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August 26, 2014
The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) is less than a month away and is being staged at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn., from September 22 to 24. Keynote speakers include Bruce Crandall on Monday, September 22. Candall was the first winner of the Helicopter Heroism Award presented by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for two daring nighttime landings under fire to rescue 12 badly wounded...
June 11, 2014
The U.S. Army has awarded Evergreen Helicopters of McMinnville, Ore. a $10.6 million modification to an existing contract to...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
March 5, 2014
In a seemingly surprise reversal of policy, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced on March 4 that the Air Force would "realign about $430 million" from other projects in its defense budgets to help pay for the new Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the replacement for the existing HH-60G Pave Hawks, between 2014 and 2020. James said that the decision “protects a good competitive...
December 18, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered the first batch of four S-70i helicopters to the Brunei Ministry of Defense, including two during the recent Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
December 1, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) slammed into the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8 and brought havoc to the lives of millions of people as its 200-mph-plus winds and associated tidal surge blasted away buildings, villages, towns and people. It was already expected to be the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines – and it lived up to expectations as one of the worst storms to hit land ever...
November 15, 2013
The U.S. Marines are sending four additional Bell-Boeing MV-22B Ospreys to support disaster relief efforts in the Philippines following the Haiyan/Yolanda typhoon that recently struck the region. Photo: Lance Cpl. Diamond Peden. According to a statement by the Philippine government's national disaster risk reduction and management...
May 1, 2013
The saga of the British government’s drive to replace the 70-year tradition of military involvement in providing the majority of the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) helicopters with a privatized ‘for profit’ organization in order to divest the service off the military balance sheet is now at an end. The announcement by Patrick McLoughlin, the UK Secretary of State at the Department for...
April 1, 2013
TSI’s D Smith (left) presents Moral Courage award to Bond CEO Richard Mintern.  The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo. TSI’s D Smith noted that...
April 1, 2013
Most things that happen in helicopter aviation can be viewed from more than one perspective, and sometimes achieving access to the correct viewpoint can end up feeling like a matter of life and death. During the 1970s, out of Borinquen, Puerto Rico, we enjoyed not only the pleasure of covering the largest search and rescue sector in all of U.S. Coast Guard operations with the exquisitely capable Sikorsky...
March 26, 2013
While any helicopter accident is one too many, it’s hard not to feel a visceral reaction when you hear of an EMS team going down while attempting to save the lives of others. In November 2011, the Interior Minister of Mexico, Francisco Blake Mora, lost his life along with seven others in a rotorcraft accident. Credited with making major strides in the government’s war on drug cartels, Blake...
March 5, 2013
At a press conference on Monday at HAI’s Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison said that while the partnership with Boeing on the V-22 remains intact, the OEM would now be taking the lead in tiltrotor development for the Joint Multi Role (JMR) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL), where Boeing has partnered with Sikorsky. “We still have the same strong relationship with Boeing today on V-22...
January 18, 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins has finished the first installation of its ARC-210 Gen5 radio on a combat search and rescue...
December 20, 2012
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a £258-million contract to extend the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) program to the expected end of service of the helicopter type in 2016. The SKIOS extension has been necessary following the need to rebid the search and rescues-helicopter (SAR-H) project. The military were...
December 19, 2012
Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir Putin in early December. This is the first export order for the new Ka-62. Graphic...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 1, 2012
In front of attendees at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini celebrated the delivery of the first AW119Kx helicopter to Life Flight Network. The single-engine turbine, an upgraded version of the AW119Ke Koala, is one of 15 ordered by the...
November 15, 2012
The National EMS Pilots Association has given its Pilot of the Year award to Jim Glasner, who flies for EagleMed in Wichita, Kan. Glasner got his start...
November 1, 2012
One of the amazingly positive results to have come from the war in Afghanistan is the increase in survival rate of battlefield casualties airlifted to in-theater hospitals by helicopter. From the days of extracting casualties from the frontlines by Bell 47/H-13 during the Korean War around 60 years ago, the methods and techniques have moved on to the point where a Medical Emergency Recovery Team (MERT) of...
October 15, 2012
AgustaWestland has presented the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Gander in...
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