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January 24, 2012
McLean, Va.-based M International has purchased the Keystone Engine Services division of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. M International has formed a new...
January 24, 2012
Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefited from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services...
January 18, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) have combined forces to present a two-day seminar, "SOCAL Professional Helicopter...
January 18, 2012
Most ditching events and water impacts would be survived if on the ground. Civil aviation authorities, helicopter makers and equipment manufacturers are struggling to improve the survivability of these accidents, as the number of fatalities due to drowning of conscious occupants is still unacceptable. Improving floatability is a major focus. Just as important, avoiding helicopter capsizing would save many...
January 13, 2012
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its emergency medical system kit for the...
January 12, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives operators additional range...
January 3, 2012
The Palm Beach County Health Care District will begin discussions Tuesday on whether and when to replace its...
January 1, 2012
The improving financial position of U.S. rescue hoist and winch specialist Breeze Eastern was one of the reasons that the company decided to hold its first user conference in five years during the fall. Hailed by President and CEO Mike Harlan as an indication that the company is moving ahead positively in both product development and customer service, the Breeze Eastern User Conference took place September...
January 1, 2012
Sandel Avionics has provided Minneapolis, Minn.-based MSP Aero with its WireWatch system for a fleet of...
December 20, 2011
Eurocopter Romania has handed over the first of six EC135s to the Romanian Ministry of Health. The contract, which was...
December 9, 2011
Metro Aviation has agreed to modify two Eurocopter EC145s for Duke University’s Life Flight HEMS...
December 7, 2011
During the Dubai Air Show in November, AgustaWestland kept busy pushing the two newest members of its family of helicopters. The AW169, introduced at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, and the AW189, unveiled at the 2011 Paris Air Show in June, are already finding success among operators worldwide, according to an AgustaWestland spokesman, who added that the two models will be heavily promoted at the upcoming...
December 7, 2011
REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight announce the merger of the two privately-held companies, creating the most comprehensive network of...
December 3, 2011
Big Bend Community College and Inland Helicopters of Spokane have partnered to train a new generation of helicopter pilots. The new pilot...
December 1, 2011
Putting HEMS Decisions Back into Pilots’ Hands I’m a 15-year HEMS PIC, based at a large university hospital. Hospital-based aircraft are usually leased from an aviation vendor, which also provides flight crews (the medical crews are usually hospital employees). The biggest safety concern in this arrangement is the vendor’s surrender of operational control in the interest of...
December 1, 2011
Eurocopter’s EC145T2 takes to the skies with a BK117 during a recent customer demonstration of the helicopter variant from its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. Eurocopter Eurocopter has received a large fleet order from a longtime operator, as DRF Luftrettung has agreed to purchase 25 EC145T2s. The...
December 1, 2011
Attendees at AMTC 2011 inspect the cabin of a Bell 429 belonging to the San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. Other air medical transport aircraft on display included an AgustaWestland GrandNew, Eurocopter EC130 and MD902. Photos by Ernie Stephens Saint Louis, Mo. was the site of the Association of the Air Medical Services’ (AAMS) 31st annual Air Medical Transport Conference, which was...
December 1, 2011
The Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy will receive a firefighting and EMS-ready AgustaWestland AW139 by the end of the year...
December 1, 2011
Charles Schmitt, former director of operations at French operator Héli-Union and a highly respected pilot in the helicopter industry, died in November at age 78. Schmitt had logged a total 11,800 flight hours. ICAO and other international organizations had used him as an expert. Among other distinctions, he had been awarded France’s Légion d’honneur order, Médaille...
December 1, 2011
Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray (left) and Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries prepare to present a plaque to the U.S. Army. Turbomeca presented the ceremonial 10,000th Arriel to the U.S. Army Oct. 27 during an event in front of hundreds of employees in Grand Prairie, Texas. On hand to accept the engine—which will go into one of the Army’s EADS North America UH-72A...
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