Airborne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE) of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, Calif., will be the first customer for FLIR Systems’ Ultra 9HD airborne thermal imaging system. An Ultra 9HD mounted on one of ABLE’s EC 120s is on display at FLIR’s Heli-Expo booth (No. 3928).
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Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) will honor British Columbia-based Helijet International today for achieving 140,000 accident-free hours with its fleet of S-76As. The operator provides scheduled helicopter airline and air ambulance services and has been operating Sikorsky helicopters for more than 20 years. It currently operates five S-76As, one S-61 and a Learjet 31A.
HEMS operator CareFlite is working with the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Program Office to help quantify WAAS benefits to HEMS operations.
CareFlite currently has 18 helipad GPS approaches and will begin integrating WAAS into these approach procedures, beginning with four regional trauma centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Baldwin Aviation of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and CAP Aviation Consulting Group of Daytona Beach, Fla., have combined products to bring aircraft operators an unusual, perhaps even unique, Web-based program that provides safety management with flight-data monitoring. The offering, called “Power of Plus,” is being shown here at Heli-Expo for the first time, at Baldwin Aviation’s booth (No. 2713).
The Eurocopter EC 145 is carving a growing niche among EMS helicopter operators for one main reason: cabin space. The EC 145 features 213 cu ft of cabin space and 50.8 sq ft of tracked flat floor space with enough room, in a pinch, for two patient litters and three medical attendants.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 3819) recently completed initial night- vision goggle (NVG) training for Irish Air Corps pilots and associated flight crews. The No. 3 Operations Wing of the Irish Air Corps is the first and only Irish operator using NVGs. It operates EC 135 and AW139 helicopters and performs a variety of missions including naval air support, reconnaissance, medevac, search-and-rescue and command-and-control.
Switlik Parachute (Booth No. 1828) is aiming for a soft landing at Heli-Expo’09 with a new contract and introduction of a new modular helicopter life vest and a civilian version of the one-man life raft being supplied to the U.S. military.
At the conclusion of four days of National Transportation Safety Board public hearings on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations earlier this month, board member Robert Sumwalt summed up what several witnesses had already conceded: “There is no single magic bullet.”
As of this month, USAIG (U.S. Aircraft Insurance Group, Booth No. 1730) has contributed more than $5.1 million toward Bell, American Eurocopter, MD Helicopters and AgustaWestland training programs through the company’s preferred policyholder program.
Three Eurocopter AS 322 Super Pumas, which Bristow Helicopters (Booth No. 1835) operates from Aberdeen, Scotland, to offshore installations in the North Sea, now carry TCAS II traffic collision avoidance systems, and the operator expects to similarly equip its entire Super Puma fleet by 2010. Bristow announced on Friday that it has designated the Sikorsky S-92 as its next type for TCAS II certification.