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December 1, 2013
Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s for offshore transport and SAR missions. Nine are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Three operate from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos by Ernie Stephens     Rain and poor visibility are the one-two punch that keeps most helicopter operations on the ground. But not so at Cougar Helicopters located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. On...
October 14, 2013
A pair of Robinson R66 turbine helicopters completed a six-week around-the-world flight on Sept. 15, an expedition organized by Moscow-based Robinson dealer Aviamarket. R66 flying above la manche, during its around-the-world trip. Photo courtesy of Robinson The...
October 2, 2013
Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens traveled to Knoxville for a profile on the University of Tennessee Medical Center's LIFESTAR program. Below are a handful of photos that didn't make it into...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
August 20, 2013
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has hired a new company president, James Winkel.      ASU Founder Mike Atwood (left) shakes hands with new ASU...
July 22, 2013
Eurocopter on Monday said its EC225 twin engine passenger transport helicopters can return to full service later this month, after being grounded in some countries since October 2012.    On July 10, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved prevention and detection...
April 2, 2013
U.K.-based oil production company Premier Oil has agreed to a three-year contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights...
April 1, 2013
With helicopter numbers expected to multiply rapidly in India over the next few years, both in the civil sector and the military, there is a corresponding rise for synthetic training, something that is just now coming to the fore. A joint venture organization established in January 2008 between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) and CAE, the Canadian simulation and integrated training provider, now seems...
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 1, 2012
A line of S-76Ds at Sikorsky’s plant in Coatesville, Pa. Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern visited Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. in early October to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February 2012. Bond Aviation’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to...
November 1, 2012
The Rescue 915 crew of the Canadian Forces’ 103 Search and Rescue Squadron. Canadian Forces used an AgustaWestland AW101 during an Arctic rescue in October 2011. AgustaWestland has awarded the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian...
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...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
Helicopter undergoing work at Metro’s completions facility in Shreveport, La. I met Todd Stanberry early in the morning a few hours before an impending hurricane was due to arrive in Central Louisiana. Todd explained that he was Metro Aviation owner Mike Stanberry’s son and that he would be conducting a tour of the facility. During the tour, Todd related the story of how his father started...
September 1, 2012
R66 flanks a lineup of Robinson helicopters at the company’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif. As mentioned in my August column, “Safety Goes Hand in Glove with Mission” (page 52), I had the opportunity to attend the Robinson Helicopter Corp. Pilot Safety Course and fly the R22 and R66 at the end of the program. The course is four to five days long including the aircraft flights. I was...
August 29, 2012
Aircraft manufacturer Russian Helicopters has set a new world altitude record with its Mi-38 during the 14th Federation...
August 1, 2012
Era Helicopters AgustaWestland AW139. When you think about it, the helicopter industry is truly amazing. Especially when you consider how many of today’s mega-service-providers started out as “one ship” operations. Take Era Group, for example. The company was started in 1948 when an adventurous young pilot named Carl Brady started Economy Helicopters and brought a Bell 47A to Alaska to...
July 17, 2012
Honda Aircraft Co. completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet, the company announced Dec. 21. The airframer said the flight is a "significant step in Hondas aerospace program leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012." The first conforming HondaJet lifted off Dec. 20 from Honda Aircraft headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The HondaJet remained aloft for 51 minutes...
July 1, 2012
U.S. Park Police Bell 412EP performing an ice rescue scenario while training for SAR. United States Park Police When asked to list some U.S. government law enforcement agencies, outfits such as the FBI and Secret Service come to mind. But it’s the rare person who will think of the oldest uniformed, federal law enforcement organization in the country; a proud agency that was established in 1791 by...
June 3, 2012
A Sikorsky S-76C comes in for a landing at one of PHI’s offshore sites. Photo courtesy of PHI Okay, so the title of this story gave it away—the correct answer is: What is PHI, Inc? While being number three in total flight hours behind the world’s two largest air forces is impressive, the truly amazing thing is that PHI has accumulated all those hours in just 63 years of commercial...
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