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June 18, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 to Northwest MedStar. This is the third delivery by Metro Aviation in the past year, making a total of seven rotorcraft in the Spokane, Wash...
June 17, 2014
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS), an executive helicopter operator based in Baltimore, Md., recently upgraded its fleet by adding a new Bell 407 to its...
June 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will display its mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup at Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, including one of its newest military helicopters, the twin-engine EC645 T2. Also shown at Eurosatory 2014 will be Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine high-performance AS550 C3e Fennec, tailored...
June 13, 2014
Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin configured for emergency medical service (EMS) missions. The GrandNew will be based at the Hakodate Airport and will serve Hakodate...
June 12, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to the aviation section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford...
June 10, 2014
While contemplating how to encompass several thoughts about recent events into one article, an old English wedding custom came to mind involving old, new, borrow and blue (I got married in December 2013 so some matrimonial themes have still not been swept from my consciousness). Something Old: Continuity with the past. This month I visited Sikorsky in Stratford, Conn. and had the privilege of being showed...
June 9, 2014
UTair Group has restructured the insurance program for its helicopter fleet, covering and expanding the number and types of insurance risks. The new policy provides hull coverage on helicopters of the Mil family, including Russian-built Mi-8AMT/MTV, Mi-171 and Mi-26 helicopters and the Kamov...
June 6, 2014
Bell Helicopters has boosted its presence in the Chinese helicopter market following the recent signing of a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a new Bell 407GX. As the company’s first helicopter, it will be used for sightseeing, VIP transport and agriculture support. The latest sale in China follows a number announced by Bell this year, including two 407GXs to...
June 6, 2014
The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.   Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked...
June 5, 2014
New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is reviewing safety awareness training involving Robinson helicopters in the country over the next 12 to 15 months after a recently-released final report into a fatal accident involving a R22 in April 2011 raised safety concerns. On April 27, 2011, an instructor and a student died when an R22 crashed during a cross-country training flight in the Southern Alps...
June 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered a new EC155 to ShandsCair Flight Program, the air medical transport service of UF Health. The helicopter is customized for transporting critically ill patients and will be operated by Med-Trans Corp. The new helicopter was recently delivered from Metro Aviation in Shreveport, which designed and...
June 5, 2014
Robinson Helicopter Company has received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place...
June 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Prague, Czech Republic facility has delivered two commercially registered Bell 429 aircraft to Turkey. The aircraft were delivered to Saran Aviation and were customized in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) configuration. The modification also included...
June 4, 2014
Cochise County, located in the southeast corner of Arizona, has taken delivery of its first-ever law enforcement helicopter. The aircraft, a Bell 206L4, is part of a one-year lease program between Airwest Helicopters of Glendale, Ariz., the Cochise County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and the Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD). The $1.5-million program is being funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, a...
June 3, 2014
Staverton-based Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to install the next generation of missions system equipment into the National Police Air Service (NPAS) fleet. The work, valued at between $8 million and $16 million, will see...
June 3, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has updated its EC145 T2 in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. Airbus Helicopters has also developed an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions for this 4-metricton-category...
June 3, 2014
The Canadian Press, a news organization based in Toronto, is reporting that government documents recently obtained under the Canadian equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S., show that the FAA and EASA made "strenuous objections" over Transport Canada's (TC) handling of a special weight exemption for the Bell 429. The exemption, which was granted in 2012, allows the aircraft to...
June 2, 2014
Kaman’s SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will replace New Zealand’s current fleet of Seasprites. Photo courtesy of Kaman Aerospace Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super...
June 2, 2014
Sikorsky test pilot John Rucci with the CH-53K ground test vehicle, or GTV Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed...
May 30, 2014
Keith Cianfrani Imagine hovering for a local news station over a large city at night, filming a story when your engine fails and you are forced to make an autorotation to a suitable area that you can’t actually see and hopefully no trees, poles wires or cars will be in your flight path. This is a situation you do not want to be in. However, you have power to the rotor system with full operating rotor...
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