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June 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered a new EC155 to ShandsCair Flight Program, the air medical transport service of UF Health. The helicopter is customized for transporting critically ill patients and will be operated by Med-Trans Corp. The new helicopter was recently delivered from Metro Aviation in Shreveport, which designed and...
June 5, 2014
Robinson Helicopter Company has received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place...
June 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Prague, Czech Republic facility has delivered two commercially registered Bell 429 aircraft to Turkey. The aircraft were delivered to Saran Aviation and were customized in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) configuration. The modification also included...
June 4, 2014
Leading speakers on the opening day of Quad-A 2014, this year named as the Army Aviation Missions Solutions Summit, ground down the message about the impact on sequestration and how the Army had to change during the new format and shorter two-day summit. Speaking during the first session on the opening day, Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), made the point...
June 4, 2014
Australia Helicopters’ Ambulance Victoria operation. Photo courtesy Australian Helicopters Australian Helicopters has won a 10-year contract from the Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria to supply and operate a new fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s for the state’s ambulance service from January 2016. Australian Helicopters currently operates two of the five helicopters used by...
June 4, 2014
Cochise County, located in the southeast corner of Arizona, has taken delivery of its first-ever law enforcement helicopter. The aircraft, a Bell 206L4, is part of a one-year lease program between Airwest Helicopters of Glendale, Ariz., the Cochise County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and the Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD). The $1.5-million program is being funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, a...
June 4, 2014
Lord Corporation intends to broaden its aviation business in its 90th anniversary year and as part of that it will have a stronger presence in the European aviation sector, said William Cerami, president of global aerospace and defense, speaking May 28 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. Although strong in fixed-wing aviation, the rotorcraft sector is a focus for the corporation, particularly...
June 3, 2014
The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) uses AgustaWestland AW139s for search and rescue operations. Photo courtesy of SMA, by Patrik Nilsson Back in November 2011, the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) decided that it would replace its Sikorsky S-76 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with new AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Furthermore, at a time when it seems that SAR provision is...
June 3, 2014
Inside the cockpit of an LAPD EC135 over Hollywood. Photos courtesy of Henry Perritt and Eliot Sprague When Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes in December and told Charlie Rose about Amazon’s dream of using small drones to deliver packages, half the world started looking out their windows. Helicopter pilots are starting to look over their shoulders. How much longer can they expect to be in a cockpit as...
June 3, 2014
Staverton-based Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to install the next generation of missions system equipment into the National Police Air Service (NPAS) fleet. The work, valued at between $8 million and $16 million, will see...
June 3, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has updated its EC145 T2 in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. Airbus Helicopters has also developed an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions for this 4-metricton-category...
June 3, 2014
The Canadian Press, a news organization based in Toronto, is reporting that government documents recently obtained under the Canadian equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S., show that the FAA and EASA made "strenuous objections" over Transport Canada's (TC) handling of a special weight exemption for the Bell 429. The exemption, which was granted in 2012, allows the aircraft to...
June 2, 2014
Kaman’s SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will replace New Zealand’s current fleet of Seasprites. Photo courtesy of Kaman Aerospace Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super...
June 2, 2014
Sikorsky test pilot John Rucci with the CH-53K ground test vehicle, or GTV Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed...
June 2, 2014
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into a near miss involving a Bell 412 Westpac rescue helicopter and an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), highlighting the dangers of UAVs operating above 400 feet without approval. The incident occurred in late March at 2200 hours (10:00 pm) when the Westpac helicopter took off from John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New...
June 2, 2014
AHS International has given its Capt. William J. Kossler USCG Award to the Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators. The award was presented during the AHS International 70th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The awardee selection had been previously announced. The pilots and crews were recognized for their efforts delivering lifesaving supplies and...
May 30, 2014
Keith Cianfrani Imagine hovering for a local news station over a large city at night, filming a story when your engine fails and you are forced to make an autorotation to a suitable area that you can’t actually see and hopefully no trees, poles wires or cars will be in your flight path. This is a situation you do not want to be in. However, you have power to the rotor system with full operating rotor...
May 30, 2014
Custom Helicopters has chosen SkyTrac’s flight following solution to optimize their operations. Custom provides services including mineral exploration, power line...
May 30, 2014
The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has designated Pratt & Whitney Canada's Longueuil facility a Vertical Flight Heritage Site, recognizing the company’s role in the development of the global helicopter industry. A plaque presentation ceremony was held on May...
May 30, 2014
Thales will provide its integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI) to modernize the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system, with completion expected in 2018. The first batch are planned to be completed by 2014, when Thales’ IESI...
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