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November 26, 2012
The Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket), the authority responsible for maritime and aeronautical search and rescue (SAR) services in Sweden, has placed an order with AgustaWestland for seven AW139 intermediate twins. The AW139s will be outfitted for SAR missions and equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), allowing all-weather operations in icing conditions. The helicopters will...
November 15, 2012
The National EMS Pilots Association has given its Pilot of the Year award to Jim Glasner, who flies for EagleMed in Wichita, Kan. Glasner got his start...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 12, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is worth around €150 million...
November 9, 2012
Navicom Aviation Corp. has signed with Latitude Technologies to distribute its WebSentinel flight following system in Japan. Navicom, an...
November 7, 2012
The use of helicopters to fight high-rise fires, defined as being over seven stories, can cause more harm than good if operators are not properly trained, according to Glenn Daley of the New York Police Department. Daley was one of several speakers at the “High-Rise Aerial Firefighting and Rescue” conference held during the fifth biennial Dubai Helishow on November 6. For example, he noted, the...
November 1, 2012
Phoenix, Ariz.-based PHI Air Medical will be using the Dubai Helishow to meet with “other world-class organizations” in order to “expand our footprint into many new...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
I’m an Army National Guard pilot and my unit recently went through an “ARMS” inspection. It occurs about every three years and is a detailed inspection of everything an aviation unit does, which includes checkrides for the unit pilots. During this most recent inspection I made some mental observations about training that I’d like to share. First off, there is no cramming for...
October 30, 2012
American Eurocopter presented its 2012 Vision Zero Safety Award to MedFlight of Ohio during the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference last week in...
October 25, 2012
AgustaWestland has agreed to provide the Swedish Maritime Administration with seven AW139s for its Maritime...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 24, 2012
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has secured an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix involving night vision imaging system (NVIS) packages on the S-76 series. The...
October 23, 2012
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has completed a night vision goggle (NVG) training program for SkyLife Air Ambulance...
October 23, 2012
Oviedo, Fla.-based Elite Simulation Solutions has released three new helicopter simulation devices, two of which are based on Eurocopter variants. The MH-350 open cockpit trainer is modeled after the AS350B. Similar to...
October 23, 2012
In front of attendees at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini on Monday celebrated the delivery of the first AW119Kx helicopter to Life Flight Network. The single-engine turbine, an upgraded...
October 23, 2012
Monday, Oct. 22—the first day of the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC)—has revealed registration numbers that suggest record-breaking attendance for the annual, three-day gathering of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). An estimated...
October 22, 2012
Chico, Calif.-based Enloe Medical Center has selected United Rotorcraft to complete its new Eurocopter EC130T2. United Rotorcraft will...
October 17, 2012
Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern paid a visit to Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. earlier this month to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February. Bond’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to get a look at the green S-92 pair that will go into service with...
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