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February 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters subsidiary Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has introduced an Mi-171 simulator. Built by CSTS Dinamika, the simulator allows for flight...
February 14, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has released a new Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) program...
February 11, 2013
European air rescue provider DRF Luftrettung is reporting a total of 38,748 helicopter missions during 2012, up from 38,366 in 2011. Founded...
February 7, 2013
London-based Avincis Group, parent company of Bond Aviation Group, Inaer, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS), has received its first Sikorsky S-92 as part of a 16-helicopter order placed in December 2011. The first S-92 will...
February 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip the helicopters with an EMS interior—including an articulating...
February 1, 2013
The Las Vegas Convention Center is the venue for Heli-Expo 2013, the annual gathering of the worldwide helicopter industry, hosted by Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association International (HAI). Thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of helicopters will converge in Nevada from March 4-7. HAI President Matt Zuccaro says that Heli-Expo, the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow, is...
February 1, 2013
The conscientious helicopter pilot is almost always engaged in active accommodation of at least two completely separate sets of safety challenges. The first, of course, is the actual accomplishment of physical safety. The licensing and qualification mechanisms conventionally observed in U.S. helicopter operations ensure that legitimately experienced pilots are expected to be technically competent to safely...
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...
January 18, 2013
Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took delivery of its first VIP-configured Eurocopter EC135 P2...
January 8, 2013
American Eurocopter had received an order from Geisinger Health System for another EC145. The helicopter will join...
January 4, 2013
Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip...
January 3, 2013
Offshore helicopter support has started for Perenco Oil and Gas under a £37-million (approximately $47-million) contract with Bond Offshore...
January 1, 2013
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December 6, 2012
In a spread of contracts valued at around $70 million announced by global simulation and training organization CAE, there is one requirement for the development of two MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The RAN will buy 24 MH-60Rs from Sikorsky with the first two deliveries scheduled for 2014. The contract originates with the United States through the...
December 4, 2012
Under a non-binding letter of intent, Erickson Air-Crane has agreed to acquire the air logistics unit of Brazilian oil and natural gas operator HRT Participacoes em Petroleo...
November 29, 2012
An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an independent company that offers fixed-wing and rotary aircraft services to a variety of...
November 26, 2012
One result of the European Defence Agency’s examination in November of the options for member nations to pool and share resources is that several states have shown interest in “cooperating in the testing phase or the pooling of spare parts for the NH90.” According to EDA CEO Claude-France Arnould, this could take the shape of “bilateral...
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 19, 2012
The China Airshow, which ran from November 13-18, has been good for Sikorsky in that it has been announcing contracts for its civil helicopters, namely the S-92 and S-76D. The Zhuhai Helicopter Company (ZHC), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, has acquired two Sikorsky S-92s to be used in offshore operations. ZHC will operate five S-92s and 12 S-76s once the deliveries are complete, targeted for the...
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...
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