Travelers’ Atlanta-based aviation division yesterday announced that it will be expanding its corporate flight coverage to include hull and liability insurance for Part 135 and small business accounts.
Acknowledging that “there is no doubt that the environmental movement we are seeing today could be the greatest challenge confronting [the aviation] industry in quite some time,” National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne yesterday announced the creation of the association’s new Environmental Committee.
New England EMS operator MedStar Transport is to equip its EC 135 and BK 117 fleet with Sky Connect satellite terminals, to provide automated tracking and voice com-munications with the aircraft through the Iridium satellite network.
Meanwhile, the Helicopter Association of Australia (HAA) has set up a disaster committee that will help local and international agencies quickly pinpoint the helicopter resources nearest to disaster areas.
Engineers from British consortium FBH (Bristow Helicopters and FR Group) are maintaining two Bell 212s that have been sent from Brunei to Sumatra, to support the disaster relief program following the December earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.
As a result of its ongoing investigation into the November 28 fatal takeoff accident of a Challenger 604 in Montrose, Colo., the NTSB has issued a special alert involving the detection and effects of ice accumulation on aircraft wings.
Bell 407, Newberry, S.C., July 13, 2004–The NTSB blamed the EMS helicopter accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain terrain clearance as a result of fog conditions. A contributing factor was inadequate weather and dispatch information relayed to him.
With growing environmental concerns about fuel, oil, de-icing fluids and even washwater, FBOs have had to spool up to speed in their knowledge of stormwater runoff from their airport properties.
In January, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) urged its members to press their Congressional representatives to support improved communications and weather services over the Gulf of Mexico.
Columbia Helicopters will send a second Boeing Vertol 234 Chinook to Papua New Guinea, to work on heli-rig contracts with local exploration company Oil Search.
Both aircraft will be used to lift components of oil and gas drilling rigs and ancillary equipment above areas of dense jungle to remote drilling locations that are inaccessible by road.