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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...
March 19, 2014
Australia’s helicopter industry will meet at Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in May for its first major gathering since the sector’s new representative body – the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) – was formed in late 2012. The Rotortech 2014 event comes as the Australian helicopter sector continues its enviable growth, although slightly slowed compared with previous...
March 19, 2014
Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has announced that a joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the world's first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for...
March 1, 2014
Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for Era Helicopters in Anchorage, Alaska. My supervisor at Era was Lou Earhart, one of the nicest, most professional people I’ve ever had the blessing to work for or around. I considered Lou to be a consummate professional pilot. Then one day he told me about a mistake he had made. While ferrying a Jet Ranger up to Anchorage from Bell, the helicopter...
March 1, 2014
Ever since the beginning of police aviation, law enforcement agencies have studied, implemented, de-implemented, and studied again the merits of delivering deadly force from helicopters. The name of the department escapes me, but I recall there being an agency out west that kept MP5 submachine guns in locking racks aboard their aircraft. They even made it a point to conduct regular airborne target practice...
March 1, 2014
During the period when English sailors began to rule the seas from wooden ships, navigation was not considered a particularly desirable duty, since it often resulted in the hanging of the aspiring pilot from the yardarm, with the outgoing candidate left to dangle for days as a reminder to the next volunteer that being inaccurate would not be warmly received. Latitude was a fairly well understood concept...
February 28, 2014
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior air safety investigator...
February 28, 2014
AgustaWestland has received an order from Gulf Helicopters for an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C simulator, supporting the company’s pilot development training needs for the recently announced purchase of 15...
February 28, 2014
The Helicopter Flight Training Center and the National Association of Air Medical Communication...
February 27, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
February 27, 2014
Precision Helicopters (Booth 7311) is taking delivery of its first new-generation training helicopter, the Guimbal Cabri G2, which is the first of this type in the U.S., during Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Precision’s Managing Director...
February 27, 2014
Marc Paganini, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters in the U.S., spoke briefly at a luncheon held for their airborne law enforcement customers on February 26. Paganini acknowledged the company’s name change and noted that the law...
February 27, 2014
The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba, Public...
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