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October 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Waterbombing aircraft and helicopters continued to battle wildfires in southern California into September. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), the fires were around 90 percent contained on September 15...
October 1, 2009
DART Helicopter Services (DHS) has appointed Steven E. Joseph as general manager. He will also support DHS subsidiaries including Apical, Canam and Geneva Aviation. A former U.S. Marine Corps pilot and officer, Joseph was previously president of Geneva Aviation. West Plains, Mo.-based Air Evac Lifeteam has given its 2009 Regional Mechanic of the Year award to helicopter mechanic Maynard Winch, who is based...
October 1, 2009
October 19 – 20: 2nd International Forum on Rotorcraft Multidisciplinary Technology, Seoul, Korea. Contact AHS Intl, phone 1-703-684-6877 or visit www.vtol.org October 20 – 22: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando, Fla. Contact NBAA, phone 1-202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.org October 25: Wings, Wheels & Rotors Expo, Los Alamitos, Calif...
October 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Aviation Today is hosting a webinar — scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 — that asks some of the world’s top helicopter air safety...
October 1, 2009
Air Methods bills itself as the "World’s Largest Air Ambulance Operator" for a very good reason: It is. The numbers tell the tale. Air Methods flew 105,971 missions in 2008, serving 42 U.S. states from 249 hospital and community bases. This translates to 138,219 total flight hours for the company’s fleet of 300-plus rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. This fleet is primarily comprised of...
October 1, 2009
The weather outside is frightful... It’s high noon on November 24th: The wind is 30-plus knots with blowing snow; the temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; there are polar bears lurking outside your hangar; and the sun won’t come up until late February. Just the thought of that kind of environment is enough to make practically every pilot in the lower 48 thankful they don’t have to...
September 1, 2009
If you are a regular reader, you will have seen Ernie Stephens’ last column about having fun, which is what Ernie is off to do. But everyone has their own definition of fun. So let me tell you a little bit about myself and that might explain what I think is fun. My background is more about aviation than journalism, even though I find myself at the helm of this amazing publication. I have been...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) recently awarded STAT MedEvac for its outstanding safety record in 2008. HAI gives the award to members who demonstrate an excellent safety...
September 1, 2009
September 22 – 24: Helitech 2009, Cambridge, U.K. Contact Reed Exhibitions, phone +44 (0) 208-271-2155 or visit www.helitech.co.uk September 22 – 24: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) & Standardization Conference, Orlando, Fla. Contact DMSMS, phone 1-937-426-2808 or visit www.dmsms.org September 22 – 25: 35th European Rotorcraft Forum, Hamburg, Germany...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Grand Rapids, Mich.-based L-3 Avionics Systems has obtained technical standard order (TSO) authorization and an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate...
September 1, 2009
It’s a big deal when a manufacturer introduces a new helicopter model. It’s the culmination of years of designing, engineering, testing and tweaking, interspersed with artist conception drawings, full-scale mock-ups, flying prototypes and then a number of fully-functioning machines that are available for aviation journalists and a few potential customers to fly. It’s during the early...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
September 1, 2009
Current EMS helicopter operational safety statistics, as we know all too well, continue to echo the early 1980s, when medical transport activities grimly persevered to survive a high-risk professional infancy. In those early days, it was relatively easy to identify that helicopter operators were creating many of their own safety problems by trying to sell their product in an unfamiliar market arena...
September 1, 2009
Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) introduced the Air Medical Safety Act, HR 1201, to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 25, 2009. The bill requires, in part, "a pilot of an aircraft providing emergency medical services, whenever there is a crew on board, regardless of whether there is a patient on board, to comply with federal safety operating requirements governing commuter and on demand operations." At a...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE An EMS helicopter operated by Air Evac EMS unintentionally shut down traffic on Route 50 in Greenwood, W.V. on June 17, 2009, after clipping some power lines. The Bell 206B helicopter, transporting a six year-old...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
June 1, 2009
NEWS Want to understand why the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector is running into safety and operational issues? One logical starting point is the HEMS Industry Risk Profile (IRP) just released by the nonprofit Flight Safety Foundation (FSF). It identifies 26 different risk factors affecting HEMS safety in the U.S. today. According to the HEMS IRP, the most serious risks faced by the...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Mayo Clinic’s Mayo One HEMS program has added a second American Eurocopter EC145 to its fleet. Mayo One’s first EC145 was received in February 2008. The two EC145s are replacing two Eurocopter BK117 B-2s. Using the two EC145s, a Eurocopter BK117 C-1 and a backup BK117 B-2, the clinic serves three helicopter bases in Rochester, Minn., Mankato, Minn. and Eau Claire, Wis...
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has launched a public education campaign regarding the importance of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS); particularly in rural and other under-served areas. But AAMS Executive Director Dawn Mancuso denies that the campaign is taking advantage of actress Natasha Richardson’s death by launching the campaign now. The...
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