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April 1, 2014
Terry Terrell Late one night, not many years ago, we were delivering a patient to a large metropolitan medical complex. Since we were flying during the quiet hours after midnight, my highly experienced medical crew and I were enjoying the smooth winter air and sharp city skyline lightscape only offered up to helicopter occupants on rare occasions. We had made our standard radio calls, and had finished a...
April 1, 2014
Andrew Drwiega Good news on the Science and Technology (S&T) front in terms of pushing forward the performance envelope for vertical takeoff and landing combined with speed and range. The U.S. Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) announced in mid-March that Boeing and Karem Aircraft will now join Sikorsky and Aurora Flight Sciences in the Phase 1 of DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane...
April 1, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
April 1, 2014
EC175 full flight simulator. Courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters plans to provide a new level of support for the EC175 rotorcraft in North America, with a Level D full-flight simulator located in the United States as part of a commitment to operators serving the offshore oil and gas industry. The Level D full-flight simulator will be...
April 1, 2014
The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba...
April 1, 2014
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior...
April 1, 2014
Among one of first workshops to open at Heli-Expo 2014 was a military-to-civilian transition seminar. Stacy Sheard, Sikorsky production test pilot and former Army aviator, filled a room to maximum capacity as she ran a workshop...
April 1, 2014
Metro Aviation’s booth during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters. The...
April 1, 2014
Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project was jointly announced in March 2008 with a Statement of Intent signed in January...
April 1, 2014
The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is...
April 1, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines will begin the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters this week. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson...
March 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, La. The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell...
March 28, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed contracts with countries across Latin America in 2013 for 41 helicopters to be delivered in 2014-2016. The...
March 28, 2014
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its HF-9087D radio to Helibras, marking the first radio...
March 27, 2014
Government and military sales of FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability systems are taking off, up 30 percent over two years, according to officials at BLR Aerospace. Some 200 of the 600 FastFin systems in operation worldwide are...
March 27, 2014
The success of Airbus Helicopters is closely linked to the quality of its collaboration with partners. Integrating partners into its industrial process makes up part of Airbus Helicopters’ strategy and contributes to the success of the objectives outlined in its transformation plan, which...
March 27, 2014
Lord now offers a re-bond repair for the Bell 412 Spindle Bearing. According to Rodolphe Leroy, manager global sales, business development and marketing, Lord Aerospace Aftermarket, Lord has implemented several changes to help lower direct operating costs (DOCs) for operators, as well as ease...
March 26, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions are available – the Spider S3 which costs...
March 26, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached an agreement with China's Avicopter to jointly produce 1,000 new generation EC175/AC352 rotorcraft.     Photo, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters   The production agreement was signed at...
March 25, 2014
Another Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, Flight Lt. Charlie Lockyear, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for operations in Afghanistan with Master Aircrew (MACR) Bob Sunderland receiving a Mention in Dispatches during the same action. While on a mission in May 2013 to insert...
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