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May 29, 2013
Bell Helicopter has appointed HeliDrive as an independent representative for the northwest district of Russia. HeliDrive becomes Bell’s second representative in...
May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 28, 2013
Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multipurpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in the Krasnaya Polyana region near Sochi, with medical personnel from the Southern Regional...
May 22, 2013
Air medical transport operator Air Methods Corp. has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of FAA's voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) program. FAA created the SMS program to provide guidance and recognition of safety efforts implemented by commercial air operators. Level 4 of the program is the...
May 21, 2013
 FlightSafety International has incorporated its new Level D-qualified AgustaWestland AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) into the initial pilot training courses at its learning center in Lafayette, La...
May 17, 2013
Air Methods subsidiary United Rotorcraft has obtained AS9100 Rev. C certification, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)'s aviation industry standard for...
May 15, 2013
The Turkish Ministry of Health's air ambulance service will feature a fleet of Eurocopter EC135s, after THK Gokcen Aviation selected the twin-engine rotorcraft to begin operations in August.      EC135 in flight. Photos...
May 8, 2013
  China’s State Grid General Aviation (SGGA) has been assisting with relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken city of Ya’an in the Sichuan...
May 7, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a total of nine new recommendations following the investigation of an August 2011 Eurocopter AS350 B2 crash in Mosby, Mo. Four people died in the accident. NTSB determined that four factors contributed to the crash—training, fatigue, the pilot being distracted from multitasking including sending personal text messages, and taking off...
May 6, 2013
A new investor group is providing $375 million in equity growth capital for Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing, as the company looks to expand its grow its fleet. Waypoint has a U.S...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
NTSB’s investigation into an August 2011 helicopter EMS crash in Missouri (see story, page 16) made national headlines in early April after the safety board named text messaging and multitasking as one of the key factors that contributed to the Eurocopter AS350 B2 accident. Four people, including the pilot, died as a result of the incident, which has the distinction of being the first commercial...
May 1, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a private text conversation was one of the factors that contributed to a series of poor decisions resulting in the August 2011 crash of an Air Methods Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Mosby, Mo. Four people died as a result of the accident, including the pilot, James Freudenberg. According to NTSB, in addition to being distracted from texting...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
April 29, 2013
The third of eight Eurocopter EC135s has arrived at California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (Calstar) after receiving an air medical interior at Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. Among the equipment in the helicopter, which features medical seating for three, is a...
April 25, 2013
Boise, Idaho-based night vision imaging system (NVIS) provider from Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has completed a Eurocopter EC135 for Med-Trans Air Medical Services. The installation, which took place at Metro...
April 24, 2013
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based air medical transport provider REACH Air Medical Services has obtained FAA approval to begin using its own GPS approaches and routes in Western Oregon.      REACH AgustaWestland AW109. Photo courtesy of REACH.   The authorization allows REACH to begin flying directly to hospitals and landing sites along the Oregon coast and...
April 24, 2013
Bond Aviation has formally recognized Engineering Manager John Crowther and HUMS Engineer Sean Newlands for receiving the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Moral Courage award in March. The Bond technicians shared the first-time award with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, who faced the tough decision of abandoning a rescue mission due to high risk. Luke Farajallah, managing...
April 22, 2013
Three years after entering FAA's voluntary Safety Management Systems (SMS) pilot project, Metro Aviation has entered Level III of the program.   SMS is recognized by the U.S. Joint Planning...
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