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January 29, 2007, 5:59 AM

One thing that pilots have in common with most people is that, from time to time, they wish they were doing something else in their chosen field.

January 29, 2007, 5:59 AM

As reported last month in AIN, under FAA requirements civil jets must be equipped with ELTs starting this month. U.S. operators have been advised to consider installing 406-MHz units because satellite monitoring of 121.5-MHz units is scheduled to end in 2009.

January 29, 2007, 5:56 AM

With this year’s Heli-Expo scheduled for February 6 to 8 in Anaheim, Calif., more than four weeks earlier than last year, news from exhibitors was surprisingly thin at the end of last year. AIN

January 29, 2007, 5:52 AM

One of the world’s greatest civil engineering projects, the $8 billion Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) carries crude oil 800 miles south from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to a pipeline terminus at Port Valdez.

January 29, 2007, 5:50 AM

Until the start of the new millennium, the business of monitoring helicopters as they flew over inhospitable expanses of land or water could be a haphazard affair, especially when the helicopter was out of radar or radio contact.

January 29, 2007, 5:48 AM

A New Zealand air ambulance trust has bought a second Sikorsky S-76 to meet a growing demand for emergency medical flights in Auckland. The Northland Emergency Services Trust expects the helicopter to enter service at its Whangarei base in the first quarter of this year.

January 29, 2007, 5:47 AM

Three Columbia Helicopters Chinooks have recently entered service in South America. One is in Ecuador working for AGIP and two are in Peru supporting Occidental Peru and Repsol.

January 29, 2007, 5:46 AM

San Diego’s city council voted unanimously to extend the lease on its fire helicopter for six months. The Bell 212HP is operated by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, but paid for by the county.

January 29, 2007, 5:45 AM

Bell plans to add about 200 jobs at its Amarillo assembly plant this year, as it gears up to meet expected demand for the V-22 Osprey.

January 29, 2007, 5:43 AM

The head of Bell’s new X-Worx center in Arlington, Texas, told AIN that his team is working on a new type of anti-torque device that is “unlike anything you have seen before.”

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