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November 1, 2008
Carson Helicopters’ firefighting contract with the U.S. Forest Service has been temporarily suspended by the USFS due to an aircraft weight issue. The contract requires the company to declare the weight of each helicopter to help project payload capabilities. But during an investigation into the fatal crash of a CH helicopter on Aug. 5, one of CH’s other 12,000-lb S-61s was found to be 400 lb...
November 1, 2008
The winners of the Military and Public Service 2007 Above And Beyond The Call Awards performed their duties bravely, professionally, safely and with honor. This year, as in past years, the Helicopter Heroism Award judges had a tough time picking the overall winner, and the winners of the military and public service categories from the 20-plus reports submitted to R&W from all around the world. Hours...
November 1, 2008
This year’s Search & Rescue Summit drew hundreds from around the world, including our Helicopter Heroism Award winners, each of whom were nominated by their associates, then selected by our panel of judges and you, the readers. We are proud to introduce the judges of Rotor & Wing’s 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. Chris Baur has more than 11,000 hr, is a dual-rated certified flight...
November 1, 2008
We’re All In It Together For those of you who are not from the United States, please read this article and know that when I write about the brotherhood of dedicated helicopter crews that perform rescue operations I mean all of the folks in the world that have dedicated their lives to this calling. I guess as we get older our ability to tolerate nonsense becomes more and more fragile. I have listened...
October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
October 10, 2008
The RAF Benson has hit a £250,000 ($424,000) hole for an EC135 that has already been ordered. A police...
October 8, 2008
The H-92 Superhawk demonstrated its mission capabilities in nine countries throughout Europe during the past...
October 2, 2008
The Georgia Army National Guard retired its last UH-1 Huey. In a ceremony yesterday at the Winder Regional Airport, the Huey was flown from Winder to...
October 2, 2008
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that on October 2 at approximately 10:30 a.m., a Missouri National Guard helicopter flying a marijuana eradication mission with a state trooper on board was shot at by a 69-year...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. Coast Guard officials are seeking to understand why an HH-65C crashed during a training flight off the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Sept. 4, killing all four crewmembers. The aircraft, upgraded in the last year or so to the "Charlie" configuration with new...
October 1, 2008
There seems to be a sudden rise in EMS accidents. Sharing lessons learned may help prevent future crashes. I’ve enjoyed producing occasional articles and stories for Rotor & Wing, our industry’s most respected helicopter-oriented periodical, during an extended span of years now. Usually, I’ve described adventures by the U.S. Coast Guard and flying in the Caribbean or Alaska. But...
October 1, 2008
The school that teaches U.S. Army aviators to operate safely on high-altitude missions, like those on the battlefields of Afghanistan, shares key principals of that training. Mid-October in the Rocky Mountains is no place for an outing by yourself, especially if you are unprepared. Typically during this time, pilots at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) would spend their...
September 25, 2008
DART Helicopter Services' affiliated partner, Apical Industries, received the approval for their emergency float and emergency float with life rafts systems for...
September 10, 2008
State police officials spent Sept. 9 trying to reassure critics in the state legislature that Maryland's air ambulance system is in capable hands, according to The Baltimore Sun. A...
September 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE The U.S. Homeland Security Dept is calling for more Eurocopter AS350s for its Customs and Border Protection service. The vendor, American Eurocopter, expects the indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery contract to cover up to 50 more AS350B3s during its base year and four one-year options. The contract has a value of up to $150 million. Customs and Border Protection today operates 48...
September 1, 2008
SERVICES Civilian, military and public service leaders will discuss and debate the challenges and benefits of helicopter use in emergency operations at Rotor & Wing’s Search and Rescue Summit 2008, Slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., the event will feature panel discussions on the organization and integration of and training...
August 21, 2008
In two separate rescues, the Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Calif. flew four patients to the hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Using one of their three MH-60 Jayhawks, Lt. Denning flew his crew more than 100 mi for...
August 18, 2008
The Native American Havasupai reservation, located near the Grand Canyon in Colorado, was flooded due to a dam break yesterday. Helicopters by...
August 11, 2008
Four men were in trouble off the coast of Cannon Beach, Ore. this past weekend. The Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, “Received a call from the vessel over VHF radio about 6:10 a.m. PST, reporting mayday they were taking on water and putting on life jackets preparing to go in the water,” Group Deputy Officer Mark Dobney told R&W, “The men then used the [emergency...
August 6, 2008
Two pilots and two on-board technical staff are still missing, three days after taking off from the Hyderabad Airport in India. A...
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