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August 23, 2016
At least two groups are accepting donations to help emergency responders afflicted by this month’s severe flooding in Louisiana. More than 20 parishes (or counties) surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette in the southeastern part of the state were flooded after an intense rainstorm stalled over the area Aug. 11. Rains fell at 2 to 3 in an hour throughout the region, and 10 rivers flooded, including...
August 22, 2016
Air medical helicopters are flying over and landing at the future site of a permanent memorial to...
August 19, 2016
Newer aircraft like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve single-engine IFR certification. Photo courtesy of Marenco The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate is prioritizing a review of certification policy for light helicopters to "facilitate a more rapid incorporation of advances in technology" in those aircraft, a top official has...
August 10, 2016
The second aircraft, at the YAA’s other airbase at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, is expected to be in action...
August 9, 2016
Era Group is partnering with a leading industrial-safety firm to offer unmanned aircraft for construction, engineering, inspection and survey work as well as emergency response and disaster recovery.  The Houston, Texas-based major helicopter operator has formed an Unmanned Aerial Solutions service and struck a deal to be the exclusive provider of drone services to Total Safety, the industrial...
August 5, 2016
The early bird deadline for discounted registration to R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit is today. Interested attendees can register by today to receive a discount of $200 from their registration fees for the event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20. You can register on the summit's website at...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
July 1, 2016
A U.K. hospital now has a new helipad thanks to nearly $4 million in donations.  Sheffield's Northern General Hospital now has a fully operational helipad that can accept...
June 30, 2016
Wales Air Ambulance will soon begin services with a fourth helicopter, making the charity the largest air ambulance operator in the U.K. To...
June 20, 2016
Wales Air Ambulance has moved into its new headquarters location in Dafen in South Wales, U.K.  The charity trust built the new location after a...
June 15, 2016
A Mississippi-based hospital is getting a new emergency medical service helicopter. The Ochsner Health and Singing River systems have...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 12, 2016
The Chair of Trustees of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust has signed a 6 million pound contract to purchase an AgustaWestland AW169. Also approved was a 10-year contract to lease an MD902 Explorer. The air medical...
April 6, 2016
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will...
March 31, 2016
Croatia's government has approved a nine-month contract that will resume helicopter air ambulance services throughout the Croatian islands and in the hinterland under a different operator, while expanding the coverage of those helicopters, according to local media reports.   Dario Nakic and Joseph Buljević, Croatia’s ministers of health and defense, signed on Wednesday a contract approving...
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