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December 1, 2009
Paravion Technology’s Heliporter Paravion has been producing the Heliporter for more then 20 years and the design allows one person to easily move helicopters safely and efficiently. Many options are available including lifting from the skid tubes or the cross tubes. The hydraulic system allows for smooth and easy operation into tight areas and the design allows for one unit to move many different...
December 1, 2009
AFS Certifies High Performance Filter for AW139 An inlet barrier filter (IBF) system has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for installation on AgustaWestland AW139 and Agusta/Bell AB139 helicopters. The IBF is a product of Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS). These filters help safeguard helicopter engines from dirt, FOD, erosion, and other potentially costly damage and helping...
December 1, 2009
ICDS Centralizes Display Controls Sagem Avionics’ integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) is a multi-role unit that can serve as a multifunction display (MFD), primary flight display (PFD), engine monitoring system (EMS), navigation display (ND), or a combination of those displays, depending on configuration. Available in 10.4, 8.4 and 6.4-inch versions, the ICDS series shows alphanumeric text and...
December 1, 2009
BLR Aerospace Dual Tail Boom Strakes and FastFin This kit, which includes fin and the strakes, is currently certified for the Bell 204, 205, 212, and UH-1 series of helicopters. Certification on the Bell 412 is expected in the second quarter of 2010, and improves tail rotor authority by improving the aerodynamics around the tail boom and tail fin surfaces. The patented FastFin System modifies the tailboom...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | SAR U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Sara FrancisAET2 Tito Sabangan and AST1 Chuck Ferrante scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers during a search and rescue mission. Ferrante assisted the kayakers in the water. A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk teamed with a fishing vessel on a recent mission to rescue two lost kayakers that were discovered near Gore Point, around 40 miles southeast of Homer...
December 1, 2009
Products | Completions The U.S. Army received its first Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk with an interior made by its Polish unit, PZL Mielec. It is the...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/ATTACK The ATAK team of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), AgustaWestland and aircraft electronics provider Aselsan have conducted the first flight of the prototype T129 AgustaWestland and Turkey’s TAI flew the T129 for the first time...
November 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL/OFFSHORE Sikorsky will be making life easier for S-92A pilots by giving them the capability to make hands-free IFR approaches towards offshore oil platforms. Scheduled for FAA/Transport Canada certification by year-end, the flight control computer enhancement will replace the reportedly 14 pilot actions required to initiate approach, with no more than seven—and those carried out either...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are saying that an air medical helicopter that crashed in South Carolina on Sept. 25 did not have safety features recommended by experts. Three people—pilot Patrick Walters, 45, flight nurse...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Medical Center has ordered three EC135s from American Eurocopter. The helicopters, which...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/EMS A MedEvac Foundation International study has found that five percent of urgent care patients experience a life-threatening event or, in rare cases, death while on air medical transport flights. Dr. Jeff Singh and co-author Dr. Russell MacDonald of...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Omniflight Helicopters of Addison, Texas has selected MissionMode Solutions software to help with...
November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve Bonn - Lt. Robert DeBolt - AMT2 O’Brien Hollow - AST2 At 3:00 am on March 23, 2008, a fishing vessel...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS & INSTRUMENTS Helicopter accidents, especially those involving emergency medical services (EMS) flights, have been getting a lot of bad, but well-deserved press recently. The increasing number of helicopter EMS (HEMS) fatalities has also caught the eye of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which early this September issued a revised recommendation letter outlining 19...
November 1, 2009
United Technologies Corp. routinely flies its RIPS-equipped S-92A aircraft in known icing conditions in the U.S. CORPORATE/OPERATORS For the past 36 months, I’ve had an exciting and challenging opportunity to fly the Sikorsky S-92A in the northeastern U.S. at the corporate flight department of United Technologies Corp. As one of the few pilots type rated in the S-92A who routinely flies the aircraft...
October 1, 2009
I hadn’t wanted to write such a serious piece on my second month as editor. But the Washington Post series called "Fatal Flights" that was published at the end of August and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on September 1 left me no choice. If you are at all involved in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), you have probably already reviewed the NTSB...
October 1, 2009
NEWS In its latest response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s flight record, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added a new arrow to its quiver. The agency has ventured into the public insurance reimbursement arena with the idea of using financial pressure to change industry culture. It has recommended tying operator reimbursement to an as-yet undefined...
October 1, 2009
PERSONAL/CORPORATE American Eurocopter has handed over two EC120s in recent weeks — to JRW Aviation and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit in Indiana. Dallas, Texas-based JRW will perform corporate and VIP...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Thales’ helmet-mounted sight display, TopOwl, has completed a series of tests to demonstrate its abilities as advanced mission and piloting equipment in attack and...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil has issued approval for Kent, Wash.-based Geneva Aviation to install electronic news gathering (ENG) equipment in helicopters registered that country. The certification follows similar action by Transport Canada, and...
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