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December 1, 2004
January January is our second-annual, Annual Reports issue, featuring detailed company profiles. In this issue, we provide a writer and the space for our advertisers to communicate to our readers about what is new or interesting within their company. James Careless has been surveying these companies extensively over the past weeks to prepare this unique special report, which will be bound into the center...
December 1, 2004
VXX Award Targeted for Dec. 17 December 17 stands to be a key date for the teams competing to provide the next helicopter transport for the U.S. President. U.S. Navy officials appear to be sticking to their plans to announce the winner of the VXX competition for that aircraft on the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight. There were some similarities in the paths Sikorsky and...
November 1, 2004
It's time. By your best estimates, your community is ready to get into the air. It is time to start a public safety helicopter unit! Getting your agency off the ground will not be a walk in the park, but those who have done it have a lot of good advice. According to most, step #1 is to call home and let them know that you will be a year or two late for dinner. Unless you are the one who sits at the top of...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
October 1, 2004
Today's array of natural and terrorist disasters makes it imperative for states and municipalities to plan for and exercise mass casualty incident management. Planning must be specific enough to ensure that healthcare, first-responder, helicopter and fixed-wing agencies are identified and tasked or invited in a formal planning document according to capacity, availability, and capability. The planning...
August 1, 2004
The Time is Now Each month seems to bring us new examples of how helicopters can help people in need. We have tales of stranded climbers plucked from mountains, occupants pulled from cars in rain-swollen rivers, crews saved from swamped boats and severely injured patients rushed to life-saving care. Such stories should make anyone associated with helicopters proud. Most distressing, however, are cases in...
July 1, 2004
Law enforcement agencies at local and federal levels are debating when and how to employ weapons from above to foil a terrorist attack. The answers are far from simple. By James T. McKenna Each week it seems that police departments in the United States are confronted with the prospect of new terrorist threats, with growing requirements to defend their jurisdictions from those threats. Consider the last...
April 1, 2004
FlightSafety International is beginning to install the second generation of flight-visualization debriefing software in its fleet of more than 200 simulators worldwide. The training services company bought the debriefing program FlightViz from Boulder, Colorado-based SimAuthor in late 2001 for use with its simulators. The program, a display of which is shown here for the AH-64D Apache, presents data from a...
March 1, 2004
Speakers and attendees at EMERGENCY RESPONSE 2003 agreed that leaders of helicopter and other first-response units must unite in planning against disasters large and small–or face losing the fights against them. Greater collaboration and MORE integration. Those are two critical requirements if emergency response agencies in U.S. communities are to meet and overcome the challenges posed by major...
March 1, 2004
Mideast nations are proving to be growing markets for civil , public-service, and paramilitary helicopter applications. The helicopter has Long served primarily as a military aircraft in the Middle East. It is now branching out into more civil and paramilitary uses, ranging from executive transport to search and rescue. The growing commercial traffic in the Gulf States, combined with business opportunities...
March 1, 2004
    The European Commission wants Italy to stop awarding helicopter contracts without competition to Agusta. The administrative arm of the 15-nation European Union said on February 4 that it will send a “reasoned opinion” to Italy asking that nation to end the practice. Such opinions are the second step in procedures laid out by the European Community Treaty for enforcing “open...
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