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March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Silver State Helicopters’ pending liquidation will put 215 helicopters on the used market, but that is not expected to swamp the market or sink used-aircraft prices. There are two reasons for that. One is that the market is hungry for good used aircraft, with airframe manufacturers reporting waits of a year or more for new aircraft delivery slots. Demand for Robinson Helicopters...
March 1, 2008
In a shocking move that was weeks in the making, Silver State Helicopters shut its more than 40 facilities last month and sought a court-supervised liquidation. The North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company said it shut down all operations at 1733 PST Feb. 3 due to a "rapid, unprecedented downturn in the U.S. credit markets, which severely curtailed the availability of student loans." Silver State...
February 21, 2008
Elite Helicopter Services of Englewood, Colo. has added an Enstrom Helicopter 280FX to its fleet. The company, based at Centennial...
February 8, 2008
U.S. criminal investigators are delving into the records and operations of Van Nevel Helicopters and its affiliates. Investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Justice Dept., and the U.S. Transportation Dept.'s inspector general's office (which, in part, investigates criminal...
February 5, 2008
Silver State Helicopters late yesterday confirmed it is seeking liquidation under U.S. bankruptcy laws. That virtually assures that students and other customers, employees, and vendors will recover little or no money owed them. North Las Vegas-based Silver State confirmed that it closed all operations at 5:33 pm...
February 4, 2008
Staff and students of Silver State Helicopters are scrambling to figure out what is going on with that training outfit. The day opened with reports of an imminent suspension of operations by the North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company, which has about 700 employees, more than 2,000 students, and flight schools throughout the United States. Consquently...
February 4, 2008
The U.S. FAA is proceeding with plans to draft basic standards for low-cost flight recorders for helicopters. The effort is aimed at correcting a shortcoming identified by the International Helicopter Safety Team: the paucity of information on what was happening in the...
January 31, 2008
India's government will now allow foreign investors to own 100 percent of the stock in helicopter operators in that nation. The Indian Cabinet today also...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 1, 2008
FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, delivers another first this year with the projected opening in late 2008 of a new Learning Center devoted principally to training for offshore operations. The center, positioned in Lafayette, Louisiana, to serve the Gulf of Mexico offshore helicopter industry, will customize its training to address the specific challenges offshore...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 15, 2007
Bristow Group has expanded its training division with the acquisition of New Iberia, La.-based Vortex Helicopters for about $2.5 million...
November 1, 2007
TRAINING The oil and gas industry has decided to abandon flight hours as the prime benchmark for hiring pilots to support its operations. It now wants competency-based flight training that would allow qualified individuals to move into jobs flying multi-pilot helicopters without having to accumulate 1,000 hr or more of flying experience. Such training is routinely used for pilot advancement. "What we...
November 1, 2007
Air Methods’ EC135 SPIFR STC Air Methods has received an FAA STC for its Eurocopter EC135 single-pilot IFR avionics package. Mexico Eyes EMS Unit Mexico will soon have its first air ambulance service...
November 1, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to open a flight school in China this year. The demand for helicopters in China is increasing; Eurocopter expects the number of rotorcraft there to exceed 1,000 within 20 years, with demand spurred by the 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing. Shanghai is hosting...
November 1, 2007
Despite CAE’s initial reticence on the matter, the global training and simulation company has agreed with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. to open a helicopter training center in Bangalore, India. The center is to be equally owned by Hindustan and Montreal-based CAE. It is expected to open in late 2008 and will provide training to civil and military pilots and also provide maintenance...
November 1, 2007
FlightSafety International is adding a new center dedicated to offshore helicopter training. Training at the new, 70,000-sq-ft Learning Center in Lafayette, La. is to begin in 2008. The facility is designed to accommodate up to eight full flight simulators and will feature advanced-technology training devices and classrooms equipped with...
November 1, 2007
Aspiring helicopter pilots now have an option to train in east-central Africa. Akagera Aviation has opened a helicopter flight school aimed at civilians, which it says is the first of its kind in the region, at...
October 9, 2007
East Africa now has its first helicopter flight school targeted at civilian pilots, according to East Africa Business Week. It said Akagera...
October 1, 2007
IN THE LAST COLUMN, I REVIEWED the lessons I learned from my accident in an emergency medical service helicopter and shared how I regained my confidence and returned to the cockpit in a paying job ("The Hidden Cost of an Accident," August 2007, page 62). This month, I will revisit the cause of my accident, along with the sequence of events, and choices, that led to my inadvertent encounter with...
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