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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...
May 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has inked a cooperation agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia to allow Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to provide laboratory equipment to the Aviation Technical College, formerly part of Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College. The Aviation Technical College was spun off from Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College in early 2014 under an Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant...
May 29, 2014
My last column dealt with describing the power required by the rotor to produce optimum results in various stages of flight. This sparked a bunch of interesting conversations that have become the basis for this month’s topic: varying the rotor RPM. Many of today’s helicopters are operated at a constant rotor RPM, but there are benefits to varying RPM in flight. It allows for a greater portion...
May 29, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and UTair have extended their training agreement past an original three-year arrangement. Through this program, pilots and technical personnel are trained on the Ecureuil-family rotorcraft and also...
May 29, 2014
[Source: Rotor & Wing] The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH)...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
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