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April 8, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters. Jeff Roberts, CEO and president of Erickson Incorporated, commented, “I am happy these valued government and commercial customers selected us once again and gave us a vote of confidence in our ability to serve their...
March 31, 2015
Following the delivery of three Dauphins this month, two Japanese law enforcement agencies have signed contracts for new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin airframes. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the EC155) to be deployed by the Kagawa Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ variant for the Fukuoka...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. –The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring  Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the U.S. Forest Service on government and contractor  aircraft engaged in aerial wildfire fighting operations in the U.S. over the next four years.  ...
December 8, 2014
Australian states and territories are preparing for this year’s bushfire season with aerial resources in place. Although the Australian summer only starts on Dec. 1, the bushfire season starts as early as late August in some parts of the country’s north east and continues through to April in the south west. Erickson Aircranes have started arriving in the country, with two Aircranes –...
October 14, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for...
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 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 3, 2014
I just returned from attending HeliRussia 2014. This was the sixth year in a row that I have attended. Think of HeliRussia as a one-third scale version of Heli-Expo. Some of the main differences would be a lot more helicopters with counter-rotating main rotor systems and some ugly helicopters. Now when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly like the MBB BO105 that I used to fly, which is maybe not as...
June 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 407GX aircraft to two Chinese customers from their Commercial Aircraft Assembly Center located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Chongqing General Aviation Co. received two Bell 407GX aircraft that will be used in China for parapublic missions...
May 2, 2014
As LA County Fire transitioned into its first two standard model 412s, we suffered from a series of issues with the Sperry automatic flight control system (AFCS). Sperry had been brought out, teeth had been ground, swear words had been used, but the answer to why the aircraft would occasionally get uncommanded tail rotor inputs was only partially understood. We were working through this problem...
April 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters delivered its civilian multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter to the Shanghai Public Security Directorate in China. The helicopter is produced at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise and the contract for this helicopter was concluded in 2012. The Ka-32A11BC, certified in China, is designed for special search and...
March 1, 2014
Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for Era Helicopters in Anchorage, Alaska. My supervisor at Era was Lou Earhart, one of the nicest, most professional people I’ve ever had the blessing to work for or around. I considered Lou to be a consummate professional pilot. Then one day he told me about a mistake he had made. While ferrying a Jet Ranger up to Anchorage from Bell, the helicopter...
February 19, 2014
FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Ascent Aerospace for the Ascent 50001C helitank system for the Bell 212. Forest fire...
February 18, 2014
Source: AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has received an order from the Republic of Korea’s Public Procurement Service and Chungnam Fire Fighting Department, for one AW139. This helicopter will...
February 1, 2014
Istanbul’s Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey has issued a contract to Erickson Air-Crane covering firefighting services over a...
January 6, 2014
Istanbul’s Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey has issued a contract to Erickson Air-Crane covering firefighting services over a period of...
January 3, 2014
MD Helicopters is planning to hand over 14 new aircraft to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during a ceremony on Friday. KRG officials will receive the dozen single-engine MD530Fs and a pair of twin-engine MD902 Explorers at MD's...
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