HAI affiliate the Eastern Region Helicopter Council worked with the FAA to update the New York City VFR helicopter route chart. The main body of the chart was expanded to include three additional airports, and a new Long Island inset was added.
Aviation International News » December 2006
Sikorsky Aircraft plans to open a new engineering center in Fort Worth, Texas, next year to support the company’s growing U.S. government, commercial and aftermarket business. The 25,000-sq-ft facility at First Command Plaza will employ about 100 aerospace professionals drawn mostly from the Fort Worth-Dallas area. Job fairs are set to begin next month.
Helicopter pilots Jennifer Murray, 66, and Colin Bodill, 55, intend to take off on December 5 for a second attempt to fly round the world via the South and North Poles. They will fly their Bell 407 from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Dallas. They expect
to travel for 169 days, visit 34 countries and cover 36,206 nm.
Several major hospitals in India have sought permission to launch helicopter emergency medical services (EMS), Indian news Web site The Hindu reported last month. They have applied to the DGCA, the country’s civil aviation authority, which has not yet made a decision. Among the hospitals’ request was permission to build rooftop helipads.
The Carabineros de Chile has ordered four AgustaWestland A109 Powers for law enforcement, search-and-rescue and transport operations. The first helicopter is to be delivered in the first quarter of next year. AgustaWestland also announced it will soon establish an authorized service center in Chile.
A Eurocopter Super Puma crashed in the South China Sea, 103 miles off the Malaysian coast, on November 5, Malaysian national news agency Bernama reported last month. The aircraft was operated by Malaysian Helicopter Services Aviation and chartered by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production, which subsequently stopped chartering the type in Malaysia.
U.S. pilots with Type 2 diabetes mellitus that is controlled by diet alone are eligible for any class of license through the regular issuance procedure, provided they have no evidence of associated disqualifying cardiovascular, neurological, renal or ophthalmological disease.
Diabetes is a chronic condition in which patients have too much glucose in their blood. Patients will suffer dangerously high blood-sugar levels because their bodies cannot make enough of the hormone insulin.
Plenty of people had a lot riding on Andrew Hoy’s enjoying a long and prosperous career as a professional pilot. Quite apart from his wife and kids, his bank manager had approved loans of almost £100,000 ($190,000) to fund commercial flight training for both fixed-wing types and helicopters. And his grandfather had chipped in more money when the bank could lend no more to complete a self-funded path to an airline transport pilot license.
Dutch operator Denim Air, which claims to be Europe’s leading regional airline aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) service provider, is expanding its twin-turboprop fleet and considering adding small jetliners to meet increased demand for wet-lease capacity, including requirements outside the region. The company has also secured a number of new or renewed contracts.