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November 1, 2008
Medical Transport: Safety Versus Mission It’s a foggy, rainy night and you’re the pilot of a life flight helicopter, relaxing, when the phone rings. It’s an auto accident 25 mi away. You check the weather, check the route of flight, check with your team and after all preflight mission planning is completed, you launch toward the accident site. The aircraft arrives at the destination, your...
October 31, 2008
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters plus options for several additional aircraft. The MMEA will use...
October 29, 2008
On Oct. 28, the National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted to place the FAA’s response to the lack of terrain awareness warning systems (TAWS) aboard emergency medical helicopters on its Most Wanted Transportation Safety...
October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
October 13, 2008
Effective Oct. 16, 2008, FAA Airworthiness Directive AD 2008-19-02, regarding Bell model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters, will require repetitive inspections of the main rotor hydraulic actuator supports to verify the presence...
October 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE A plan for using helicopters to distribute seriously injured victims of mass disasters in the Los Angeles area among the region’s hospitals helped emergency responders efficiently treat scores hurt in a commuter rail crash last month. L.A. officials have called the Sept. 12 crash of a Metrolink commuter train into a Union Pacific freight train the worst mass-casualty incident in the...
October 1, 2008
Honeywell entered into a teaming agreement with LOM PRAHA s.p. of the Czech Republic to provide platform logistics-helicopter overhaul and maintenance, inspections, parts supply chain management, pilot training, and aftermarket services. More than 12,000 Mi-8/Mi-17 turboshaft multi-mission helicopters have been delivered throughout the world. DART Helicopter Services acquired Canam Aerospace Inc and...
October 1, 2008
EMS helicopters Down Under serve a sparse population of citizens and visitors who hunger for adventures that often leave them in dangerous predicaments. May 17 is a significant date in Australian aviation. On that date 80 years ago, the first flight of what was to become the Royal Flying Doctor Service was made, carrying a doctor to attend an outback patient. This was a dream come true for the Rev. John...
September 26, 2008
Wyoming Medical Center's Life Flight Program covers the entire state of Wyoming and, if a higher level of care is needed, the program will fly a patient into Colorado. Life Flight celebrated its 25 anniversary this summer and the Bell...
September 10, 2008
State police officials spent Sept. 9 trying to reassure critics in the state legislature that Maryland's air ambulance system is in capable hands, according to The Baltimore Sun. A...
September 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Specialist Aviation Services recalled all 18 of its MD Helicopters MD-902s from police and emergency medical service lessees in early August while it investigated a control system failure. On Aug. 8, an SAS Explorer on lease to Great North Air Ambulance of Durham, England, executed a run-on landing at its Denham Airfield base outside of London after the pilot experienced what the operator...
August 1, 2008
NEWS U.S. industry leaders, accident investigators and regulators are debating whether additional steps should be taken to improve air ambulance safety in the wake of a midair collision that killed five crewmembers and two patients. The June 29 collision of two Bell Helicopter 407s on approach to Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center stunned industry leaders. They had closed 2007 optimistic that...
August 1, 2008
Well thought-out requirements and good planning are essential to getting an end product that is a pleasing, perfect helicopter, whether the aircraft is new or used. Primer Definitions: Completions and Refurbishments or Refurbs: While not defined in Webster’s dictionary, typically a helicopter completion involves making a factory-new helicopter meet a customer’s prescribed specifications. A...
July 28, 2008
This Friday, August 1, is the deadline to submit your nominations for the Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Awards. Winners...
July 23, 2008
Three climbers became trapped on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas and one of them fell into a ravine and died. The other...
July 14, 2008
The new Vigor Health Usage and Management System (VHUMS) will be used on the S-76D executive transport helicopter. VHUMS is a new family of lower cost, full functionality health usage management systems (HUMS) optimized for mid-size helicopters. The system will...
July 14, 2008
Air Evac Lifeteam opened a base at the Danville-Boyle County Airport in Junction City, Ky., and will serve rural communities within a 70-mile radius of Danville. Air Evac runs more than 75 bases...
July 9, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar...
July 3, 2008
Welcome to R&W’s updated homepage. You’ll still find all the rotorcraft information you require here, with our daily news briefs, powerful search engine and current...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS MD Helicopters has logged some success with its MD-902 Explorer product line. The National Health Authority of the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar has decided to continue an air ambulance service using an Explorer following a six-month trial. The authority said...
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