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August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
August 21, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over five EC135s to Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation and on AS365 N3 to Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA). The EC135s, which entered service in August...
August 19, 2013
Non-profit critical care transport service Boston MedFlight has taken delivery of a new medium twin-engine Eurocopter EC145.      Charles Blathras, chief operations manager and critical care transport specialist for Boston MedFlight, and Ed Jerin, maintenance...
August 14, 2013
If Turbomeca can work with Bell Helicopter, why not Metro Aviation? Following in the footsteps of another longtime Eurocopter partner – Turbomeca reached its first-ever agreement with Bell to power the short light single (SLS) during the Paris Air Show in June – Metro is rejoining the ranks of Bell operators with the...
August 7, 2013
Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods has purchased 150 Vision 1000 flight data monitoring (FDM) devices from Appareo Systems of Fargo, N.D. The helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) supplier will...
August 1, 2013
As this column is started, news reports of one more fatal EMS helicopter accident are being released, and the early details of yet another tragedy already seem uncomfortably familiar. Many will remember Bill Murray’s 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” which told the story of a comical television weatherman who somehow found himself imprisoned in an odd pattern of time/event repetition, from...
July 30, 2013
Pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios, Salobrar Sanchez and Rocio Ramos make up Spain’s first all-female medical helicopter...
July 30, 2013
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for...
July 11, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has incorporated an AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew into its emergency medical services (EMS) fleet. The GrandNew features a synthetic vision...
July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
July 2, 2013
Nonprofit helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operator CareFlite has placed an order for four Bell 407GX helicopters. CareFlite also flies AgustaWestland AW109s and Bell 222s, in addition to a fixed-wing service using a King Air 90.   Interior view of the Garmin G1000H panel on the Bell 407GX. Photos courtesy of Bell...
July 1, 2013
Back in 2011, while attending the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference in New Orleans, I saw a brand new Virginia State Police (VSP) Eurocopter EC145 on display. It had recently been completed by Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., and was loaded with all of the latest gear for flying air medical missions. While driving through southern Virginia – technically a...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
June 28, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on...
June 13, 2013
Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) subsidiary Reach Air Medical Services and Air Evac are forming a new partnership, based at a site...
June 6, 2013
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., part of the Beacon Health System, is upgrading its air medical transportation service from a Eurocopter EC135 to an EC145...
June 1, 2013
  Think back to the first time you saw a multi-function display (MFD) screen in a cockpit. For me, it was around 1987, when I saw a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle on static display at an air show. The high-tech fighter had a head-up display and thermal imaging system, too. That was all exceptionally impressive to me, a lowly student pilot with just a few hours in a Robinson R22. It might have...
May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 28, 2013
Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multipurpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in the Krasnaya Polyana region near Sochi, with medical personnel from the Southern Regional...
May 22, 2013
Air medical transport operator Air Methods Corp. has achieved the highest level (Level 4) of FAA's voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) program. FAA created the SMS program to provide guidance and recognition of safety efforts implemented by commercial air operators. Level 4 of the program is the...
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