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November 1, 2011
Government orders for helicopters in the homeland security, parapublic and emergency medical services (EMS) sectors are offsetting the downturn in corporate business orders, Olivier Michalon, vice president of customers for Europe and Central Asia, told Rotor & Wing during Helitech 2011 in late September. He is responsible for country markets that stretch from western Ireland to the Pacific. Eurocopter...
November 1, 2011
Guangxi Police will use its new AW139 for law enforcement and disaster relief. AgustaWestland Chongqing Helicopter Investment Corp. has announced plans to partner with AgustaWestland to “examine future collaboration opportunities” in the...
November 1, 2011
Bell has turned its tiltrotor attention to the V-22, as the manufacturer is in the final stages of selling its interest in the BA609 joint venture to AgustaWestland. Bell Photos Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison knew exactly what he wanted to talk about when sitting down for an Oct. 11 interview at AUSA—the V-22 Osprey and the big picture at the company, which has taken a “laser focused”...
October 27, 2011
October 26, 2011
Bell Helicopter employees have been hearing President & CEO John Garrison use the phrase “one Bell, on a mission” for a while now. During an Oct. 11 interview at AUSA, he explained that the company’s mission is to support the customer, with an eastern European hub coming online recently in Prague, a Singapore service facility expected to open early in 2012, and agreements in China and...
October 25, 2011
In addition to a high level of activity from helicopter support companies, OEMs reported a number of new helicopter orders during last week’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). Among the...
October 24, 2011
Source:  Eurocopter ST. LOUIS – American Eurocopter is proud to announce that the Flight For Life Transport System has won the 2011 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. As part of the award, American Eurocopter presented the program with a check for $10,000 to continue its efforts towards safety both within the organization and with its customers. During the AMTC Community Awards Banquet, Treg...
October 21, 2011
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods division, has been completed a non-exclusive agreement with AgustaWestland to design an interior air ambulance concept for AW169s. AgustaWestland will provide...
October 19, 2011
American Eurocopter has announced several new contracts during AMTC. The manufacturer received an order for four EC145s from Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare. The helicopters are part of a fleet replacement for the hospital’s air medical program, OSF Aviation. OSF Aviation expects delivery of the new EC145s...
October 17, 2011
HEMS provider Air Methods has combined its Products division with United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), which it...
October 14, 2011
Corpus Christi, Texas-based HALO-Flight has increased its Bell 407 fleet with the purchase of a third helicopter and...
October 1, 2011
aparker@accessintel.com I found out a lot about helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) during a 30-minute chat with the head of the largest air medical operator in the U.S., Aaron Todd (see Air Methods CEO: Higher Responsibility for HEMS,” page 44, and the full interview at www.rotorandwing.com starting Monday, Oct. 3). The biggest just got bigger—with the recent acquisition of Omniflight...
October 1, 2011
The first China Helicopter Exposition showcased several major products from helicopter makers, including an EC225.  Guangdong Police The first China Helicopter Exposition took place from September 15 to 18 in Tianjin, 70 statute miles from Beijing. For this 2011 edition, organizers booked spaces for about 200 exhibitors, including AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky. They were...
October 1, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have received an order for three AW139s from the Japan National Police Agency. Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Nagaono Police and Hokkaido Police will use the three helicopters in multiple roles, with entry into service projected for spring 2013. The helicopters...
October 1, 2011
This new Eurocopter EC225 will replace an older Sikorsky S-61N in the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) fleet. Eurocopter photo by Anthony Pecchi The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) has...
October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States has grown nearly 300 percent to approximately 840. Coupled with the industry’s rapid growth, the HEMS accident rate...
October 1, 2011
Aaron Todd, CEO of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) provider Air Methods, spoke with Rotor & Wing in September for a wide-ranging interview covering a number of topics, including the company’s recent acquisition of Omniflight Helicopters and the challenges facing the HEMS industry. With the acquisition, the Air Methods fleet now consists of 398 helicopters—Eurocopter, Bell and...
October 1, 2011
Bullying is a topic often spotlighted across almost every venue within common ground-bound American news media, but one aspect of this disruptive behavioral phenomenon somewhat surprisingly occurs far too often within rotary wing aviation operations. This column has regularly presented a running suggestion that those who operate in helicopter aviation activities not allow themselves to be coerced into...
October 1, 2011
There is a perceived increase in EMS accidents over the last 10 years. One reason cited for EMS having a higher accident rate than other forms of flying is that pilots are under some sort of pressure to fly. The main pressure to fly is pressure the pilot puts on himself. There are pilots who pretend to be seagulls. They require someone to throw rocks at them to get airborne but, thankfully, they are few...
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