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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...
July 12, 2011
PZL-Swidnik has reached an agreement with Inaer of Spain to expand its firefighting fleet of W-3A Sokols...
July 1, 2011
Russian Helicopters has shipped the first of five Ka-32A11BCs to the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergency...
July 1, 2011
I visited my old employer, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, in early June. The visit reminded me of how much I enjoyed my career there and how I got the opportunity to be a part of such a great organization. That brought me to a couple of thoughts for the younger pilots starting out in our business. Starting with those young enough to still be in school, I am certainly a shining example that one...
May 24, 2011
Russian Helicopters has shipped the first of five Ka-32A11BCs to the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergency...
May 1, 2011
Montreal-based Canadian Helicopters Ltd. (CHL) has agreed to purchase Helicopters New Zealand (HNZ), which includes Helicopters Australia, other subsidiaries and Helicopter Nominees Ltd. The deal is valued at NZ$160 million, or around C$120 million (approximately US$126 million). During an April 13 conference call, CHL President & CEO Don Wall told reporters that the company was interested in...
May 1, 2011
Type-II laser pointers, such as this one, can project a 1–4 m/W beam as far as 800 feet. Many communities around the world have passed laws prohibiting them from being pointed at people, land vehicles and aircraft. I suppose it was 1986-ish when I held a laser device in my hand for the first time. It was mounted on an assault weapon a fellow officer in the Special Operations Division had recently...
April 29, 2011
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan have sold an AW139 to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan. The helicopter will carry out firefighting, EMS, search and rescue, and passenger...
March 23, 2011
Regardless of the year or manufacturer, Heli-Expo booths that really seem to turn heads typically involve the unveiling of new helicopter designs or variants. This year, the new kid on the block was the SKYe SH09 single-engine turbine from Marenco Swisshelicopter. The SH09 will feature a carbon fiber airframe from Switzerland’s OCP, avionics from Sagem and Honeywell’s HTS900 engine. According...
March 17, 2011
Eurocopter has obtained an order from Russian operator UTair. The agreement, finalized in early March at Heli-Expo in Orlando, follows a letter of intent that was signed in early 2008. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2013. UTair Chairman and CEO Andrey Martirosov told Rotor & Wing immediately following the signing ceremony that the EC175 “will be worked into our offshore operations and for...
March 1, 2011
The past two presidents of HAI, Roy Resavage and Matt Zuccaro, must be complimented for promoting a balanced approach to public aircraft operators. In the early 90’s some of the folks in HAI were … less than gracious to public aircraft operators. It was during this time of “the troubles” as the Irish would call them, that a meeting attended by public aircraft operators and...
January 13, 2011
A close look at documents from the U.S. National Transportation Board (NTSB) and a company it’s placing much of the blame on for a 2008 helicopter crash reveals a sharp contrast in viewpoints from the government investigators and the operator—Perkasie, Pa.-based Carson Helicopters—as to what led the Sikorsky S-61 to fall from the sky. With all the “he said, she said”...
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