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March 1, 2012
Enstrom has started delivering 30 TH-480B, single-engine, turbine helicopters to the JGSDF. The aircraft will be used primarily for helicopter training. Enstrom Heli-Expo 2012 served as the backdrop for showing off one of 30 Enstrom...
March 1, 2012
Maritime Coastguard Agency AW139 that is currently operated by CHC from Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent in the south of England. The Department for Transport (DfT) is contemplating that the future of the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service in the United Kingdom could be given to a single operator or pair of operators rather than to a consortium of companies as happened in the last SAR-H...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 11, 2012
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth 9258) has handed over a pair of MD500s with upgraded night vision goggle (NVG)-certified cockpits to the U.S. government. The company...
February 10, 2012
UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Formed in 2010, Step Change in Safety aims to improve the safety...
February 7, 2012
Among the more than 300 volunteers for the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) are (left to right) FAA’s Larry Buehler, Terry Palmer, manager of rotorcraft safety programs for FlightSafety International, BJ Raysor, director of aviation ops for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Fred Brisbois, director of aviation and product safety for Sikorsky, and FAA’s Sue Gardner, program director...
February 6, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro is weighing in on recent developments to pass FAA reauthorization in Congress. In a statement released Feb. 1, Zuccaro notes that after five years and 23 funding...
February 2, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a U.S. Army contract to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system, as part of the EADS North America UH-72A Lakota Mission...
February 1, 2012
Australian Aerospace has received Part 147 certificate approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Australian Aerospace becomes the first civil helicopter maintenance training operator in the...
February 1, 2012
This Sikorsky S-92 replaces an S-61. Sikorsky Sikorsky has finished production on an S-92 for CHC Helicopter. CHC will operate the search and...
February 1, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives...
February 1, 2012
The EADS board of directors has elected Sean O’Keefe as chair- man of the board. The EADS North America CEO will replace the retiring Ralph Crosby. O’Keefe served as vice president of the technology infrastructure sector of General Electric before being appointed CEO of EADS in 2009. Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has hired Michael Gallagher as vice president and project manager. He will...
February 1, 2012
Bristow Group’s Eurocopter EC225s fly over water on a regular basis, making ditching a necessary part of pilot and crew training. Bristow Most ditching events and water impacts would be survived if on the ground. Civil aviation authorities, helicopter makers and equipment manufacturers are struggling to improve the survivability of these accidents, as the number of fatalities due to drowning of...
February 1, 2012
I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) seminar in September last year in Mahwah, N.J. and enjoyed spending time with the council’s President, Jeff Smith, and HAI’s Safety Director Stan Rose. The first several sessions were focused around employment in the rotary wing industry. Attending were young pilots looking to get that “perfect” flying job...
January 25, 2012
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has reached an agreement with Danish Aerotech that opens discussions to launch a maritime helicopter logistics support facility in...
January 18, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) have combined forces to present a two-day seminar, "SOCAL Professional Helicopter...
January 12, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives operators additional range...
January 10, 2012
Small attack helicopters known as "killer eggs" because of their size and shape are to be deployed in London during the Olympics, the Standard can reveal today. SAS and SBS commanders are...
January 6, 2012
U.S. aerospace giant Sikorsky still has yet to pay the $8 million in penalties the Conservative government levied against it for failing to deliver on the Canadian...
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