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October 20, 2010
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has selected the Cobham 3D synthetic vision EFIS for its fleet of 14 Eurocopter AS350B2s. Headquartered in Monterey...
October 12, 2010
An MD Helicopters’ Explorer in service with the Humberside Police Authority has gone back into service following a...
September 1, 2010
Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson retired as president and chairman on August 10, following 37 years at the helm of the Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer. His son, Kurt Robinson, has assumed both leadership roles. He says that the ongoing progression of the R66 is the company’s top task in the short term. Kurt Robinson (left) is looking to follow the footsteps of his father and...
September 1, 2010
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Aero Bureau has inked a purchase agreement with Eurocopter for a dozen new AS350B2 AStars. Part of a fleet upgrade program, the contract includes an option for two additional aircraft. The helicopters will feature a law enforcement package, including night vision goggle (NVG) equipment, video downlink capacity, FLIR cameras, searchlights, aerial...
September 1, 2010
Tucson, Ariz. was the site of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 40th Annual Convention and Exposition, which ran from July 14 to 17. Co-hosted by the Tucson Police Dept. and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, the event drew aircrews from across North America for networking, exhibitions and social events. Members were also offered their choice of 47 professional development...
September 1, 2010
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters recently delivered helicopters to separate law enforcement agencies—the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Pasadena Police...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 24, 2010
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that the Virginia Department of State Police Aviation Unit in Richmond, Va., would receive 19 F4949 Pinnacle Aviation Night Vision systems. ASU already had obtained a necessary GSA contract that...
August 16, 2010
Frank Robinson, founder of Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter Co., retired as president and chairman on August 10 after 37 years at the helm. The board elected his son, Kurt Robinson...
August 11, 2010
AgustaWestland has inked a deal to supply six AW139s to the Government of Panama. Four of the helicopters will...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 1, 2010
Eurocopter is reporting that the Czech Police Aviation Department (CPAD) has amassed a total of more than 10,000 flight hours of operations. The fleet consists of eight EC135s...
August 1, 2010
American Eurocopter is celebrating the first EC120 to go over 10,000 flight hours. The helicopter is serving with...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
July 1, 2010
In mid-July, aviators from police, sheriff and federal law enforcement agencies will descend upon Tucson, Ariz. for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. The event, which will run from July 15–17, will be preceded by the organization’s pre-conference professional development courses July 12–14. Enstrom Helicopter will be at the show...
July 1, 2010
All airborne law enforcement agencies operate towards ensuring public safety and compliance with laws through the use of specialized aircraft and crew. To fully realize the advantage of this service, it is imperative that it be done safely and efficiently. No doubt that the first time an aircraft was used for law enforcement ideas were explored, lessons were learned and practices began to develop...
July 1, 2010
 The size of the problem depends on who’s talking. Several agencies are struggling, said Martin Jackson, president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Some units are shutting down or cutting back drastically on flight operations. Others estimate as many as 40 shutdowns, with four to five in California, alone. Some departments flying older military helicopters are having trouble...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
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