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November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Attendees and exhibitors at Helitech near Cambridge, England found the biennial trade show to be a bit slow this year, but generally were satisfied with the quality of visitors and displays. With over 15,000 sq m (161,460 sq ft) of display space, the...
November 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Howard County, Md. police recently took delivery of a new Bell Helicopter 407. The agency began flying in 1999, borrowing two Bell OH-58s from neighboring Anne Arundel County police as needed. (Howard County provided crews and covered the operating costs.) The arrival of the agency’s first wholly-owned aircraft marks the county’s autonomy as the newest of only four of...
November 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Omaha, Neb. Police Dept. is to be flying two new Bell Helicopter 206B-3 JetRangers by July, with the first expected delivery in March. The department now flies six Bell OH-58s, a 35-yr-old aircraft. Although it will still fly the Kiowa, Sgt. Jeff...
November 1, 2007
Nov. 6-7 — 2007 Education Courses, Portland, Ore. Sponsored by Helicopter Foundation International. Contact: Nicole Sonberg, 703-683-4646; Fax: 703- 683-4745; E-mail: education@rotor.com Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2008 — Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. Southeast Region Safety Seminar, Naples, Fla. Contact: Mark N. Cherney: Phone: 239-793-9274; Fax: 239-643-3236; E-mail: mcherney@alea.org Jan. 23-25, 2008...
November 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS HAVE A CONSTANT appetite for the new and improved. Many a rescue technician and pilot lies awake at night mulling better techniques and tools for executing particular parts of their missions, and they rarely rest until they’ve tested out their most intriguing ideas. If the most intriguing involves a technique, they find someone to fly it and try out. If it’s a tool...
November 1, 2007
Being a search and rescue pilot takes skill and the ability to listen to your compatriots. THE QUESTION POSED BY ROTOR AND WING WAS, could I write an article about what it takes to be a good search and rescue pilot and how young pilots can prepare for this line of flying. I immediately thought about the definition of a SAR pilot. Does it include pilots working in EMS operations that only do...
November 1, 2007
AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, I finally retired after 27 years of police service. I could spend an entire column talking about how strange the transition from part-time writer and full-time pilot to the reverse has been, but that will have to wait for another day. I bring it up now because of something that’s been happening a lot since I traded my regular badge for one that says "retired." You...
October 12, 2007
Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Two flight-test versions have...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Police in Staffordshire, England used an unmanned helicopter to survey a crowd of 95,000 at a music festival in August. The MW Power Systems-manufactured drone weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb) and is fitted with a wide-angle, closed-circuit TV camera. Although it may be equipped with night lenses, a color camera was used...
October 1, 2007
ALEA The Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. held its 37th annual convention and expo in Orlando, Fla. July 12-14, drawing more than 1,400. The event, co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., included 164 exhibitors, more than 20 aircraft on static display, and a variety of professional workshops. At its annual membership breakfast and meeting, ALEA President Dan...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR Four counties in northwest Wyoming want to share a search and rescue helicopter and get the state to kick in funding for it. The counties — Teton, Park, Sublette, and Fremont — are...
October 1, 2007
IT WAS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I learned of the midair between two media helicopters July 27 in Phoenix. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the four men involved. Although I didn’t know either of the pilots, I took this as a personal loss because they were professional helicopter pilots and therefore my peers. In my 39 years in this industry, I have met only a handful of pilots that...
October 1, 2007
The commercial helicopter market continues to grow and won’t be slowing down for the foreseeable future, according to a forecast from Honeywell. Growing global economies and demands from helicopter operators mean growing backlogs for...
October 1, 2007
Crime fighting helicopters are the wave of the future, according to law enforcement officials. A survey by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association said law enforcement...
September 25, 2007
The National Police Dept. of Turkey has decided to place a stronger emphasis on enforcing security from the air and is purchasing four new police helicopters. Helicopters, according to Today’s Zaman, offer a...
September 18, 2007
An Arizona helicopter pilot and a technology company are taking steps they hope will prevent accidents like the mid-air collision in Phoenix, Ariz. last month where four people were killed. The system’s aim is to...
September 18, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to start another helicopter production facility in China. The European company wants to partner with either government agencies or the private sector. Currently, Eurocopter produces the EC120 in a joint venture with the China...
September 14, 2007
Botswana Police Service has ordered three Eurocopter AS350B3s as the foundation of a new police air support unit. Two are to be delivered in...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
Correction After conferring with an Essex Police spokesman, we reported that the police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom scrapped a plan for a helicopter maintenance consortium ("U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan," June 2007, page 13). In fact, the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance consortium, a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved Part 145 organization...
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