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Entries for December 2013

AP Exclusive: Accusations dog Russian copter deal
From TheNewsTribune.com
This photo taken Dec. 5, 2013 shows Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas in Dallas. To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of  ...
US, Russia helicopter deal hits new turbulence
From KOMO News
To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Senior Pentagon officials assured skeptical ...
Night Flight Concepts® Conducts Annual Recurrent NVG Training with Helidosa Aviation Group

Bedford, Texas –Night Flight Concepts® completes annual recurrent NVG training with Helidosa Aviation Group. The annual training supports the pilots of the Helidosa Aviation Group and their on-going EMS flight operations program, which provides life saving night time emergency medical support to the citizens of the Dominican Republic.

“We take great pride in our ongoing relationship with the flight crew at Helidosa Aviation Group,” states Adam Aldous, President Night Flight Concepts®. “The annual training supports the efforts of flight crews who perform life-saving activities on a daily basis in the Dominican Republic. We are passionate about supporting aircrews with the most cutting edge technology, equipment and training in the Night Vision industry.”

Rescue Essentials Announces the launch of ICE (In Case of Emergency) Buckets and Bags

Rescue Essentials is pleased to announce the introduction of two new products designed for the Urban Preparedness market. The Rescue Essentials I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) Buckets and I.C.E. Bags were created to address the most pressing needs of individuals or a family of four, faced with an urban disaster.

Classic Lifeguard opens base in Moab

The opening of the new air ambulance base in Moab, Utah means patients living in Southern Utah will have access to rapid, reliable, and safe emergency care.

MOAB — Classic Lifeguard announced the opening of its newest base of operations located in Moab, Utah. The new base will serve the region with premium air ambulance services and leading industry practices and technology. Classic Lifeguard has made the decision to relocate one of their medically configured Bell 407’s to Moab in order to more effectively impact and serve the community and greater Utah.


Metro Aviation announces new partnership with Avstar Media

Shreveport, Louisiana – Development is underway for Metro Aviation’s new custom training program for maintenance technicians.  A computer-based training program is currently being developed by Avstar Media and will be tailor-made for Metro based on the company’s own training manuals. 

“Avstar Media provides the most current and comprehensive information in a high tech format that trains our personnel to the highest standard,” said Terry Palmer, Director of Training for Metro Aviation.  “We are thrilled to add Avstar Media to our training solutions.”


LAFAYETTE, La. — Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison announced the company will build its new SLS helicopter line at Lafayette Regional Airport, leading to the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility in Louisiana history. The project will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits, while Bell will invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling. LED estimates the aerospace project will result in another 136 new, permanent indirect jobs, for a total of more than 250 new jobs in Acadiana. Bell Helicopter selected Louisiana for the new facility after a highly competitive site-selection process in which several states were seriously considered.

SkyTrac Systems Demonstrates Real-Time Flight Exceedances

Kelowna, BC, Canada - SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce the successful flight test of their Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system in a Bell 212 with Skyline Helicopters Ltd. SkyTrac’s engineers were on site to conduct a test flight with Skyline to demonstrate rotor and engine component exceedances.

From Lake Wylie Pilot
Bell Helicopter is known widely for manufacturing a wide range of civil and military helicopters, and civil and military tilt rotor craft. The SLS will support a wide variety of operations, targeting customer segments including law enforcement ...
From Kansas.com
To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion. Senior Pentagon officials assured skeptical ...
From The Advocate
LAFAYETTE ??? Bell Helicopter said it will locate its planned SLS helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette, a project that by 2015 should create 115 permanent jobs at the plant's Lafayette Regional Airport site and result in tens of millions of dollars in ...
From Napa Valley Register
Later he served as assistant chief of the rotorcraft division of the 120' x 80' wind tunnel. Much of his work both at Bell and NASA can be seen in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, currently being flown by the U.S. Marines and Air Force. Kip retired from ...
From Huffington Post
An extensive analysis of both helicopters concluded a refurbished Chinook would cost about 40 percent more overall to buy and maintain than the Russian helicopter, the senior defense official said. That is hard to fathom. Boeing executives informed  ...
From Dubuque Telegraph Herald
WASHINGTON -- U.S. military officials insisted a top-secret Pentagon study proved the need to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan's security forces. But the study actually recommended a U.S.-made rotorcraft, according to unclassified excerpts ...
From Reuters
The Pentagon has been working with Lithuanian company Aviabaltika and a sister Russian firm, the St. Petersburg Aircraft Repair Company (SPARC), for more than a decade to buy spare parts and overhaul Russian Mi-17 helicopters. Pentagon officials say  ...
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