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July 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP In the wake of the VH-71 presidential helicopter cancellation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been floating ideas for a cost-saving substitute. One idea that Gates raised with the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee on May 19 was what could be called the "two helicopter solution." "One of the things we’re thinking about is that, in fact, all of the...
June 2, 2009
President Barack Obama's administration has notified Congress that Egypt would receive the AH-64D Apache Longbows...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | SAR Mountain climbers requiring rescue in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve will have a new ride this year. This is because the National Park Service (NPS) has changed helicopter providers following expiration of contract. Gone is Evergreen Helicopters, which flew mountain rescues under contract for 10 years using a high altitude Aerospatiale SA-315B Lama. In its place...
May 29, 2009
The Nebraska Army National Guard dedicated its Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Island, Nebraska. The 100,000-square-foot facility cost more...
May 22, 2009
AgustaWestland has announced that Tim Peake, the company’s senior test pilot, was selected by the European Space Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps...
May 20, 2009
India’s Union Home Ministry has approved an expansion program for border security, which includes the purchase of eight new helicopters...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | GOVERNMENT AGENCIES An R22 and a Bell 206 JetRanger collectively airlifting 600 pounds of marijuana across the U.S.-Canada border, have been busted by a joint Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs task force. The helicopters were part of a "dope-for-cocaine" cross-border exchange. First, a Canadian-organized crime...
May 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | COASTGUARD A Sikorsky S-92 made the longest non-stop mercy flight to date for the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Based in Stornoway, Scotland, the S-92 flew 265 miles across the Atlantic Ocean on March 13 on a dispatched call to rescue a 26-year-old fisherman whose hand had been crushed while at sea. "The fishing boat’s location was almost 290 nautical miles west...
April 30, 2009
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Forward was scheduled to return home to Portsmouth, Va. yesterday, following a 56-day patrol of the Caribbean Sea. While...
April 29, 2009
According to a Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) report, police in the northeastern portion of that region are using unmanned miniature helicopters to track down marijuana farms...
April 10, 2009
It can never be proved that a helicopter ride to the hospital could have saved actress Natasha Richardson's life. But, it did bring to light that very few...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL With its rotorcraft dominating a large piece of show floor in Anaheim, Sikorsky was out in full force at Heli-Expo 2009. At the same time, the company used the show as a backdrop for a number of announcements. Key among these was the rebranding of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH). The new company also includes...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | GOVENMENT AGENCIES On February 15, 2009, a helicopter crew of two had retrieved 12 firefighters who were battling a...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
February 12, 2009
Members of the Teamsters union who work for helicopter giant Sikorsky will gather on Sunday, Feb. 15 to vote on a new labor contract...
February 5, 2009
For the first time, the four Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station San Francisco that patrol San Francisco’s shoreline will be replaced with choppers that can be...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC Minn. Governor Tim Pawlenty and Wis. Governor Jim Doyle are discussing a variety of ways, including the possibility of barter, to cut costs through the sharing of different state-supplied services...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC Even the most experienced climbers are rarely a match for high-mountain storms. In June 2008, a freak blizzard dumped two feet of snow on Mount Rainier in Washington, stranding three hikers at an elevation of 10,000 feet. The U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a Chinook from 244th Aviation Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash., to rescue the climbers. Weather, elevation and rapidly...
January 20, 2009
Today, Eurocopter released its sales figures for 2008, which showed it fully met its objectives for the year. The...
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