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September 27, 2016
Torrential rain has been flooding the streets of eastern India for nearly a week, leaving forced evacuations and rescue operations in its path. On Sunday, the Indian Air Force using two Chetak helicopters rescued stranded...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 9, 2016
Helicopter rescue teams rescued dozens of the 110 tourists stranded mid-air in cable cars over the French Alps, according to news reports. The rescue included a Eurocopter EC145 operated by the French...
September 1, 2016
Sep. 1 is the anniversary of the earthquake that struck Tokyo in 1923. Photo courtesy of The Osaka Mainichi Japan held a major drill today to test national, prefecture and local government agencies' responses to a massive earthquake off its central and eastern coasts.   Rotorcraft...
August 23, 2016
At least two groups are accepting donations to help emergency responders afflicted by this month’s severe flooding in Louisiana. More than 20 parishes (or counties) surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette in the southeastern part of the state were flooded after an intense rainstorm stalled over the area Aug. 11. Rains fell at 2 to 3 in an hour throughout the region, and 10 rivers flooded, including...
August 9, 2016
Era Group is partnering with a leading industrial-safety firm to offer unmanned aircraft for construction, engineering, inspection and survey work as well as emergency response and disaster recovery.  The Houston, Texas-based major helicopter operator has formed an Unmanned Aerial Solutions service and struck a deal to be the exclusive provider of drone services to Total Safety, the industrial...
August 5, 2016
The early bird deadline for discounted registration to R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit is today. Interested attendees can register by today to receive a discount of $200 from their registration fees for the event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20. You can register on the summit's website at...
August 4, 2016
The Italian Coast Guard has ordered two Leonardo AW139s, increasing the service's fleet to 12 AW139s. The helicopters will be used in missions such as maritime patrol, search and rescue, and emergency medical services.  Since the guard's 2010 contract to...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
June 23, 2016
Emergency-response leaders in the U.S. and Canada are reviewing lessons from one of the world's largest earthquake simulations, including ones on the role of helicopters in recovery from a massive disaster. Commercial, public service and military helicopters joined in parallel, coordinated exercises conducted earlier this month by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Canadian province of...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 3, 2016
Airbus Helicopters Foundation has partnered with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief to provide helicopter airlift support in...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 19, 2016
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying 66 passengers from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, crashed while traveling from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane had crashed, but it's too early to determine a cause. He said terrorism is not being...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 26, 2016
The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union recalls the deaths and illnesses of thousands exposed to radiation, the devastation of the area around that nuclear plan — and the bravery of hundreds of helicopter pilots who worked to contain the disaster.    A series of problems during tests at the Ukraine plant on April 26, 1986, led to a rupture, steam explosions and a...
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