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Entries for November 2013

Coast Guard tests 14 more helicopters to boost dwindling rescue fleet
Daily Mail
From Daily Mail
The 14 shore-based helicopters are meant for search and rescue operations. Among those shortlisted for trials after evaluation of technical bids is Eurocopter's EC 725 helicopter. A twin engine helicopter, EC 725 can be used for multiple tasks ...

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has delivered a new AugustaWestland AW139 helicopter to SFS Aviation in Asia.

SFS Aviation, the first operator of the AW139 in Thailand, has leased the helicopter as part of a medium-term commitment, and it will be used by to provide offshore support services to a number of multi-national oil companies in the Gulf of Thailand, such as PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) and CPOC.

Philippine Air Force Signs Contract  for Eight AW109 Power Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Philippine Air Force has signed a contract for eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform a range of duties including homeland security, armed reconnaissance and close support. Deliveries will start in 2014. The contract also includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.

Guidance Aviation Maintenance Director, Mr. Jason Kidd, Awarded The FAA's General Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year for 2014

Arizona – Mr. Jason Kidd, Director of Maintenance, Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was awarded the FAA's Maintenance Technician of the Year, 2014, for the State of Arizona. As a State winner, Kidd moves on to the national FAA awards which take place every year during EAA Airventure Oshkosh.

Kidd, a U.S. Military Veteran, began his aviation career in the Army as a Chinook (CH-47D) Flight Engineer and Mechanic, serving six years (1991-1997), while stationed in Fort Bragg, NC and Camp Humphreys, South Korea. During his 850 hours of flight time in the US Army, Mr. Kidd was the Unit Trainer for Night Vision Goggles (NVG) where he accrued over 250 hours of NVG time including 90 hours of Hazardous Duty Night flight time.



Bend, Oregon- Leading Edge Aviation (LEA), a Bend, Oregon based company, just completed Initial Night Vision Goggle Training for the City of San Diego Fire- Rescue Department's Air Operations Division. In early 2013, Leading Edge joined Night Flight Concepts as a training partner. Leading Edge holds 141 approved courses for Initial, Recurrent and Instructor NVG Training. LEA is uniquely qualified for NVG training with NVG experience in Firefighting, EMS, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Hoist and Shipboard Operations.

From Scotsman (blog)
The campaign - ???Back Home Safe??? - will be calling for increased investment to create a larger North Sea helicopter fleet for crew change flights, changes to the seating configuration inside helicopters, and changes to the design of choppers used for ...
From Frankston weekly
Brett Newman, the chief executive of Professional Helicopter Services, a charter service operating from Moorabbin Airport, said using helicopters to arrive at the races had been ''happening for over 25 years''. Advertisement. ''We ran the Melbourne Cup  ...
Royal Navy Lynx helicopters came within 50ft of crashing at 92mph because ...
Daily Mail
From Daily Mail
And in January, experienced air ambulance and film stunt pilot Pete Barnes, 50, was killed when the helicopter he was flying crashed into a crane on the St George Wharf tower, which was still under construction in central London. The burning wreckage ...

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – Aerowest Helicopters of Albuquerque, New Mexico is excited to announce new ownership under Glenn Patterson. Now known as Aerowestern Helicopters, LLC, the full-service helicopter company remains competitive in the Southwest aviation industry. Aerowestern specializes in aerial game survey work, construction support with lift capabilities and aerial film work for the motion picture industry.

Patterson brings over 28 years of flying experience to Aerowestern. His background includes power line patrols, pipeline survey work, aerial film and photography and was also an EMS pilot for seven years. Patterson has owned and operated an FAA Part 135 helicopter operation for the past 10 years.

Service to Customers Expected to be Further Enhanced By Important Additions to Heli-One Helicopter MRO Sales Team

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Heli-One, the world's largest non-OEM helicopter support company, has announced the appointment of two long-time aviation industry leaders to its helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sales team.

The appointments are the latest in a series of milestones as Heli-One expands and enhances customer awareness of and access to its industry-leading global MRO services.

From The Globe and Mail
Canadian air force evaluators warned nearly a decade ago that the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter might not measure up in terms of engine performance, acoustic noise and its ability to resist electronic interference, The Canadian Press has learned ...
From The Age
Helicopters are an ''extremely safe way to travel'', the operators of charter services maintained, as the industry prepared for its biggest day of the year in the wake of a dramatic crash and narrow escape on Saturday evening. A helicopter carrying ...
From Market Size and Drivers ... - SBWire (press releas
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2013 -- This report provides readers with a comprehensive analysis of the Military Rotorcraft market through 2013-2023, including highlights of the demand drivers and growth stimulators for Military Rotorcraft. It also ...
From 2023: Worldwide Industry Share ... - PR Web (press releas
29% of the civil helicopters across the world are used for emergency medical services and law enforcement; however this segment is almost negligible in the context of China, India and Middle Eastern countries. Therefore, manufacturers like Bell ...
Oct 31, 2013 (Menafn - AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --Australian financial services firm Macquarie Group's (ax:MQGCD) Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing helicopter operating leasing business said it has contracted to acquire two S-92A and  ...
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