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July 1, 2015
James T. McKenna   I have just finished reading a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt. “The First Tycoon,” by T.J. Stiles, recounts how Vanderbilt rose from a young descendant of Dutch settlers on New York’s Staten Island to a man who transformed commerce in the U.S. and helped lay the foundation for today’s capital markets. Other captains nicknamed Vanderbilt “the...
July 1, 2015
Though many police units have recently been buying new, an increase in available surplus helicopters may change that. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airborne law enforcement in the U.S. has made some gains in the last year or so. A number of police agencies have been cleared by their government overseers to purchase new helicopters instead of acquiring used or surplus ones. The Airborne Law...
July 1, 2015
Lightspeed Aviation is offering summer discounts on its Zulu PFX, Zulu.2 and Sierra headsets. Each of those products includes active noise cancellation, full Bluetooth...
July 1, 2015
CHC Helicopter is “certainly not expecting an immediate rebound” in the market for offshore oil and gas helicopter support, CFO Joan Hooper told financial analysts in a June 30 briefing on the company’s fourth-quarter and full-fiscal-year performance. “We are planning as if the...
July 1, 2015
An NTSB investigation is underway after six-year-old boy started a medical transport helicopter at an air show. Mayo One, an EC145 operated by the Mayo Clinic's air medical transport service, was on display at Mankato...
June 30, 2015
Brisbane and North Queensland regional centers are getting their first glimpse of the latest example of the Airbus Helicopters H145, which arrived in Brisbane over the weekend after completing the Sydney component of its month-long Australia visit as part of a global...
June 30, 2015
Nearly four years ago, a U.S. CH-47D was shot down in Afghanistan’s Tangi Valley en route to aid Army Rangers under fire. All 39 troops on the Boeing Chinook, call sign Extortion 17, died in the Aug. 6, 2011 attack. The dead included eight Afghans and 31 Americans—five aircrew members, 22 U.S. Navy SEALs and special-warfare personnel, three U.S. Air Force special operations...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 29, 2015
A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary...
June 29, 2015
Helicopter flight schools in Arizona, Florida, Texas and Washington have been ordered to stop enrolling military veterans as new students, according to media reports. The Los Angeles Times described the move as “part of...
June 29, 2015
A near-doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo, combined with a 50 percent increase in the number of buildings of 11 floors or more in that megalopolis, has prompted the city’s...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 26, 2015
Longtime FAA executive Jay Pardee, who pioneered the agency’s shift from reactive to proactive and predictive safety initiatives over the last 20 years, died suddenly June 12. “Many of us at the FAA are policy people,” one Pardee colleague and friend said. “Jay lived and breathed safety his entire career.” That 44-year career included helping in the mid-1990s to...
June 26, 2015
A new program has been created to help FAA employees feel "comfortable coming forward with safety concerns,” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Safety Review Process (SRP), an 18-month pilot program initiated on June 25 by...
June 25, 2015
Era Group has opened a new 35-acre super base in Houma, La., composed of a passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar, which will house more than 30 aircraft and facilitate approximately 15,000 passengers per month traveling to and from offshore oil and gas...
June 25, 2015
July 9 is the deadline for submitting comments on the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) draft standards on airborne search and rescue (SAR). Interested parties can download the draft standards at...
June 25, 2015
“The bottom line is the autorotation remains a necessary skill” and all helicopter pilots need to maintain mastery of it, the head of Flight Operations for AgustaWestland Philadelphia told a recent briefing for 50 pilots and operators organized by the FAA Safety Team. The executive, Patrick McKernan, was one of...
June 24, 2015
AHS International has announced the winner of its Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display. The winning paper is "A Smart Position Sensor for Articulated Rotors," by Troy Schank and Kynn...
June 24, 2015
Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands, has signed a contract with AgustaWestland for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters that will replace its existing...
June 24, 2015
The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide propulsion engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) program. TAI and LHTEC officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show and will...
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