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August 1, 2010
Bell Helicopter has announced its intent to install BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system as standard equipment on new Bell 412s. This OEM “endorsement,” coupled with the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent certification of its Bell 412 FastFin system, has officials at BLR Aerospace busy. “We are proud to be part of the Bell Helicopter team...
August 1, 2010
On a clear day, eastern South Dakota appears to be a benevolent setting for helicopter flight. The landscape is as flat as a hospital bed, and it appears covered by a giant patchwork quilt, created by the checkerboard design of farm fields. The razor-edge horizon allows a view of blue skies as far as the eye can see. The two HEMS operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. are Avera McKennan Hospital and University...
July 1, 2010
 The size of the problem depends on who’s talking. Several agencies are struggling, said Martin Jackson, president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Some units are shutting down or cutting back drastically on flight operations. Others estimate as many as 40 shutdowns, with four to five in California, alone. Some departments flying older military helicopters are having trouble...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
June 1, 2010
Get Paid Faster with Appareo’s Fleet Management Device The Appareo FMD gives operators a mobile device to automate data collection, speed billing and reduce accounts receivable days. Designed to fit any type of operation, it captures accurate flight information to cut down on paperwork, minimize customer disputes and simplify data collection. The FMD reduces flight crew workloads with tools such as...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Fire-X. Northrop Grumman Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter and Northrop Grumman are teaming to develop Fire-X, a...
June 1, 2010
Image courtesy of Kaman. Kaman Aerospace and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have completed a series of cargo airdrops with an unmanned K-MAX helicopter. The...
June 1, 2010
As part of a recent night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrade on a Bell 407, Aero Dynamix installed a new Garmin 530W helicopter terrain awareness and...
June 1, 2010
TImage at top shows interior view of the Air Methods EMS cabin on Mercy One’s Bell 429, with exterior view below. Air Methods The Products division of Air Methods Corp. has handed over a Bell 429 with an EMS cabin to Des...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
June 1, 2010
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in the Gulf of Mexico is: “A thing of beauty.” Those were the actual words of the controller during the interview at Houston’s ARTCC radar control room. Gerard Quiroz, a front line manager and Kim Pettis, Houston Center, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) ADS-B representative, were in agreement. They gave a frank and...
May 1, 2010
While Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) President David Adler looks on, Sharon Nell, director of the U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs Office of Aviation, officially signs a contract for up to 110 S-61Ts on Feb. 21 at Heli-Expo. Photo by Andrew D. Parker, Managing Editor The U.S. State Department’s decision to replace chartered Russian-made helicopters used to...
May 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven One (HSM-71), under the command of CDR Jeffrey Dodge, celebrated reaching 10,000 mishap free flight hours in the MH-60R Raptor since starting to fly the helicopter in October 2007. HSM-71 is the first operational squadron to fly the MH-60R, the...
May 1, 2010
The U.S. Army has granted a three-year contract worth up to $36.8 million to Lockheed Martin for support of its target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor...
May 1, 2010
Aero Dynamix Receives STC for Bell 429 Night Vision Lighting System Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) has been awarded an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of a Night Vision Lighting system in a Bell 429. The HEMS aircraft, owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation, was outfitted with NVG-compatible lighting to provide safety enhancements for night flight operations...
May 1, 2010
It’s not good when a pilot loses situational awareness in a dust cloud near the ground. Brownout is a major threat to helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that 37 percent of helicopter losses there between 2001 and 2008 involved brownout and obstacle strikes. This article looks at pilot brownout aids and other emerging technologies. Combat unit training...
May 1, 2010
Launched on a telephone tip early one Sunday morning last June, an Eurocopter EC120B of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Yuma Air Branch intercepted an ultralight aircraft about 6,800 feet over Arizona. The target had apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border around the Pinacate Lava Flow and flown north through the Air Force Goldwater bombing range in the CBP Yuma Sector. The helicopter pilot...
April 1, 2010
SRVIVR Cockpit Recorder Available from L-3 L-3 Electrodynamics is introducing the SRVIVR family of Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorders (CVFDR), a state-of-the-art crash survivable recorder designed to meet the new FAA mandate for flight recorders. Offering the smallest and lightest CVFDR on the market today, SRVIVR is available with a variety of air vehicle interfaces providing flexibility for its use on a...
April 1, 2010
Devon & Cornwall Police will operate this EC145 for anti-crime initiatives. The Devon & Cornwall Police in England have taken delivery of...
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