Disaster

March 14, 2007 - 1:42pm

HAI president Matt Zuccaro sees a bright future for the helicopter industry and is optimistic that Heli-Expo’07 may break attendance records set at last year’s show
in Dallas. “Indications are that we have a chance at it,” he said at yesterday’s HAI press conference.

March 14, 2007 - 12:09pm

On March 23, 2004, an Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76A transporting eight oil workers crashed in the Gulf of Mexico at night, killing the passengers along with the two pilots.

March 12, 2007 - 1:03pm

On Tuesday, the NTSB issued a full dozen safety recommendations (A-07-18 to -29) to the FAA directed at air-tour operations, most of them specifically addressing such operations in Hawaii.

The general recommendations for all commercial air-tour operations include the requirement that all helicopters flying tours over water (regardless of the length of time) be amphibious or equipped with fixed or inflatable floats.

March 12, 2007 - 1:01pm

Sky Connect (Booth No. 1110) arrived in Orlando celebrating what it calls “the industry’s largest ever tracker product sale,” 125 Iridium-based satellite tracking and phone systems to offshore oil operator Air Logistics.

March 12, 2007 - 12:48pm

Without doubt, Coulson’s most famous helicopter is S/N 61428. In 1977, while operating as New York Airways’ N619PA, the S-61L was involved in one of New York City’s most highly publicized accidents, the deadly rollover of the helicopter high atop a landmark skyscraper.

March 12, 2007 - 12:32pm

Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., announced on Tuesday it had completed the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC requirements for its Powerline Detection System on a Eurocopter AS 355F2. Official issuance of the STC is expected later this month. The helicopter used in the flight tests is operated by Paris-based Trans Helicopter Service, which will market and distribute the system in Europe.

March 12, 2007 - 12:19pm

Annual U.S. turbine helicopter accidents for singles and twins dropped slightly last year, a reflection of an improving safety picture combined with steady, or possibly slightly declining, usage rates compared with 2005. Those were the preliminary opinions of noted business aviation safety expert Bob Breiling of Robert E. Breiling and Associates.

March 12, 2007 - 12:00pm

Boeing and AgustaWestland (Booth No. 529) have signed a memorandum of understanding for joint work on the next-generation Chinook for the Italian Army. The deal could lead to similar joint opportunities in the future.

March 12, 2007 - 11:59am

Following last year’s NTSB recommendation that all turbine-powered helicopters be equipped with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), Air Logistics has decided to upgrade its newer medium and heavy twin-engine helicopters with Honeywell enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS).

March 12, 2007 - 9:41am

Bell 206 JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The pilot of JetRanger N35BA was killed when the helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from Bonifay, 95 miles east of Pensacola. The accident pilot had flown the JetRanger, registered to Lakeland,Fla.-based Lance Aviation, the previous week for contract work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was returning to base.

 
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