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July 22, 2014
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has ordered an AgustaWestland AW 169 twin-engine helicopter for emergency medical service missions...
July 22, 2014
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has added three new dealers in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. The dealers include: DSA in the Czech Republic, Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc. in Elkin, N.C....
July 22, 2014
Kongsberg Defence Systems has agreed to extend and increase the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of components for AgustaWestland airframes including the NH90 helicopter. The protocol, signed by the two companies...
July 21, 2014
Australia has released new guidance material on helicopter landing sites as part of its efforts to bring standards in line with those of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The new guidance material is also designed to help helicopter operators transition to new Australian regulations that are under...
July 21, 2014
MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz., has added Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, Ga., as the newest authorized service center for its line of turbine rotorcraft. A subsidiary of Precision Aviation Group (PAG), PAS becomes the 46th maintenance location for the estimated 2,500 MDHI aircraft currently in operation. Customers are now able to obtain maintenance, parts...
July 18, 2014
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has delivered the final four Russian Helicopters Mi-171E transport helicopters to Poly Technologies in China. The successful transfer of these rotorcraft...
July 18, 2014
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association officially welcomed members to its 44th annual conference and exposition in Phoenix on Thursday. Immediately after the ribbon cutting, its 1,300 registered attendees were ushered into one of the Phoenix Convention Center’s huge exhibition halls, where aircraft manufactures, equipment suppliers and services providers...
July 17, 2014
Just as the Pentagon saw the advantages of using remotely piloted vehicle systems (RPVS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to serve soldiers on the battlefield, law enforcement agencies saw a system that could just as easily serve officers out in the community. Builders of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – the animal you get when you bring a UAV, optics, and other features together into...
July 17, 2014
The Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) has granted military certification to AgustaWestland’s AW149 multirole military helicopter. Over the past few months, the AW149 has...
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Army will test Kaman’s K-Max unmanned coaxial helicopter in two trials over the coming months, said Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman Aerospace’s UAS product group, speaking at Farnborough Airshow. The first autonomous technologies trial will take place next week (end of July) at Fort Benning, Ga., with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD)...
July 16, 2014
The New York Police Department is using Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) for Bell 412 advanced search and rescue hoist rescue training and Bell 429 hoist rescue transition training. The training covers 36 SAR pilots, hoist operators and rescue specialists and divers. Patrick Dennis, senior vice president of training solutions at P1AR, noted that during the selection process, NYPD asked the company “to...
July 16, 2014
Government Capital Corp. (GCC), located in Southlake, Texas, is partnering with Airbus Helicopters to offer tax-exempt financing to law enforcement and government agencies wishing to upgrade their AS350 aircraft with new mission equipment technology. Such financing can also cover major maintenance, 12-year inspections, and the installation of upgrades for that line through Precision Aviation Group (PAG) of...
July 16, 2014
Eastern Europe is the focus of Bell Helicopter’s increasing presence in Europe, particularly the eastern half, with that announcement that its Prague facility (ex-Aviation Services) in the Czech Republic will serve as Europe’s customization, delivery and aftermarket service center. Speaking at Farnborough Airshow, Bell President and CEO John Garrison said that the company was strategically...
July 15, 2014
The four-rotor Qube is made by AeroVironment for a variety of police applications, including searches, aerial photography, and light surveillance. (Below) Logo of the Northeast Region UAS Unit. Images courtesy of GFSD Since their widespread use as military surveillance platforms in the Middle East, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have drawn the attention of a public that has marveled at the...
July 15, 2014
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued a $14.6-million contact to the Amarillo, Texas-based Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office. The agreement covers research and...
July 15, 2014
Bell Helicopter has reached two purchase agreements for a total of eight Bell 429s. Inaer France, an Avincis Group operator, has purchased a Bell 429 in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
July 14, 2014
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra in action. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected...
July 14, 2014
Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service to support the booming offshore oil and gas industry off the coast of North West Australia. The SAR service is believed to be the first of its kind dedicated to the country’s offshore resources sector. Initially an Airbus Helicopters EC225 is based at Broome International Airport in Western Australia for operation...
July 14, 2014
During an exclusive interview heading into the Farnborough International Airshow, Sikorsky President Mick Maurer told Rotor & Wing that speed, autonomy and intelligence are the factors that Sikorsky is driving forward to meet its military and civilian customer needs. Recent wins including the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) program (112 aircraft), the VXX Presidential helicopter...
July 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-171 in flight. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171s for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions, as well as personnel and cargo...
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