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February 1, 2013
We live in amazing times. As I compose this month’s column on my laptop, I’ve got my tablet to the left of me, and my smartphone to my right. Poised and ready to provide the answers to all my questions, they are the ultimate reference. Well, almost. I’ve been “googling” around for a while now, looking for a human factors term I learned in graduate school, yet I simply cannot...
February 1, 2013
As you may have heard, we recently lost a crew of fellow police aviators. Officers Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley of the Atlanta Police Department went down in their OH-6 on Nov. 3 at approximately 2230 hours while searching for a missing nine-year-old. Wires were involved, but as of this writing it’s unclear if those lines caused the accident, or if they were struck because their...
February 1, 2013
Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Japan delivered two EC135s in late January. The National Police Agency (NPA) has received an EC135T2 that will enter service with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for missions around the Tokyo prefecture. NPA’s...
January 31, 2013
Becker Avionics will equip the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau's newly ordered Eurocopter AS350B3e with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The AS350B3e will be...
January 28, 2013
Germany’s ESG has received an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) to integrate the Trakkabeam A800 searchlight into the Eurocopter...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 9, 2013
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is planning to install Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital audio control system in four...
November 20, 2012
El Dorado, Calif.-based Sequoia Helicopters has chosen the Becker Avionics airborne BD406 beacon decoder for its MD530F. The decoder will be used to improve search and rescue (SAR) operations for the El Dorado County Sherriff’s Department Aero Squadron, which uses the MD530F from Sequoia on a voluntary basis. The BD406 has the capability to track and...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 5, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Ralph Hicks as the investigator-in-charge of the probe into the crash of an Atlanta Police Department Hughes OH-6 on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to witnesses on the...
November 2, 2012
To meet the needs of the growing Latin American helicopter market, AeroSimulators has unveiled a new website focused on...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407. Air Methods, which operates...
November 1, 2012
It was in October, about nine years ago. Mike and I had just landed after a routine night patrol. As I was completing my post-flight inspection and he was returning the nozzle to the fuel pump, I saw a car stop on the road off the end of the runway. This wasn’t unusual, since people frequently stopped whenever they saw us outside, probably to see if we were going to takeoff. But that’s where...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 10, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters is planning to host a free public safety helicopter symposium on March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. The...
October 10, 2012
Community members, health service providers and public safety officials gathered with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday to take delivery of the first AgustaWestland AW139 to join the Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command. The medium twin-engine aircraft, plus nine sister ships due for future handover, will gradually replace the agency’s aging fleet of Eurocopter Dauphins currently...
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