Prompt access to air ambulances can significantly improve the survival odds of stroke patients, according to a recently released University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study. The research found that 45 percent of Americans–135 million people–are more than an hour away from primary stroke centers, the facilities best equipped to care for them if they are stricken by the condition. Less than a quarter of U.S.
Aviation International News » April 2010
The lobbying association for the French helicopter industry, the Union Française de l’Hélicoptère (UFH), is raising concerns about gestating noise rules that could practically ban commercial flights from urban areas. The association fears legislators are writing such a rule with input only from heli- port neighbors, some of whom are members of anti-helicopter associations.
Kaman and Lockheed Martin (Team K-Max) have demonstrated the ability of an unmanned Kaman K-Max to fly troop cargo re-supply missions autonomously and remotely via line-of-sight and satellite-based line-of-sight datalink. The tests
The Clean Sky joint technology initiative, a e1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) private-public partnership on aeronautical research in Europe, has issued its third call for proposals. Working toward the development of a green rotorcraft, the consortium is focusing on engines, aerodynamics and tiltrotors.
The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has selected the Enstrom 480B turbine single as its next-generation training helicopter and is scheduled to take 30 of the aircraft between now and 2014.
PremiAir, the operator of the London Heliport (also known as Battersea), is to open a new passenger terminal “this spring.” It will replace a 50-year-old building that is to be demolished. The increased ramp space will provide greater capacity at peak times. The new facilities were formally handed over by the builder, Weston Homes, on February 11.
Aeronautical Accessories has received for the Bell 407 an STC that increases available useful load by 400 pounds or in-ground-effect hover by 3,000 feet. The STC draws on excess power available from the 407’s Rolls-Royce 250-C47B to support revisions of the 407’s performance charts for in-ground-effect and out-of-ground-effect hover.
Production in 2009 Russian Helicopters last month announced that
its factories produced 183 helicopters last year, an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous year. Of the total, 105 were civil helicopters and nine of those were outfitted in executive configuration. More than 50 percent of the total deliveries were for export. The venerable Mi-8/17 medium twin accounted for 139 deliveries.
AgustaWestland’s Deliveries Up, Orders Down for Last Year
Final agreement over the way the European Union’s new “common basic standards for aviation security” are implemented in the UK will not be achieved by the existing April 29 deadline and could well be delayed at least until late June due to the country’s general election, which at press time is widely expected to be held on May 6.