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June 6, 2014
The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.   Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked...
June 6, 2014
Heli-One has opened a new hangar in Rzeszow, Poland which will benefit customers in the Europe and the Middle East and who operate “heavy” helicopters. Heli-One, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopter, is an independent provider of...
June 6, 2014
Sikorsky Innovations, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, has crowned a team from Danbury High School as the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge. Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of education and Connecticut businesses, and Connecticut Innovations, an organization...
June 5, 2014
New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is reviewing safety awareness training involving Robinson helicopters in the country over the next 12 to 15 months after a recently-released final report into a fatal accident involving a R22 in April 2011 raised safety concerns. On April 27, 2011, an instructor and a student died when an R22 crashed during a cross-country training flight in the Southern Alps...
June 5, 2014
Shadin has delivered its DO-178 Level A custom AIS-360 data converter less than 30 days after initial contact by customer Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Enabled by the Avionics Interface...
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...
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