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Entries for January 2014

Bell Announces Agreement with Wiltshire Air Ambulance to Operate a Bell 429 Air Ambulance in the UK

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) will become the second operator in the UK to add a Bell 429 to their fleet for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operations. The agreement, signed with Bell’s independent representative Heli-Charter Ltd., further solidifies Bell Helicopter’s growing momentum in the European market. Wiltshire’s Bell 429 will be configured for HAA and outfitted with the most recent Aerolite equipment to meet the highest helicopter air ambulance specifications. It is the second HAA-configured Bell 429 announced in the U.K. after Bell Helicopter reached an agreement with Heli-Charter Ltd. in September 2013.

Helicopter Industry Well Represented at Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research (A³IR) Conference

Phoenix, AZ – While highlighting challenges facing the aviation industry for the 21st century, the inaugural A³IR conference in Phoenix Jan. 17-18 included research presentations focused on the helicopter industry.

Stacy Sheard, a production test pilot for Sikorsky Helicopters and an Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus graduate student, presented preliminary data on a research project she is currently working on that examines the value of a bachelor’s degree for helicopter pilots.  After receiving more than 600 surveys from helicopter industry professionals, Sheard has a compiled a wealth of data.  Once completed, her research will provide valuable insight to entry-level helicopter pilots as well as insight for educators on areas for curriculum improvement.

 

Soldier killed in helicopter accident in Georgia ID'd
abc13.com
From abc13.com
All were members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which flies helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Based at Fort Campbell, Ky., the unit has a battalion in Savannah. Take ABC13 with you! Download our free apps for  ...
From Arizona Republic
Utton has three radio-controlled helicopters for photographs and a six-blade rotorcraft for video. The lightweight copters can cost as much as $5,000, Utton said. He assembles the aircraft and builds the rigging for his cameras, which include a small ...
From PR Newswire (press
Additionally, it forecasts industry executives' optimism towards strategic alliances and technology-transfer agreements, change in budget expectations towards military aircraft and rotorcraft MRO, likely changes in MandA activity in military aviation ...
From PennEnergy (press release)
ABERDEEN, UK ??? Lease Corporation International's (LCI) helicopter division has taken delivery of its fifth AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter. It has placed the aircraft on lease with Bond Offshore Helicopters (Bond) in Aberdeen. Bond will operate the 15 ...
From Kansas City Star
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ??? U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen can now major in nuclear engineering, and the school is offering aerospace engineering majors a chance to specialize in rotorcraft engineering for Navy and Marine Corps leadership positions related to  ...
From High Performance Composites
The Relentless is a Super Medium rotorcraft with expected use in the oil and gas sector, corporate, emergency medical, firefighting, and parapublic transport. Manufacturing will take place at Bell Helicopter's facility in Amarillo, Texas, and first ...
Universal Avionics Appoints Robert Randall as Senior Sales Manager, U.S.

TUCSON, AZ – Robert Clare, Universal Avionics’ Director of Sales, announced today that Mr. Robert Randall has been appointed to the position of Senior Sales Manager, U.S. for the company. In this new role, Mr. Randall will manage Universal Avionics’ Regional Sales Managers and oversee all Authorized Dealer sales for the United States.

“Robert has demonstrated consistent management skills as a Regional Sales Manager during his tenure here,” said Robert Clare. “His diverse background will be beneficial in overseeing the retrofit sales efforts in the United States,” he added.

 The Safariland Group Adds Innovative Sons Trauma Kit to its Life-Saving Offerings

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group announces today an agreement with Phokus Research Group to distribute the innovative Sons Trauma Kit to its public safety customers. These kits feature a low-profile, flat design at only one-half inch thick and about one-half pound in weight, and offers quick accessibility for life-saving first responder treatment. They are extremely durable and uniquely carried comfortably and securely behind the operator’s ballistic trauma plate or under concealable armor and easily removed when needed. The Sons Trauma Kit is offered in two standard sizes with a total of five varieties to offer kits for various missions or team preferences.

Mustang Survival Offers Free Inflatable PFD Inspection Service at the Vancouver International Boat Show

BURNABY, BC – As the official personal floatation device (PFD) of the Vancouver Boat Show, Mustang Survival is happy to provide free onsite inflatable PFD inspection services to all boat show attendees. Inflatable PFDs should be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure they are in good condition. Boat show attendees with questions about the maintenance or re-arming of their PFD are encouraged to come by the Mustang Survival booth #265 to speak with product experts. Additionally, Mustang Survival will be giving away a free M.I.T. 100 Inflatable PFD at the show. Stop by for details on how to register.

Sikorsky, Canada Stitch Up Troubled Military Helicopter Deal
Aviation International News
From Hartford Courant
On Monday, Sikorsky announced it had delivered the first in its latest version of commercial helicopters for use in airlifting oil rig workers to and from offshore platforms. The first fully configured S-76D helicopter was sent to the Bristow Group Inc ...
From CBS Local
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ??? U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen can now major in nuclear engineering, and the school is offering aerospace engineering majors a chance to specialize in rotorcraft engineering for Navy and Marine Corps leadership positions related to  ...
US Army Helicopter 'Hard Landing' Kills Soldier
BBC News
From Sky News
The aircrew belongs to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which trains to fly helicopters behind enemy lines under cover of darkness. Nicknamed the Night Stalkers, the unit was responsible for flying Navy Seals into Pakistan during the ...
Somerset's Westland helicopter deal could be linked to Amritsar temple massacre
Western Daily Press
From Western Daily Pres
Helicopters built in the West might have been bought by India almost 30 years ago to 'return the favour' for the SAS involvement in a mission which ended in a massacre at the Amritsar temple in 1984. That was the claim made by one MP yesterday, after  ...
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