Despite a strong push for better safety by HAI through a series of training and awareness programs, total helicopter accidents in the U.S. declined only slightly last year from 80 in 2006 to 78 in 2007, while the total number of fatal accidents increased. Fatalities and off-shore accidents also increased, according to a summary of accidents released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
HAI Convention News » February 24, 2008
Helicopter completions specialist Edwards & Associates has opened a 140,000-sq-ft facility on a 34-acre site in northeast Tennessee. The new building, which according to the company can accommodate 100 helicopter completions simultaneously, features a large maintenance and installation hangar, avionics test center, expanded paint shop and training room.
REB Technologies (Booth No. 4035) of Bedford, Texas, inked a contract with Pilot Shop of South Korea for a night-vision lighting modification of a Eurocopter AS 350B3. The helicopter will enter service with the South Korean government’s Fire Aviation Corps. The modification will be performed in Korea in March, said RebTech president Richard Borkowski.
While Robinson Helicopter has had many visitors to its plant in the company’s 35-year history, certainly none were more noteworthy than President George W. Bush, who stopped by the Torrance, Calif. facility last month to deliver a speech on free trade agreements.