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March 1, 2011
During an HAI Forum in late January, FAA Director of Flight Standards Services John Allen told around 100 people in attendance that the agency intends to clear up regulations governing public-use helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft that are so confusing, even his own inspectors do not fully understand them. Held at its headquarters in Alexandria, Va., HAI called the forum to address questions raised as a...
March 1, 2011
On the most recent last day of EMS helicopter creation, “Let There Be Light” was commanded, and a new and potentially constructive variety of light was introduced to the working helicopter environment in the form of night vision goggle (NVG) technology. Accordingly, our large metroplex-based EMS program has just concluded a comprehensive transition to NVG operations, and the training has...
February 14, 2011
Helicopter Association International has unveiled the winners of this year’s “Salute to Excellence” awards. Keith Johnson of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) will receive the AgustaWestland Safety Award. PHI Chief Pilot Michael Hurst has won the Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award. The...
February 1, 2011
Russian Helicopters’ second Mi-38 prototype has gone airborne, conducting a long-haul mission in late December. Russian Helicopters carried out the first long-haul flight of the Mil Mi-38, following the maiden flight of the second prototype airframe in early December. OP-2 flew 800 km (497 miles) from Kazan to Moscow in late...
February 1, 2011
Controlled flight into terrain, (CFIT) is the number one cause of fatal helicopter accidents. The overwhelming majority of these CFIT accidents occur during inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC). The U.S. military, FAA and various other agencies have all tried to eliminate or at least mitigate this hazard to helicopter crews but haven’t had rousing success. IIMC is a pilot-induced...
January 31, 2011
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW109 Power to Kocoglu Aviation, which...
January 28, 2011
American Eurocopter has sold a fourth EC145 to Geisinger Medical...
January 24, 2011
AgustaWestland has obtained a contract to supply Switzerland-based SAR and air medical...
January 20, 2011
Eurocopter has received an order for three EC135s and two EC145s from STAT MedEvac. The air...
January 12, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have received an order for an AW139 from Saitama Prefecture of Japan. The helicopter will conduct firefighting, EMS, disaster relief and...
January 6, 2011
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee County MEDSTAR has chosen to upgrade its Bell 430 with the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital audio...
January 3, 2011
A PHI-registered air medical Eurocopter EC135P2+ was involved in a mid-air collision with a Cessna 172 on Friday above Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD)...
January 1, 2011
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman used an analogy to describe how federal oversight relates to public-use aircraft, a topic that came up multiple times during the Dec. 7 meeting: “Public-use operations have been made an orphan by the aviation industry, like they have no parent and no one wants to be responsible for them. And this orphan, everyone says when they make a mistake or when something goes...
January 1, 2011
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI), the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and other industry leaders have identified safety management systems (SMS) as a key tool in the effort to reduce helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. Without setting into the statistics, there are plenty of places to read the raw numbers, but let’s just start by agreeing that the helicopter industry’s safety record...
December 23, 2010
Air Methods enforced a 12-hour fleet grounding after a University of Missouri Staff For Life Eurocopter AS350B2 was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday in La...
December 20, 2010
The final two Eurocopter EC135s that are part of a 23-aircraft order have arrived at Polish air medial operator LPR. The...
December 8, 2010
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Transportation Board on Tuesday placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson...
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