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February 8, 2012
Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin (Booth 29) has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its G500H installation on the R44 from Robinson Helicopter (Booths 7/8 and...
February 7, 2012
Among the more than 300 volunteers for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) are (left to right) FAA’s Larry Buehler, Terry Palmer, manager of rotorcraft safety programs for FlightSafety International, BJ Raysor, director of aviation ops for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Fred Brisbois, director of aviation and product safety for Sikorsky, and FAA’s Sue Gardner, program director...
February 6, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro is weighing in on recent developments to pass FAA reauthorization in Congress. In a statement released Feb. 1, Zuccaro notes that after five years and 23 funding...
February 1, 2012
Cobham Beacon Solutions today announced they have received 24 Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Artex Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) product line. The FAA has allowed transition of the previous approval from Cobham Avionics in Prescott, AZ...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings in late January involving two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) crashes involving pilots who flew into localized storms. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near Georgetown, S.C., involved a Carolina Life Care Eurocopter AS350B2 operated by Omniflight Helicopters. Three people died in the crash, the pilot, a flight...
February 1, 2012
Bristow Group’s Eurocopter EC225s fly over water on a regular basis, making ditching a necessary part of pilot and crew training. Bristow Most ditching events and water impacts would be survived if on the ground. Civil aviation authorities, helicopter makers and equipment manufacturers are struggling to improve the survivability of these accidents, as the number of fatalities due to drowning of...
February 1, 2012
I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) seminar in September last year in Mahwah, N.J. and enjoyed spending time with the council’s President, Jeff Smith, and HAI’s Safety Director Stan Rose. The first several sessions were focused around employment in the rotary wing industry. Attending were young pilots looking to get that “perfect” flying job...
January 30, 2012
Component Control announced today that it has been approved as the exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association...
January 18, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) have combined forces to present a two-day seminar, "SOCAL Professional Helicopter...
January 13, 2012
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its emergency medical system kit for the...
January 12, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives operators additional range...
January 1, 2012
One of the companies that I consult with afforded me the opportunity to attend the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Public Aircraft Forum held in Washington D.C., on November 30th and December 1st. The conference was well attended, with representatives of all the three letter organizations such as FAA, HAI, GSA, etc., as well as representation from commercial operators who contract to...
November 11, 2011
Switzerland-based Aerolite has obtained FAA approval for its EMS-configured interior on the AgustaWestland AW139. The EMS interior is...
October 18, 2011
FAA has published the first helicopter area navigation routes (RNAV) for public use in aeronautical charts. RNAVs, also known as TK routes, were previously available for fixed-wing aircraft only. The new satellite-based routes are from Washington, D.C., to New York City. The FAA Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Integration Group worked to establish the RNAV...
October 11, 2011
Bell Helicopter has received FAA approval for the 407GX, which was announced during Heli-Expo in March 2011...
October 1, 2011
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety recommendation for Robinson R44s...
October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States has grown nearly 300 percent to approximately 840. Coupled with the industry’s rapid growth, the HEMS accident rate...
October 1, 2011
There is a perceived increase in EMS accidents over the last 10 years. One reason cited for EMS having a higher accident rate than other forms of flying is that pilots are under some sort of pressure to fly. The main pressure to fly is pressure the pilot puts on himself. There are pilots who pretend to be seagulls. They require someone to throw rocks at them to get airborne but, thankfully, they are few...
July 1, 2011
aparker@accessintel.com Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro raised some interesting points that are worth repeating in his “President’s Message” sent out to association members on June 1 titled, “Are We Aiming at the Correct Target?” While praising FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the International Helicopter Safety Team...
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