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January 29, 2016
Volo Mission will host a firefighting seminar Feb. 24 to 25 at its new location in Greenville, Texas. Last month, its co-owner and director of operations, Andre Hutchings, completed the final training course that initially was to take place in California. Volo Mission's entire operation had...
January 25, 2016
The offshore helicopter industry latest safety efforts includes the launched of collaborative research to further enhance pilot performance in the cockpit.   A safety priority across the industry is to optimise the training and tools provided to offshore crews, according to Gretchen Haskins, HeliOffshore's CEO. Haskins said the research, which began earlier this month, is aimed at understanding...
January 19, 2016
Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Louisville, Kentucky, at 14 different workshops and at a special safety...
November 27, 2015
The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office...
November 16, 2015
HNZ Group will suspend monthly dividend payments following an $8 million net loss in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Montreal-based company said that payments would stop after the December dividend is paid on Jan. 15. The company’s third quarter is “normally a seasonally strong” one, said HNZ President/CEO Don Wall. (The company reported a net income of $9.58 million in 2014’s...
October 6, 2015
Sources tell R&WI that Sky Helicopters has won an FAA contract to provide flight training for the agency's aviation safety inspectors in the Robinson Helicopter R44. The company will provide the "Helicopter Indoctrination...
September 8, 2015
Australia has named a Lockheed Martin-led consortium as its preferred bidder to provide basic military flight training to fixed-wing and helicopter pilots for 25 years starting in 2019. The $2-billion contract has yet to be finalized. The Team 21 consortium includes Lockheed Martin, Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft and Sydney-headquartered...
August 12, 2015
Whirly-Girls International is offering 17 scholarships for women in the helicopter industry this year. New scholarships this year include one for a helicopter instrument rating sponsored by Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Ariz.; another for a...
July 15, 2015
Aviation Specialties Unlimited is offering a “trade-up” program that allows users of its green-phosphor night-vision goggles (NVGs) to upgrade to its white-phosphor NVGs. ASU...
June 29, 2015
Helicopter flight schools in Arizona, Florida, Texas and Washington have been ordered to stop enrolling military veterans as new students, according to media reports. The Los Angeles Times described the move as “part of...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 1, 2015
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities...
July 22, 2014
Western Helicopters, helicopter service and specialty training provider, has recently moved its facility from Rialto, Calif. to the Riverside, Calif., Municipal Airport. The company has also added two more instructors and eight additional aircraft, along with...
July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
June 23, 2014
Guidance Aviation opened its Prescott, Ariz. helicopter training facility to local Girl Scouts as a part of the organization’s 2014 Discover Aviation Camp...
May 29, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and UTair have extended their training agreement past an original three-year arrangement. Through this program, pilots and technical personnel are trained on the Ecureuil-family rotorcraft and also...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
March 25, 2014
A recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) covers the exploration of Sikorsky’s further potential participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Institute, which is scheduled to open in September. Under the MoU, Sikorsky’s participation may include providing expertise in maintenance training and technical know-how, including “train-the-trainer” proficiency, as well as...
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