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September 8, 2010
A government/industry partnership including Bell Helicopter, FAA, Air Methods and Des Moines, Iowa-based Mercy One have certified the first Bell 429 for steep approaches using...
September 1, 2010
Over the years, lessons learned have yielded excellent procedures for safe and effective hoist rescues. In my experience, though, many good techniques fail to be shared across user domains. Many of these techniques are codified in written checklists and manuals—you may consider incorporating them into yours and offer concepts missed here in a letter to the editor or e-mail me at...
September 1, 2010
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA investigators are looking into various scenarios—including...
August 31, 2010
An Air Evac Lifeteam Bell 206 went down near Scotland, Ark. shortly after 4:00 a.m. last night, according to reports. The...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 20, 2010
Don Wilson, flight paramedic for Addison, Texas-based Omniflight, has received the Paramedic...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 1, 2010
1,000-Words Plus My compliments on your editorial point of view regarding the March 2010 crash of an EMS helicopter in Brownsville, Tenn. (See Editor’s Notebook, June 2010.) Your use of the radar picture was indeed worth “1,000 words,” and was an effective way of highlighting your written point of view. I have no personal connection with the aircraft owner/operator, the hospital or the...
August 1, 2010
Eurocopter is reporting that the Czech Police Aviation Department (CPAD) has amassed a total of more than 10,000 flight hours of operations. The fleet consists of eight EC135s...
August 1, 2010
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters is planning to introduce a new search and rescue/EMS operation with Priority 1 Air Rescue. The...
August 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has agreed to purchase Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort Inc., an aircraft accessories...
August 1, 2010
On a clear day, eastern South Dakota appears to be a benevolent setting for helicopter flight. The landscape is as flat as a hospital bed, and it appears covered by a giant patchwork quilt, created by the checkerboard design of farm fields. The razor-edge horizon allows a view of blue skies as far as the eye can see. The two HEMS operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. are Avera McKennan Hospital and University...
August 1, 2010
With the continued uptick in EMS accidents over the last few years, there is greater scrutiny on the pilots than ever before. A majority of EMS fatal accidents occur at night. Obviously, it is harder to see at night, but another factor is that pilots don’t always come to work fully rested. EMS has never been a time building job. It has rightfully earned the name “Earn Money Sleeping.”...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
July 1, 2010
Fishtail Air’s Eurocopter AS350B3 pulled three climbers stuck on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna to safety in late April. Using its new Eurocopter...
July 1, 2010
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
June 1, 2010
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This column usually runs just shy of that mark. I tend to agree with that sentiment and am occasionally chided for my quiet nature, although there are some out there that won’t believe that. But there are some things that just beg for discussion, although this will not be a thousand words. Last month in this spot I wrote about the EMS crash in March in...
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