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April 24, 2013
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based air medical transport provider REACH Air Medical Services has obtained FAA approval to begin using its own GPS approaches and routes in Western Oregon.      REACH AgustaWestland AW109. Photo courtesy of REACH.   The authorization allows REACH to begin flying directly to hospitals and landing sites along the Oregon coast and...
April 22, 2013
Three years after entering FAA's voluntary Safety Management Systems (SMS) pilot project, Metro Aviation has entered Level III of the program.   SMS is recognized by the U.S. Joint Planning...
April 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has received an order from Deleware State Police for two multi-mission configured Bell 429s that will join its aviation unit fleet. The two aircraft will carry...
April 12, 2013
UK-based Bond Air Services has secured seven-year contract to continue providing helicopter EMS support for North West Air Ambulance (NWAA). The agreement, valued at more than £10 million (approximately $13...
April 10, 2013
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has started a completions project for Boston MedFlight’s new EC145, around the same time as securing an agreement to finish an EC155 for the University of Florida’s ShandsCair. Representatives of Boston MedFlight met with Metro officials during a visit to American...
April 10, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a private text conversation was one of the factors that contributed to a series of poor decisions resulting in the August 2011 crash of an Air Methods Eurocopter AS350 B2 in Mosby, Mo. Four people died as a result of the accident, including the pilot, James Freudenberg. According to NTSB, in addition to being distracted from...
April 1, 2013
Memorial MedFlight's new Eurocopter EC145 is undergoing final completion at Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. The helicopter will join MedFlight’s critical care...
April 1, 2013
Bristow EC175 at the Eurocopter booth.   HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter...
April 1, 2013
Most things that happen in helicopter aviation can be viewed from more than one perspective, and sometimes achieving access to the correct viewpoint can end up feeling like a matter of life and death. During the 1970s, out of Borinquen, Puerto Rico, we enjoyed not only the pleasure of covering the largest search and rescue sector in all of U.S. Coast Guard operations with the exquisitely capable Sikorsky...
March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
March 28, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
March 26, 2013
UK Department of Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that Bristow Helicopters is the final winner of the long awaited, and fought for, UK Search & Rescue helicopter contract worth £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion). It will run from April 2015 until 2026, with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea Kings being retired from service and all military crews standing down after 70 years...
March 21, 2013
StandardAero has received a five-year maintenance contract from Air Methods for its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 engines. The announcement was made at the Heli-Expo show in early March. The contract covers Air Methods’ current fleet of 53 engines, which will add about 20 engines...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 13, 2013
Air Medical Holdings Group has placed an order for 30 Bell 407GX and 206L4 helicopters. The two companies did not detail the number for each type, but reports indicate a breakdown of 24 407GXs and six 206L4s. During a press conference at...
March 12, 2013
Avincis Group and Eurocopter formalized a global framework agreement during Heli-Expo last week. The agreement includes the purchase of 10 EC145 T2s for emergency medical service (EMS)...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 5, 2013
Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. is introducing a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS) option in its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Eurocopter EC135 series. The completions provider also...
March 4, 2013
Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has brought a Lloyd Helicopters-operated Sikorsky S-76 to Las...
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