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The New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA) has launched a new initiative designed to further improve flight safety after the country’s helicopter accident rate has plateaued. Under the initiative, the association will use information from the country's Civil Aviation Authority's accident database to look for trends in the reports and develop resilience strategies to be published in regular bulletins.

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(Moscow Times) - A UN peacekeeping helicopter in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday and three of its crew were killed, Russian airline UTair, which owns the aircraft, said, citing initial information. The airline said the helicopter, carrying four crew members, had been shot down as it flew over an area that has been a flashpoint during a civil conflict that is now more than eight months old.

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Washington, DC (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights.

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Washington (PRNewswire) - Columbia Helicopters, Inc. has opened a new facility which will be totally focused on the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of military helicopters.

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Vertical - The Night Vision Awards selection committee presented the Mark of Excellence Award and the NightCon Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 NightCon seminar in Dallas, Texas on August 20 in front of more than 100 industry leaders.

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phys.org - A lot of people are reflecting on how far aviation has come in the last century. Could this be the future: a plane with many electric motors that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane, and that could revolutionize air travel?

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skinet.com - Before the second half of the 20th century, it was a very different endeavor when it came to accessing skiing in all the pristine, snowy peaks of the world. The price of that powder was usually a multi-day, self-supported, often exploratory expedition. For today’s booming scene of heli-skiing operations around the globe, powder enthusiasts can thank a few enterprising and ambitious Austrian skiers who left post-World War II Europe for North America with empty pockets, big dreams and a love of the mountains.

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Mission, Texas (valleycentral.com) - A Mission man is accused of pointing a laser at a Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter, which temporarily blinded the pilot.

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Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson News Now) - Some trails in Saguaro National Park will be closed as crews take to the air to deal with an alien invader, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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Spokane, Wash. (kxly.com) - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is taking ownership of two more helicopters to add to its Air 1 program, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

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