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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...
July 11, 2014
Hurst, Texas-based Textron division Bell Helicopter has reached agreements with Helicopter Flight Services, AngMar Aviation and Rocky Mountain Rotors involving the 407GX, which features Garmin’s G1000H flight deck. New York City-based Helicopter Flight Services offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction...
July 10, 2014
Graphic of the AW101 for the NAWSARH program. Image courtesy of FLIR Systems 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...
July 10, 2014
As the Mark 6 Chinook entered the hover above RAF Odiham, set in the Hampshire countryside, quite suddenly I became aware of the stability of the helicopter, seemingly unlike other Chinooks that I have been in, either during exercises or in Afghanistan. It was so stable that I thought to myself, “you could hold tea in a cup and saucer and not spill it – impressive.” This was the end of a...
July 10, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Airbus Helicopters’ Level D full-flight simulator for the EC175. Located in Marignane, France at the company’s Helisim Training Academy, the simulator boasts a visual...
July 9, 2014
Other than Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson, with the passing of Charles Kaman in 2011, there is no one alive more iconic to the helicopter industry than Sergei Sikorsky. Currently serving as global ambassador for the Stratford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Sergei is the son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the world’s first mass-produced helicopter...
July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
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