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Entries for June 2014

Helicopter Specialties, Inc. Announces Rob Leidholdt as Director of Maintenance

Rob came to HSI with over 25 years of military and civilian aircraft maintenance experience and has been a Lead Maintenance technician at HSI for the past 4 years. As an A&P technician, Rob brings his technical skills and leadership abilities to the Director of Maintenance position at HSI.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Accelerates European Success

Fort Worth, TX – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is showcasing the VIP mockup of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom, from June 26 to 29. The Bell Helicopter stand is #2 in the Aviation Exhibition Area and will also feature a Bell 407.

We have a long history in Europe with the Jet Ranger family of aircraft since the first one began flying in Europe in 1967 and customers are excited to see this legacy continue,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of Europe. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event for many of the biggest longtime aviation enthusiasts in the region and provides a wonderful opportunity to exhibit this high performance, high value aircraft.”

 Sikorsky Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract to Develop New Combat Rescue Helicopter

Stratford, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters. Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission.

ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team set up to improve safety in civil helicopter operations

Singapore - With Asia poised to be the fastest growing helicopter market in the coming years, key industry players from the ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) held the inaugural steering committee meeting this month to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in this region.

Russian Helicopters to showcase series-produced and new models of civilian helicopters in China

Moscow - Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the Harbin International Economic and Trade Fair 2014 (Harbin Trade Fair,  now known as China-Russia Expo), which will run from 30 June to 4 July in Harbin, China. The holding will showcase series and new models of helicopters at the event.

“China is Russia’s key strategic partner in all aviation technology supply issues,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We look forward to showcasing current models of Russian-made helicopter, which are already operated in China, and introducing our colleagues to some of our newest developments. In particular – the unrivalled Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter, and medium multirole Mi-171A2, which can be operated by both commercial and state helicopter operators in China alike.”

 NEMSPA “EMS Pilot of the Year” Nominations Now Being Accepted

NEMSPA “EMS Pilot of the Year” Nominations Now Being Accepted at www.poy.nemspa.org

Do you know a phenomenal hardworking pilot in the EMS industry that should be recognized for their professionalism, achievements and contributions to the safety of the air medical industry?  Now’s your chance to say thank you!

Shrinking Army Fights National Guard For Vital Combat Helicopters
From Forbes
When the Air Force was split off from the Army to form an independent military service after World War Two, airmen got almost all the planes and soldiers got almost all the helicopters. Ever since then, Army Aviation has been about rotorcraft. There ...
From Newsmax.com
According to a statement from Art Del Cueto, president of the union representing the Border Patrol Tucson Sector, Mexico contacted U.S. authorities to offer an apology after the helicopters had crossed back over the border, News 4 Tucson reported. This ...
Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit
From Reuters
"I saw one of the helicopters land opposite the university with my own eyes and I saw clashes between dozens of militants and government forces," he said. Jubbour said one helicopter crash-landed in the stadium. Another left after dropping off troops ...
Lockheed Martin awarded $1.28B to build helicopter fleet
NBC Connecticut
(WBNG Binghamton) Lockheed Martin in Owego and Sikorsky Aircraft have been awarded a $1.28 billion contract to build a new fleet of helicopters for the U.S. Air Force. The project will replace the current fleet of combat search and rescue helicopters ...
From Crikey (blog)
The twenty year old student from Perth, studying combined Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) and Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science), clearly sees a future in the design and development of rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft ...
United Tech Wins $1.3B Air Force Helicopter Contract
NBC Connecticut
From Fox Business
United Tech, the lone bidder for the contract, said its Sikorsky Aircraft unit will base the new helicopter on its UH-60 Black Hawk. The agreement includes the delivery of four Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace the aging HH-60G Pave Hawk, which was ...
American Helicopter Museum Honors Project Zero with 2014 Achievement Award

Finmeccanica - AgustaWestland was honored this week with the 2014 American Helicopter Museum and Education Center Achievement Award for advancements in rotary wing technologies based on the success of the Project Zero tiltrotor demonstrator.

Accepting the award on behalf of AgustaWestland at the American Helicopter Museum’s annual gala was Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Development, for a “significant impact to furthering rotary-wing aviation during the past year.”

Philadelphia Police Department bolsters airborne mission capabilities with acquisition of Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – The Philadelphia Police Department has taken delivery of the first of two new Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 AStar helicopters, becoming the latest in a long and growing list of U.S. law enforcement agencies to utilize this high performance aircraft produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI).

Army vets blast PC police for attacking Apache, Chinook helicopters as racist
Washington Times
From Washington Times
He added that the helicopter names were ???propaganda??? that needed to end, because Native American life expectancy statistics indicate the ???violence is ongoing, even if the guns are silent.??? Readers at the popular military news gathering website Doctrine ...
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