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March 4, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo yesterday, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company's UK search and rescue contract. Bristow Helicopters was awarded the 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow's SAR fleet will feature 11 EASA-certified Sikorsky...
March 2, 2015
For the first time, Greenwich AeroGroup and LiveTV Satellite Communications will be demonstrating the Safe Triage system and video transmission via LiveAero at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Demonstrations of the system will be available at Greenwich AeroGroup’s booth #1546. The Safe Triage system is a touch screen medical device with a built-in knowledge base. It can secure real-time vital sign information and...
February 5, 2015
Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) teams face daily challenges when it comes to safely and efficiently doing their jobs. There are several companies that design, manufacture and sell items such as hoists, harnesses and cargo hooks that help make the jobs a bit easier. Listed here are just a few of those companies and items available today. Aerial Aerial’s Spider is a six-person extraction device...
February 2, 2015
This year, Bristow Helicopters will become the first civilian operator to provide all of the United Kingdom’s (UK) search and rescue (SAR) helicopters after being appointed by the Department of Transport on March 25, 2013. The task will be to provide SAR coverage around 10,500 miles of coastline, onshore and further offshore. The contract, worth $2.4 billion (£1.6 billion), was announced by...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
December 24, 2014
AgustaWestland has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its AW189 search and rescue (SAR) variant, paving the way for delivery of aircraft for the UK's SAR program. The range of kits for SAR missions now EASA certified for the AW189 include the following: a dual rescue hoist with camera system; search radar; high definition FLIR system; searchlight; increased capacity fuel...
December 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service. Enhancements incorporated in the latest variant of the EC135 family include significant power reserves for increased safety margins during flight and while maneuvering, an improved flight envelope, especially in hot- and-high environments, and an...
December 8, 2014
Sikorsky Sea King. Photo courtesy RAF The final Search and Rescue (SAR) conference organized by the Royal Air Force was held during early November at RAF Valley at the far tip of northwest Wales, on the island of Anglesey. In March 2015, the UK will begin the process of handing over responsibility for SAR to the new civil contractor, Bristow Helicopters. Bristow will gradually take responsibility over the...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
August 4, 2014
DRF Luftrettung, an air rescue organization based in Filderstadt, Germany, has received the first completed EC145 T2 from Airbus Helicopters. The new EC145 T2 will be based out of the...
July 24, 2014
The San Antonio Police Department recently put two Airbus Helicopters EC120 helicopters into service, adding to their current...
July 23, 2014
Italy-based Elitaliana has singed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of two HEMS-configured AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker helicopters, with delivery...
July 22, 2014
Kongsberg Defence Systems has agreed to extend and increase the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of components for AgustaWestland airframes including the NH90 helicopter. The protocol, signed by the two companies...
July 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has signed a purchase agreement with Georgia State Patrol for a Bell 429 at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)...
July 16, 2014
The New York Police Department is using Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) for Bell 412 advanced search and rescue hoist rescue training and Bell 429 hoist rescue transition training. The training covers 36 SAR pilots, hoist operators and rescue specialists and divers. Patrick Dennis, senior vice president of training solutions at P1AR, noted that during the selection process, NYPD asked the company “to...
July 15, 2014
Waypoint Leasing has marked its first full year of operations and provided a business update to the market. The company’s fleet ranges from light single engine to heavy twin engine helicopters, and now includes more than 40 aircraft on lease delivered from AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, with...
July 15, 2014
Russian-built Mi-8/17 helicopters received plaudits from experts during a round table on local and regional aviation in the Russian Far North in early July. Igor Koshin, head of the Nenets Autonomous Region, attended the event along with national aviation experts and representatives...
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