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June 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Sky Shuttle Helicopters’ first two AW139 medium twin helicopters have entered service in Hong Kong. The company provides regular passenger service to Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, using AW139s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. Until last year, Sky Shuttle was known as Heli Express, which itself grew out of East Asia Airlines and Helicopters...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 11, 2009
China Daily is reporting that India “will try to promote helicopter tourism by building infrastructure and reducing costs to attract foreign tourists.” They cite the country’s civil...
May 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | TOURISM Helicopter pilot Ruedi Hafen used his rotor downwash to save a man who had just gone over Niagara Falls — despite the victim doing everything possible to spurn assistance. "He just didn’t want to be rescued," said Hafen, owner/pilot of Niagara Helicopters Limited, an aerial tour company based on the Ontario side of the falls. "But I wasn’t going to have...
April 28, 2009
It's happened again. Despite the recent spate of helicopter escapes, the prison in Saint-Denis, Reunion (a small island in the Indian Ocean) failed to install an...
April 13, 2009
Pursuant to several safety-related rules implemented by the FAA, as well as advancements in technology, Hawaii has seen a decrease...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL In the midst of what some are calling the Great Recession, kit helicopter builder RotorWay has unveiled plans to manufacture an FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter. Announced by RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz at Heli-Expo 2009, the turbine two-seater will use a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine (300shp rated takeoff and 240shp rated cruise). It is a radical departure from the...
April 1, 2009
Life in the corporate VIP cabin. It wasn’t all that long ago when a copy of the Wall Street Journal, a pair of headsets and a bag of cashews left on the seat were the only things that made a regular helicopter fit for transporting an executive. Oh, how the times have changed! Top corporate and government officials don’t have to be aboard their $50 million jet planes in order to travel in...
March 20, 2009
Regarding yesterday's story about thousands of Bell 407s, 427s and 206 A, B and L series grounded due to an improperly installed bearing: The FAA today issued Emergency AD 2009-07-52, which says in part “Since the issuance of...
March 19, 2009
The FAA is grounding 2,800 Bell models, including the 407, 427 and the 206 A, B and L series, to search for improperly installed bearing that...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 9, 2009
Maverick Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based operator, will not only fly couples to the Grand Canyon, among other places, but also the company's in-house wedding...
March 5, 2009
The helicopter, operated by Papillion Helicopters, apparently lost engine power while flying over...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Canadian helicopter operator Discovery Air is moving to the Northwest Territories, under the terms of a C$34-million ($28-million) loan meant to cover C$33 million of company debt. Northwest Territories Opportunities Fund is providing the C$34 million. The territorial government is using the fund to attract industry and jobs...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL No helicopters. This declaration from the Land’s End Aerodrome Action Group (LEAAG) in response to British International Helicopters’ plans to offer service from there to the Isles of Scilly. Made up of local residents, LEAAG fears that adding helicopter service to the Land’s End Airport...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The year 2008 may have looked like a recession in the U.S., but not for Robinson Helicopters. The Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer produced 893 civil helicopters last year. That tops Robinson’s prior record of 823, which was achieved in 2007. Driving sales was the four-seat Raven II, the more powerful version of the original R44. The Raven II now...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. (BHTCL) has laid off 500 employees at its Mirabel plant; located outside Montreal, Canada. The layoffs effectively cut the Mirabel workforce by 24 percent, from 2100 to 1600. According to BHTCL director of business development Michele Legault, the 500 "temporary layoffs" will last for three months at least. The BHTCL plant produces Bell 206B, 206L...
February 24, 2009
Two Greek inmates scrambled aboard a helicopter and escaped a maximum-security prison. The same prison that one of the men, Vassililis...
February 11, 2009
Luxury hotel chain von Essen unveiled its plan to open a 70-room hotel next to the London Heliport. The official opening is scheduled...
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