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Entries for December 2013

From Stars and Stripes
Helicopters are widely used in Afghanistan as inter-theater transports due to the threat posed by roadside bombs and land mines and because the mountainous country lacks modern roads. In April, there was a series of crashes: A civilian cargo plane ...
From Theredstonerocket
... an operationally representative mix of capabilities to investigate realistic design trades and enabling technologies with the emerging results in forming the DoD's Future Vertical Lift Family of Systems program to replace the current fleet of ...
Crash leaves Scotland without police helicopter
From Telegraph.co.uk
The twin-engined Eurocopter air support helicopter for Police Scotland was based on the River Clyde (UNS). Wreckage was strewn over a 50-yard area close to power lines and the farm buildings. The helicopter was leased from Bond Helicopters and had  ...

PHOENIX, — Jerry Foster, the recipient of the Harmon Trophy--the highest civilian honor in aviation--has written about his career in a stunning new autobiography Earthbound Misfit.
What began as a job reporting local traffic conditions in a helicopter, evolved into an amazing, high profile career spanning 30 years working for three different television stations in Phoenix. The book covers Foster’s humble beginnings, his uncharted rise through television and news history, his public struggles with the FAA and life after 20 years in the business.

Hillsboro Aviation Helicopter Assists with Unique Avalanche Control Equipment Installation

Hillsboro Aviation assisted the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) with the installation of the O’Bellx gas exploder, the first in North America, at the Cow of the Woods avalanche path in Hoback Canyon near Jackson, WY.

The O’Bellx unit uses compressed hydrogen and oxygen gas to produce an explosive detonation above the snow surface clearing snowfall by triggering slides. This unit is completely self contained which makes the installation process simpler because it only requires a rock anchor in the avalanche starting zone thus making the installation the perfect mission for a helicopter.


Upgraded AB212 of the Spanish Navy’s 3rd Squadron takes flight

Madrid - On December 17, the helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This flight is the first in a series of tests approved by the INTA (National Institute for Aerospace Technology), which were authorized through special experimental airworthiness certification (CAE in its Spanish acronym). This milestone caps off more than three years of concept development, led by the Spanish Navy, with the resulting project being awarded at the end of 2011 to the SENER-INAER AB212 joint venture, formed by the engineering and technology group SENER, which is in charge of the design and integration process, and INAER Helicópteros SAU, which leads installation and certification at its prototype integration center located in Alicante, Spain.

AgustaWestland Strengthens Its Presence In the Far East with New Seoul Office

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The office will strengthen AgustaWestland’s position in the Far East by better serving existing Customers and promoting future business with military, government and commercial Customers.

Why is the U.S. buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistan?
World Magazine
From World Magazine
Posted Dec. 17, 2013, 05:30 p.m.. Lawmakers from both political parties are demanding to know why the United States is buying Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan security forces rather than American-made rotorcraft. A top-secret Pentagon ...
From Jerusalem Post
BEIRUT - Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed on Sunday when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Video uploaded by ...
From Wall Street Journal
The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provides helicopter tours and charter  ...
From New York Times
But the Taliban have shot down helicopters before. The single deadliest day of the war for American forces came in August 2011 when Taliban fighters brought down an American Chinook transport helicopter with rocket-propelled grenades, killing all 38  ...
NCAR Convenes 2nd Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Weather Summit

Washington, D.C. – The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in conjunction with the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), is holding a second HEMS Weather Summit on Wednesday, December 18 in Washington, DC.   The inaugural summit, held in Boulder Colorado in 2006, resulted in the development of the Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) HEMS Weather Tool.

First AS350 Simulator Ready for Training

Shreveport, Louisiana – The Helicopter Flight Training Center has completed the certification of its first simulator, the AS350 FlightSafety flight training device with NVG-capability.  The FAA recently wrapped up their visit to the training facility to give it the green light and Metro Aviation pilots immediately began their recurrent training in the simulator. 

This simulator is available for dry-lease to the helicopter community. Customers are already in line to take advantage of the dry-lease rates on the simulator and the opportunity to enhance their training and overall safety.  “I’m excited about the opportunity to provide not only simulation training, but also assist operators in developing a comprehensive training program,” said Training Center Director Terry Palmer.  

German State Police Order EC145 T2
Aviation Today (subscription)
From Aviation Today (subscription)
The German state police force will use the EC145 T2s to replace a mixed fleet of two other helicopter types, with a total order of six new rotorcraft. Eurocopter plans to equip the helicopters with a modern mission management system configured ...
Eurocopter in worldwide safety alert on 'Clutha crash' helicopter
BBC News
From BBC News
Bond Aviation said in a statement on Monday that the results of the tests on the rest of its helicopters were validated by Eurocopter, and appropriate repairs were made before returning the aircraft to service. The discovery of the fault in Bond's ...
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