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January 1, 2011
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman used an analogy to describe how federal oversight relates to public-use aircraft, a topic that came up multiple times during the Dec. 7 meeting: “Public-use operations have been made an orphan by the aviation industry, like they have no parent and no one wants to be responsible for them. And this orphan, everyone says when they make a mistake or when something goes...
January 1, 2011
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI), the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and other industry leaders have identified safety management systems (SMS) as a key tool in the effort to reduce helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. Without setting into the statistics, there are plenty of places to read the raw numbers, but let’s just start by agreeing that the helicopter industry’s safety record...
December 30, 2010
Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) has scheduled a January 20 industry forum in Alexandria, Va. to address questions and issues related to public-use...
December 23, 2010
Air Methods enforced a 12-hour fleet grounding after a University of Missouri Staff For Life Eurocopter AS350B2 was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday in La...
December 20, 2010
The final two Eurocopter EC135s that are part of a 23-aircraft order have arrived at Polish air medial operator LPR. The...
December 8, 2010
While acknowledging the role of lax oversight by maintenance inspectors, FAA and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Transportation Board on Tuesday placed much of the blame for a 2008 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 on the operator—Carson...
December 1, 2010
It is common in EMS for lift times to be documented by dispatch. It is also a common requirement for pilots to document any lift times over five minutes and send this information to the lead pilot and/or base manager. In business, there is a saying “you are what you measure.” It may seem natural for managers to want to know why a lift-off took longer than a pre-determined amount of time...
December 1, 2010
American Eurocopter has reached an agreement to supply a dozen helicopters to Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation. The MoU covers a mix of types—EC130s, EC135s...
December 1, 2010
Russian Helicopters has received an order from EMERCOM for five Ka-32A11BCs. The helicopters, designed by Kamov...
December 1, 2010
Maryland State Police’s Aviation Command has placed an order for six AgustaWestland AW139s. Valued at around $71 million, the...
December 1, 2010
Eurocopter American Eurocopter has equipped various EMS units with new airborne tools in recent weeks. The manufacturer has delivered an AS350B2 (shown here) to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Aviation Section in...
November 10, 2010
The board of directors of the MedEvac Foundation Intl has reappointed Dr. Kevin Hutton, founder of San Diego-based Golden Hour...
November 1, 2010
Welcome Andrew Drwiega As a fan of Rotor & Wing (and Defence Helicopters), I recognize Military Editor Andrew Drwiega as a particularly experienced and authoritative reporter on military helicopters and operations in Afghanistan. I’ve had the recent opportunity to work with the Marines of Camp Pendleton (home of fabled “Scarface” and the “Gunfighters”) of which Andrew has...
November 1, 2010
AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has sold another AW119Ke and an AW109 Grand to South Africa’s...
October 7, 2010
Extensive changes are in store for the regulations that guide helicopter EMS operations, under an FAA Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released Thursday. The agency is moving to tighten flight rules and...
October 1, 2010
Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) is a $2.5-billion business annually in the U.S., but extremely diverse. Some of the top civil operators are privately held, making financial data scarce. And, however similar the aircraft appear to the patients inside them, no two companies are alike. The only statistic that is usually available is the number of aircraft per provider, although this figure is...
October 1, 2010
A group of government and industry organizations has completed certification of the first Bell 429 to conduct steep approaches using wide area augmentation system (WAAS) capability. Involved in the collaborative effort are Bell Helicopter, Air Methods, FAA (including its Global Navigation Satellite System Program Office and Flight Standards Organization), Hickock & Associates, and Des Moines...
October 1, 2010
Using three Eurocopter EC145s—including a new one that entered service in June—Austin, Texas-based...
September 14, 2010
Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has finished night vision goggle maintenance training courses for California Shock...
September 13, 2010
Using its three Eurocopter EC145s, Austin/Travis County STAR Flight rescued 13 people from floods related to...
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