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December 19, 2011
The Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia has taken delivery of Bell Helicopter’s first multi-mission...
December 5, 2011
In preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Helicopters recently assisted EMERCOM with training in response to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. The Kamov...
December 1, 2011
Overall, 2011 could be described as a year that included some dramatic ups and downs for helicopters involved in combat. In the commercial market, while nobody can predict the direction of the economy, the continued development of new variants and sales inching forward is fueling a guarded optimism that 2012 could bring a return to more plentiful times. It’s been an eventful year, with the U.S...
December 1, 2011
The Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy will receive a firefighting and EMS-ready AgustaWestland AW139 by the end of the year...
December 1, 2011
This is a landmark year for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in that it is celebrating 70 years of conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations over land and sea around the UK (1941–2011). Disappointingly, it is also facing up to the potential end of its involvement in this activity. Although the Soteria Consortium (comprised of CHC Helicopter, Thales UK and the Royal Bank of Scotland) had been selected at...
December 1, 2011
Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray (left) and Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries prepare to present a plaque to the U.S. Army. Turbomeca presented the ceremonial 10,000th Arriel to the U.S. Army Oct. 27 during an event in front of hundreds of employees in Grand Prairie, Texas. On hand to accept the engine—which will go into one of the Army’s EADS North America UH-72A...
December 1, 2011
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories in the helicopter industry that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of more than 300 items published from January to November 2011. These news stories, features and product announcements ran in the pages of the print magazine—this doesn’t include our daily Top Stories at rotorandwing.com, web-only features...
November 2, 2011
Italy’s Trento Fire Fighting Department Aviation Unit received the first of two AW139s, to be used to for emergency medical services, search and rescue and disaster relief...
October 27, 2011
Russian Helicopters has sold the firefighting variant of its Kamov Ka-32A11BC to Ordos City in China. The helicopter, which features a...
October 27, 2011
Has the time arrived for greater consolidation among emergency services—the “blue light” operators? At the recent Helitech Conference at Duxford Imperial War Museum in the UK, that was precisely the question being asked by Richard Folkes, OBE, Head of UK Government and Corporate Affairs at AgustaWestland. His premise was that, in the “age of austerity,” the UK government (and...
October 1, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace have received an order for three AW139s from the Japan National Police Agency. Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Nagaono Police and Hokkaido Police will use the three helicopters in multiple roles, with entry into service projected for spring 2013. The helicopters...
October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States has grown nearly 300 percent to approximately 840. Coupled with the industry’s rapid growth, the HEMS accident rate...
September 14, 2011
Bristow Academy has launched a new training course focusing on wildfire operations and suppression. Wildfire instructors...
September 1, 2011
In my last article (“Tips for Younger Pilots,” July 2011 Rotor & Wing), I expressed some thoughts for folks contemplating a career as a helicopter pilot. I’ve received a lot of good feedback on this article and would like to expand a bit and focus on things to think about from a career standpoint. First of all, I would like to say that I’ve never worked for a bad helicopter...
August 25, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan have signed with the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan for an AW139 medium twin. The helicopter will...
August 1, 2011
Simplex Manufacturing has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its fire attack system on the AgustaWestland AW139. The...
August 1, 2011
The crew of San Diego Fire Department’s Bell 212 demonstrates a water drop over a remote part of the city. The aircraft’s orange snorkel can be seen dangling near the skid. When necessary, water can also be mixed with a special gel that allows it to adhere to potential fuel sources the fire might feed upon. Photo by Ernie Stephens Fire. Never mind that we cook with it, warm ourselves with it...
August 1, 2011
With the fire season at its peak in parts of Europe and North America, state and fire authorities around Australia are making plans for the 2011/12 bushfire season which will kick off in parts of the country as early as late August. With the exception of Western Australia (WA), which had one of the most devastating bushfire seasons on record, Australia had a relatively quiet fire season in 2010/11. Large...
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