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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...
January 2, 2013
The Philippine Navy will receive three AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters following the signing of a Dec. 20 contract between the Philippine Armed Forces and AgustaWestland at the Department of National Defense (DND). The acquisition is valued at around $33.6 million and includes logistical support. According to a statement from the DND, in November 2012 the Naval Helicopter Acquisition Project (NHAP)...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
October 3, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over the first of two EC145s to the Bolivian Air Force. The Air Force will use...
September 1, 2012
MD Helicopters has received an order from the St. Louis County Police Department’s Metro Air Support Unit for a 500E. The order represents the...
September 1, 2012
The Ka-62, a civil derivative of the military Ka-60, features new elements such as Turbomeca engines, a Transas avionics suite and a crashworthy fuel tank Russian Helicopters is planning on flying the Kamov Ka-62 medium twin in August 2013. The new helicopter, which bears some resemblance with the Eurocopter Dauphin, will be in the 12 to 15-passenger category. The manufacturer is targeting a very...
August 31, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters from Ft. Campbell, Ky. and...
August 29, 2012
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is stretching out with an expansion of its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. that opened in July. The maintenance and repair complex now encompasses more than 80,000 square feet and will incorporate PAG’s wheel, brake and nondestructive (NDT) shop, which currently fills 3,500 square feet. The company’s previous expansion in 2010 raised its square footage more than 50...
August 28, 2012
Triumph Instruments-Ft. Lauderdale, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, has signed with Spectrolab as an authorized service center for the Nightsun...
August 28, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a guide entitled Decision Making for Single-Pilot Helicopter Operations. The free...
August 22, 2012
Part 2: Post-Disaster Recovery The Navy In addition to an extensive assortment of fabricated floatels distributed throughout the Prince William Sound, many fitted with helicopter decks, and various “cruise vessel” facilities pulling contingency duty as housing for workers offshore, it was arranged for the U.S. Navy to provide for significant levels of support. Somewhat amazingly, 500-foot troop...
August 15, 2012
Aside from the many more commonly publicized extremes of scale noted in conjunction with Alaska’s Exxon Valdez oil spill, aviation activities in the disaster’s aftermath were undertaken in a quantity, and at an undeniably high quality, previously unknown to industrial emergency operations involving large scale logistics support. Exxon, finding itself suddenly thrust into the epicenter of a...
August 1, 2012
The FDMA’s newest fleet addition is an AgustaWestland AW139. AgustaWestland The Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City in Japan have each ordered a...
August 1, 2012
An Erickson Air-Crane dumps water over a 2009 bushfire in Victoria, Australia. Early next year, Australia’s National Aerial Firefighting Center (NAFC) will decide on the aerial firefighting fleet that will do battle against the country’s annual bushfire threat over the next few years. With the NAFC’s existing tenders reaching the end of their three years plus two years extension life at...
August 1, 2012
This Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma is part of the Tokyo Fire Department’s fleet expansion. The unit bought its first Super Puma in December...
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