than 60 host program locations. Outerlink Global Solutions will once again support the fundraising initiative by installing tracking devices in a 2015 Chevy...
June 4, 2015
AgustaWestland announced on June 3 two business deals involving its AW139 with customers in Africa and the United States, respectively. The first helicopter has already been delivered to the Government of the Ivory Coast for use in passenger transport. This will currently be the...
June 3, 2015
CybAero, developer and manufacturer of remotely piloted helicopter systems, has completed its acceptance testing of the first of three systems ordered by China Customs in January 2014. The systems will operate from on board three new ships, and will be...
June 3, 2015
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing £51 million in a new synthetic training system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Mk6 helicopter. Lockheed Martin will design and build a purpose-built training facility at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook fleet, that will prepare pilots and crew for deployment on...
June 3, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has promoted Steve Bandy to senior vice president of operations. In addition to his current responsibilities with the flight and operations departments, Bandy will assume leadership over the...
June 2, 2015
A CHC Helikopter Service Sikorsky S-92 equipped with dual Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS) carried out the first Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach to Runway 07 in Florø, Norway. The flight, HKS 56T, under the command of John Olav Ofstad and instructor Morten Kufaas, was on a transit flight from Bergen to Florø in aircraft LN-OQM. Florø...
June 2, 2015
Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker as Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Atlanta, Ga., adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “James is an entrepreneurial-minded operations leader that knows the demands and intricacies of serving the aviation...
June 2, 2015
During CANSEC, Canada's premiere defence trade show, CAE announced that a comprehensive suite of CH-147F Chinook simulators and training devices has completed on-site acceptance testing at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa and is now ready for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).   Photo courtesy of CAE The RCAF has begun interim pilot training using the CH-147F weapon systems trainer (WST)...
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Air Force, seeking options for replacing its aging UH-1N fleet, says it expects by July to complete examining how the previous Common Vertical Lift Support Platform’s analysis of alternatives (AoA) might be applied...
June 1, 2015
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities...
June 1, 2015
For the second time in two months, the FAA has proposed a civil penalty against Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. The current proposed fine of $91,500 comes after the FAA alleged that Air Methods operated a Bell...
May 29, 2015
An MH-53E lands on the USS Boxer May 7. Photo by U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Veronica Mammina The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have struggled for more than a decade to keep their heavy-lift MH/CH-53Es flying amid high-operational tempos...
May 29, 2015
Monday, June 1 is the deadline for this year’s nominations to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, according to the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A). Since 1977, the Quad A-run Hall has honored persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period...
May 29, 2015
Thirteen pilots and flight instructors at the flight school Upper Limits Aviation have been deputized to work with Utah’s Iron County Sheriff’s Office, providing helicopter air support for local search and rescue missions. The school and the...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
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