Helicopter

October 13, 2014 - 12:55pm

The Bell 206L-1 that crashed on October 4 while approaching a hospital helipad in Wichita Falls, Texas, had collided with power lines about one block northeast of the building, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The crash killed the patient and the flight nurse; the pilot, who was interviewed by NTSB investigators, and paramedic were seriously injured.

The Part 135 helicopter was on a night VMC approach to the United Regional Hospital at approximately 1:55 a.m. local when it crashed.

October 10, 2014 - 9:17am
MD Helicopters Cayuse Warrior

MD Helicopters announced contract awards from the U.S. Army to supply and arm MD530F helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. With the U.S. drawing down forces in Afghanistan, the armed helicopters “will expand armed escort, scout attack and close air attack capabilities in support of an increasing operational tempo in the region,” the manufacturer said.

October 8, 2014 - 2:35am

Russian Helicopters has announced major investments in its factories. Kazan Helicopters has inaugurated a $13 million painting and finishing workshop. In Perm, Reductor-PM has started building a new gearbox and transmission assembly and testing facility. Russian Helicopters, which held a 796-aircraft backlog as of June 30, invested $220 million in production capacity last year.

October 7, 2014 - 1:45pm

GrandView Aviation (née Baltimore Helicopter Services) is expanding its charter services from a regional-based program in Baltimore to include worldwide-brokered helicopter and jet flights, as well as helicopter fleet management. It will also coordinate ancillary services such as catering and ground transportation for the brokered trips. The company is aiming its new helicopter fleet management services at clients who are purchasing their first aircraft or expanding their fleet.

October 6, 2014 - 2:40pm

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) recently reorganized a number of resource documents to help helicopter pilots maintain currency. One guide, which is focused on autorotations, evolved after the FAA discovered a need to raise awareness of the risks inherent in conducting these maneuvers in the training environment, particularly the 180-degree autorotation. The guide was also designed to recommend procedures to help reduce those risks.

October 6, 2014 - 2:40am

The Step Change in Safety organization, which represents a number of players in the North Sea oil-and-gas industry, is reporting progress in the implementation of the safety improvement measures required by the UK CAA in its CAP 1145 review. To improve survivability in the event of a ditching, helicopters are being equipped with a better emergency breathing system (EBS) and more attention is being focused on the shape and size of passengers in relation to the size of emergency escape windows.

October 6, 2014 - 12:25am

Preliminary Report: AStar Substantially Damaged During Training

Airbus Helicopters AS350B3, Hemet, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014–The flight instructor and his student, both sheriff’s deputies, received minor injuries when their helicopter landed hard and rolled on its side during a late-morning VMC training flight. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department operated the Part 91 helicopter.

October 5, 2014 - 5:35am

The maintenance and logistics behind keeping big helicopters such as the tandem-rotor Columbia Helicopters 234 and the Erickson Aviation S-64 Air Crane flying can seem downright daunting.

October 5, 2014 - 2:40am

AgustaWestland could fly a larger “next-generation civil tiltrotor” (NGCTR) by 2020. Propelled by internal company studies and research that began in 2000, the larger tiltrotor project is now being pushed to the next level with $328 million in new funding from the Industry/European Union’s CleanSky2 initiative.

October 3, 2014 - 7:41am

Sikorsky performed a ceremonial rollout of the S-97 Raider helicopter at West Palm Beach on October 2. The aircraft is one of two prototypes that are based on the company’s X2 rigid coaxial rotor plus pusher-propeller technology demonstrator that broke the rotary-wing world speed record in 2010. Sikorsky is proposing the Raider as a replacement for the U.S. Army’s large fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors armed aerial scouts, and for special operations.

 
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