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March 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | EMS After a four month bureaucratic delay, Baptist LifeFlight has been licensed to serve Pearl River and nine other counties in the southeast Mississippi Air Ambulance District. The service is now flying two EC 135s as air ambulances regionally. It doubles the...
March 1, 2009
PUBLIC | POLICE Since being delivered in late 2008, the Bell Huey II medium-lift helicopter purchased by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in Calif. has been busy. In January, the Huey II rescued three motorcyclists who became lost in the frigid southern Sierra...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
March 1, 2009
In response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s spate of fatalities last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a four-day public hearing last month to delve into all aspects of the industry. While the proceeding was billed as a purely fact-finding exercise, NTSB members repeatedly pummeled regulators for their failure to adopt some of the safety...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
February 25, 2009
Several attempts were made to rescue a South Korean mountain climber who broke his leg during...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
February 16, 2009
The Teamster’s union that represents Sikorsky’s 5,100 employees at its plants in Connecticut and Florida, reports that its members...
February 12, 2009
Members of the Teamsters union who work for helicopter giant Sikorsky will gather on Sunday, Feb. 15 to vote on a new labor contract...
February 6, 2009
Fargo, S.D.- based Appareo Systems is one of only three companies that has been invited to testify before the National Transportation Safety Board’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
February 4, 2009
Tuesday was the opening day of the National Transportation Safety Board’s public hearing on airborne helicopter emergency medical...
February 2, 2009
The National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing into the alarming number of emergency medical service helicopter accidents will commence on Tuesday, Feb...
February 1, 2009
PUBLIC | EMS Airborne emergency medical service operators in New Zealand who fly in the vicinity of Wellington are trying to fight a long-standing ban on single-engine helicopters flights above densely populated areas. The ban, imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority, was designed to...
January 20, 2009
Airborne emergency medical service operators in New Zealand who fly in the vicinity of Wellington are trying to fight a long-standing ban on single-engine helicopters flights above densely populated areas. The ban...
January 20, 2009
Today, Eurocopter released its sales figures for 2008, which showed it fully met its objectives for the year. The...
January 19, 2009
On Jan. 15, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation jointly invested in a program to create China Aviation Industry Helicopter Co., Ltd. (CAIHC) The...
January 16, 2009
On Jan. 15 the National Transportation Safety Board released its findings in four emergency medical service helicopter accidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008. It found that poor...
January 1, 2009
Safety Versus Mission Keith M. Cianfrani only touched the surface of the complexity of carrying out a safe and efficient helicopter medical transport ("Medical Transport: Safety Versus Mission" November 2008, page 60). As an aging Coast Guard aviator with a few too many dark and stormy nights in my memory, I received notification from the rescue coordination center that a high-risk pregnancy...
January 1, 2009
PRODUCTS After three court appearances and one jury trial, defendant Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif. prevailed in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Honeywell International. The $10.6 million suit, which was filed in 2002, alleged that Sandel’s ST3400 terrain avoidance warning...
January 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE The FAA has granted the emergency medical service pilots of ShandsCair approval to conduct low-visibility landings at five helipads in north and north central Florida using global positioning system approaches. "We started working on this with Satellite Tech International three years ago," said lead pilot Mark Womack, one of the four pilots...
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