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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...
October 1, 2011
September 30, 2011
AgustaWestland has signed a multi-year contract with Bond Aviation Group. With this new contract, Bond will...
September 29, 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 on Wednesday morning at Helitech. He is responsible for country markets that stretch from western Ireland to the Pacific. Eurocopter has...
September 23, 2011
Chongqing Helicopter Investment Corporation and AgustaWestland have agreed to a statement of intent to examine future collaboration opportunities in order...
September 21, 2011
Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Air Greenland to provide the commercial and EMS operator with its first two...
September 16, 2011
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has completed modifications on two Eurocopter EC135s for Korean Air Lines...
September 14, 2011
Aaron Todd, CEO of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) provider Air Methods, spoke with Rotor & Wing Senior Editor Andrew Parker 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. Look for more from the interview in the October print edition of Rotor & Wing and the...
September 6, 2011
German HEMS provider DRF Luftrettung has inked a 13-year fleet management program agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer...
September 1, 2011
The Chinese and Asian military helicopter markets are ones that are double-edged for most western helicopter manufacturers (OEMs). While directly supplying the Chinese military is not a market that is open to them, the huge rise in China’s economic strength and its subsequent renewed drive to modernize its military forces are giving many of its neighbors, who can buy from the western OEMs, the reason...
August 24, 2011
An important opportunity to impact the future of heliport designs and regulatory standards will be lost at the end of this month. The comment period regarding FAA Advisory Circular, FAA-AC-150/5390-2C which seeks to rewrite heliport design criteria ends August 31st, and the proposed changes as currently written may have significant financial and operational impact on heliport owners and operators. A few of...
August 19, 2011
UTair Aviation in Russia has received the first of 20 Ecureuils variants from Eurocopter’s Vostok...
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