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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 4, 2009
Edwards & Associates, a primary completions center for Bell Helicopter, and its subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories announced that it has...
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
PERSONAL There are about 1.5 million feral pigs roaming around Texas, but if state representative Sid Miller has his way, there’s soon going to be a lot fewer of them. To cut their numbers, Miller has introduced House Bill 836 into the Texas House of Representatives. It would permit hunters to shoot feral pigs from helicopters, and authorize landowners to charge for allowing such hunts on...
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 27, 2009
A group of citizens in Ada, Michigan succeeded in its petition drive to collect enough signatures to put a township...
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 13, 2009
Officials from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have determined that the flying privileges of former world champion rally car driver Colin McRae were expired when he and three passengers...
February 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Avionics suppliers FreeFlight Systems has developed an entry-level Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution for budget-conscious pilots. Priced under $10,000, FreeFlight Systems "ADS-B Out System" combines a 978 MHz data radio with its TSO-certified 1201 or 1203 GPS/WAAS sensor, dual antennas, and a compact control head. It will...
January 27, 2009
Sikorsky Aircraft has named Stephen B. Estill to the newly created post of V.P., Strategic Partnerships, where he will forward the company’s alliances in the international marketplace. Carey Bond replaces Estill in the position of V.P. and Chief...
January 21, 2009
Boston, Mass.-based AeroCopter is seeking R&D funding for an extraordinarily dramatic new design, the Mono Tiltrotor. The small, single-engine...
January 15, 2009
In a press release issued yesterday, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that former association president, John H. Winant, died on Jan. 13 at his home in...
January 7, 2009
To learn about a Robinson helicopter, one must read its pilot’s operating handbook. To learn about the people who fly them and put them to use, one should read the newly released book entitled Robbie: The Robinson...
January 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SERVICES On Dec. 3, Robert A. Schlotzhauer, the 68-year old former owner of Falcon Helicopter Inc and Lee’s Summit Turbine LLC of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to pay a $500,000 fine, make $63,854 in restitutions, and spend 12 months in home detention for wire fraud and laundering money in a helicopter repair scheme. The charges stem from a 2001...
January 1, 2009
Familiar Territory On Sept. 21, 2008, at about 0538 CDT, the Robinson R44 II was destroyed when it impacted an occupied house and terrain near Kenosha, Wis. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The private pilot and a passenger were fatally injured. The personal flight originated from the Horseshoe Casino Heliport near Whiting, Ind. about...
January 1, 2009
By now you may have noticed that there is an all new photo up on the front pages of this magazine to go along with the monthly note there from the Editor-in-Chief. Our previous editor has neither entered the witness protection program nor taken an extended vacation on some sun-soaked beach that has left him visibly more tanned — Ernie Stephens took the helm of the magazine officially back in the...
January 1, 2009
Stronger Together As part of Cobham Avionics, S-TEC and Chelton Flight Systems have merged to create an Integrated Systems Center of Excellence in Mineral Wells, Texas. The move is part of Cobham’s drive to develop a fully integrated cockpit and improve its customer focus. The capabilities of S-TEC and Chelton are highly complementary, with products from both businesses certified together on more...
January 1, 2009
Simplex Manufacturing is committed to providing premier aviation products to the field of Fire Management, Agricultural Applications, Emergency Medical Response, and now Power Line Maintenance. With over 63 years of expertise, the Simplex team is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer support worldwide. SMC is entering its 64th year of engineering and manufacturing excellence. The company is...
January 1, 2009
Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. In the industry since 1938, Turbomeca is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines. With continued investments to expand global service and production capabilities, standard-setting design and engineering, and our 24/7 after-sales service, Turbomeca is committed to...
January 1, 2009
2008 was a sensational year for Edwards & Associates, Inc. Our customizing house completed more than 100 new aircraft and appreciates the continued support and trust of our customers. This year several of our customizations were dedicated to the support of law enforcement, and fire and rescue missions; two of those customers were the Orange County Fire Authority in Irvine, California, and North...
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