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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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