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August 6, 2014
Simplex Portland, Ore., United States With its advanced engineering capabilities and many years of experience, Simplex offers a one-stop solution for nearly every helicopter mission. Aerial firefighting is one of those strengths. Simplex has close relationships with fire departments and forest services across the globe. Because of this, their systems are getting bigger and better while reducing weight and...
August 1, 2014
A pair of CBP UH-60 Black Hawk pilots prepare to conduct morning patrols over Washington, DC. Photo courtesy CBP Aug. 9, 2013: Jeff Birks remembers vividly the day he received the urgent phone call for air support from the Salt Lake City FBI SWAT Team. Horseback riders in the mountains near Cascade, Idaho had sited James Lee DiMaggio, who had kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson from her Southern California...
August 1, 2014
A Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-64E working the Lodgepole wildland fire in Idaho in July 2013 releases a load of retardant. The material will help keep the trees from becoming fuel for the approaching flames. Photos by Kari Greer They come in many shapes and various sizes. They fly to places with odd names, like Soldotna, Coconino and Funny River. Then they linger amid flames and smoke that darken the skies...
July 7, 2014
Following the delivery of two Ka-32A11BCs to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company, based in Qingdao, China, Russian Helicopters has signed an additional contract with China’s Lectern Aviation Supplies for a Mi-26TS heavy transport...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
June 19, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e AStar to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter was built in the...
June 2, 2014
AHS International has given its Capt. William J. Kossler USCG Award to the Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operators. The award was presented during the AHS International 70th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The awardee selection had been previously announced. The pilots and crews were recognized for their efforts delivering lifesaving supplies and...
April 29, 2014
One of six Sea Kings in transit through Nowra. Photo courtesy Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings have been removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK, where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL). The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the MRH-90...
April 16, 2014
The Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture, according to AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The AW139 will replace the current Bell142 model, and is expected to enter service in 2015. The helicopter...
December 9, 2013
Predictions of the worst storm surge along Britain’s eastern seaboard since 1957 came true late last week, the UK’s Environment Agency has confirmed. More than 50 severe flood warnings were...
December 1, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) slammed into the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8 and brought havoc to the lives of millions of people as its 200-mph-plus winds and associated tidal surge blasted away buildings, villages, towns and people. It was already expected to be the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines – and it lived up to expectations as one of the worst storms to hit land ever...
November 15, 2013
The U.S. Marines are sending four additional Bell-Boeing MV-22B Ospreys to support disaster relief efforts in the Philippines following the Haiyan/Yolanda typhoon that recently struck the region. Photo: Lance Cpl. Diamond Peden. According to a statement by the Philippine government's national disaster risk reduction and management...
November 12, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the first of four EC145s to the National Police of Peru, as the country's Interior Ministry looks to modernize its public security aircraft fleet...
October 18, 2013
The Eurocopter Foundation is teaming up with NGO World Vision Mexico to provide humanitarian aid to victims of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel. Operations began at...
August 21, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over five EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation and on AS365 N3 to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA). The EC135s, which entered service in August...
July 1, 2013
Nepal’s Shree Airlines is set to acquire eight helicopters from Eurocopter to address a variety of missions, including search and rescue (SAR), disaster relief, heli tourism and other aerial missions. The company, which has been established eight years, claims to be the first to operate a private fleet of five Russian-built Mi-17s. It now believes that the lighter Ecureuil...
June 27, 2013
In recent weeks, Columbia Helicopters has sent a number of helicopters to support firefighting efforts in the western U.S. Two Boeing Vertol 107-IIs (now...
June 6, 2013
Brighton, UK—Peter Dymond, acting chief of HM Coastguard in the UK, fleshed out details of the Future Coastguard Program that entails the reduction of the 18 maritime Rescue Coordination Centers plus a small base in London, down to a hub and spoke system of eight Coastguard Operations Centers controlled from the National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC). Dymond explained the depth of the...
June 5, 2013
Brighton, UK—The UK’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC), currently manned by members of the Royal Air Force and based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland, could be relocated to the new National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Fareham, near Portsmouth, around 2017 when the military ceases to contribute helicopters to the UK’s search and rescue capability. Vice Admiral Alan Massey...
May 28, 2013
Three different helicopter types (a total of four aircraft) are headed for Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) under a new contract signed with Eurocopter Japan. The two medium-class helicopters are going to the Hyogo Prefectural Police (EC155 B1) and the Hiroshima Prefectural Police (AS365 N3+), while the pair of light twin EC135...
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