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September 1, 2012
This MD600, along with the MD520N and MD Explorer, utilize the NOTAR anti-torque system. Pilot inputs, however, are the same as those for a conventional tail rotor system. It’s been a while—about 22 years—since certification was awarded for a helicopter design that then and now gets a second look from many who see it. Aviation enthusiasts stare at it and say, “Oh, I get it,”...
September 1, 2012
The Pilot’s Bill of Rights Act, authored by Rep. Samuel Graves (R-Mo.) with a concurring bill offered by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting President Obama’s signature. Now as long as the politicos that advise the president don’t identify 10 stray cats as a constituency that will support him if he vetoes the bill, it should be signed shortly...
September 1, 2012
A couple of years ago, I was asked by one of Rotor & Wing’s sister publications to write an article on how aircraft are painted. So, I called a relatively small outfit with a fine reputation for such work to see if they wanted to be featured in it. To make a long story short, I left two messages with a live employee, plus one on their answering machine, before finally talking to the owner. After...
August 31, 2012
Era Helicopters has selected Becker Avionics’ BD406 beacon decoders for its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139s. The unit decodes and...
August 29, 2012
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first Bell 429 equipped for emergency medical services to a European operator. Air Zermatt...
August 29, 2012
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is stretching out with an expansion of its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. that opened in July. The maintenance and repair complex now encompasses more than 80,000 square feet and will incorporate PAG’s wheel, brake and nondestructive (NDT) shop, which currently fills 3,500 square feet. The company’s previous expansion in 2010 raised its square footage more than 50...
August 28, 2012
Triumph Instruments-Ft. Lauderdale, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, has signed with Spectrolab as an authorized service center for the Nightsun...
August 28, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a guide entitled Decision Making for Single-Pilot Helicopter Operations. The free...
August 27, 2012
Augusta, Ga.-based Med-Trans has teamed up with AirMed to operate AirMed’s air medical services for Georgia and...
August 27, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained supplemental type certification for Eurocopter...
August 24, 2012
Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has named the members of the 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee. The award recognizes air medical operators who have reached a high level of safety within its organization. Members of the committee include: Bill...
August 24, 2012
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Helicopter Championship kicked off on Wednesday, Aug. 22 with...
August 24, 2012
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho-based HeliWagon has delivered its remote controlled helicopter landing dolly to Duke Life...
August 22, 2012
Part 2: Post-Disaster Recovery The Navy In addition to an extensive assortment of fabricated floatels distributed throughout the Prince William Sound, many fitted with helicopter decks, and various “cruise vessel” facilities pulling contingency duty as housing for workers offshore, it was arranged for the U.S. Navy to provide for significant levels of support. Somewhat amazingly, 500-foot troop...
August 16, 2012
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has placed an order with American Eurocopter to purchase eight EC135s. The helicopters are part of a “standardization” effort to replace CALSTAR’s current...
August 16, 2012
Michigan-based Beaumont Health System is partnering with PHI Air Medical to launch an air medical service using a Eurocopter EC135 based at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The twin-engine, six-place helicopter known as “Beaumont...
August 15, 2012
The University of Michigan Health System’s Survival Flight program has begun flying a new Eurocopter EC155, with two additional...
August 15, 2012
Aside from the many more commonly publicized extremes of scale noted in conjunction with Alaska’s Exxon Valdez oil spill, aviation activities in the disaster’s aftermath were undertaken in a quantity, and at an undeniably high quality, previously unknown to industrial emergency operations involving large scale logistics support. Exxon, finding itself suddenly thrust into the epicenter of a...
August 3, 2012
American Eurocopter has handed over an EC145 to the University of Utah’s AirMed program. The EMS...
August 1, 2012
The FDMA’s newest fleet addition is an AgustaWestland AW139. AgustaWestland The Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City in Japan have each ordered a...
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