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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...
May 8, 2013
  China’s State Grid General Aviation (SGGA) has been assisting with relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken city of Ya’an in the Sichuan...
March 26, 2013
MD Helicopters has received new orders for its MD500E from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and Alaskan fleet operator Bering Air...
March 26, 2013
UK Department of Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that Bristow Helicopters is the final winner of the long awaited, and fought for, UK Search & Rescue helicopter contract worth £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion). It will run from April 2015 until 2026, with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea Kings being retired from service and all military crews standing down after 70 years...
March 25, 2013
On March 21, 2013, the crew of a Royal Air Force (RAF) Sikorsky S-61 Sea King rescued a French trawler crewman with serious head injuries on the ninth attempt when a violent storm in the Irish Sea made a boat-to-boat transfer impossible. Although a Royal Navy hydrographic ship, HMS Echo, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution boat Angel responded to the trawler captain’s call for help, the...
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo in early March. TSI’s D Smith noted that “for the first time ever, we’re going to present an award to...
March 11, 2013
China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) has placed an order with Sikorsky for the supply of four S-76Ds in the search and rescue (SAR) configuration. The contract...
February 22, 2013
Russian Helicopters has launched its Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI) Thursday, a program aimed at developing more innovative technologies for firefighting helicopters...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
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