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Entries for June 2014

New Upgraded Military Helicopter Whirls into British Fleet
From LiveScience.com
The British Royal Air Force (RAF) unveiled the first upgraded Chinook helicopter of a planned new fleet this week. The helicopters are part of the country's $1.7 billion (1 billion pounds) campaign to strengthen their military force. The new Chinook ...
Metro Aviation delivers third air medical aircraft to Northwest MedStar

Shreveport, Louisiana – Northwest MedStar recently received its newest Airbus EC135.  The latest addition is the third helicopter completed and delivered by Metro Aviation in the past year, bringing the total helicopter fleet to seven for the Spokane-based program. 

“Metro pays close attention to the needs of Northwest MedStar and comes up with proven ways to meet and exceed our standards,” says Northwest MedStar Director Eveline Bisson.  “I can count on the work to be top quality.  When a new aircraft arrives, it looks ready for a showroom floor and functions like a high-tech flying emergency room.”

EagleMed Air Medical Transport Selects Metro Aviation for Helicopter Flight Sim Training

Wichita, Kan. – EagleMed LLC critical care air medical transport company has
selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots.  EagleMed will conduct this important training at Metro Aviation’s Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, La., utilizing a Eurocopter AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device.

From New York Times
If we had our own personal mini-helicopters that were almost as easy to fly as cars are to drive, and we could take off from our backyards, soar over the traffic and peer down at the earthbound masses, trudging along below. That would be cool. As it ...
Tour helicopter in Maui hard landing carried Make-a-Wish family
KITV Honolulu
From KHON2
A visiting Make-A-Wish family got quite a scare Tuesday morning when its helicopter tour abruptly ended with a hard landing on Maui. The family of six from Bellevue, Ill. was just starting its tour with Sunshine Helicopters when the aircraft ...
Airbus Helicopters Inc. delivers new Mississippi-built AS350 B3e helicopter to Mississippi Department of Public Safety

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing accepted delivery Tuesday of an Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter is a Mississippi-built product.


PARIS —Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is making its debut at the Eurosatory defense and security trade show this week.  Donaldson will display air and liquid filtration systems that have protected military ground vehicles and their crews in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 30 years, as well as advanced technology filtration systems that protect aircraft engines and other critical systems, including Inlet Barrier Filters and Universal Filter Modules for helicopters. Visit Donaldson in Hall 5, Stand C750, during Eurosatory at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.


EULESS, TX – Aero Dynamix, Inc. is proud to announce they have been granted another EASA NVG STC. This time the EASA STC is on a Bell 412EP, EASA STC number 10049194. This is the first of two 412EP’s Aero Dynamix will modify for the Faroe Islands operator, Atlantic Airways, which will use the modified aircraft for search and rescue (SAR) missions. 

Helicopters are once again landing at Vancouver Coastal Health’s (VCH) St. Mary’s Hospital as its upgraded heliport reopened on June 9, 2014.

With Transport Canada’s recent inspection and approval of the $175,000 in upgrades funded by the provincial government, the heliport will transport patients for a range of critical-care needs.

S-97 RAIDER™ Helicopter Powered On for First Time As Next-Gen Rotorcraft Moves Closer to First Flight

West Palm Beach, Florida - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER™ prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new – and first – light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology™. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Itajubá, Brazil – The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry.

Night Vision Awards Committee Makes Final Call for Entries for 2014 Awards at ALEA Annual Conference and Exhibition

BOISE, Idaho -  The Night Vision Awards selection committee announced today they are now taking nominations for the 2014 Night Vision Awards Show to be held in Phoenix, AZ at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference. Entries will be accepted until June 30.  The awards will be presented to recipients on Thursday, July 17 at an awards reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

From Wall Street Journa
"This is next-generation rotorcraft taking shape, with an aggressive schedule for getting air under the tires of the first RAIDER helicopter before the end of the year," said Mark Miller, vice president of Research & Engineering. "We are making great ...
Marines, Four US Warships Head Toward Iraq
The Mesa Verde carries approximately 550 Marines and about five Osprey planes, tilt rotor craft that can take off and land like helicopters, but fly like planes. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said deploying the USS Bush will give Obama ...
RAF unveils first of 14 new Chinook helicopters
BBC News
From BBC News
The RAF has received the first of its 14 new Chinook helicopters, as part of a ??1bn scheme to provide a "significant uplift" to its helicopter fleet. The Ministry of Defence announced plans for the helicopters in 2011. They will bring the RAF's Chinook ...
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