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Pipeline Energy & Refinery News
Thursday, August 01, 2013 (1074 reads)


Americans are paying billions of dollars for natural gas that leaks from aging pipelines before making it to homes.



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Privatisation of UK SAR Helicopters Raises Safety and Job Fears
Friday, February 01, 2013 (2150 reads)


The Guardian - The Royal Navy is celebrating its 60th year of search and rescue operations in the UK (the RAF marked its 70th anniversary last year). Both services have fantastic histories and are packed with great characters. But the days of their distinctive, and much loved, grey and navy helicopters, and the yellow RAF ones, are numbered. This spring the Department for Transport is due to award a 10-year £3bn contract to a private company or companies to run SAR services in the UK.



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Helicopters to Spray for Mosquitoes in Novato and San Rafael
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 (1153 reads)


Cotati, Calif. (Marin Independent Journal) - The Marin-Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District to use helicopter to fog for mosquito larvae at McInnis Park in San Rafael and Deer Island Basin.



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Aerial Firefighters See Challenges to Fleet Modernization Continuing
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (1018 reads)


Washington, D.C. (prnewswire.com) - Representatives of the U.S. aerial firefighting industry predict ongoing challenges involving fleet modernization, as legacy aircraft continue to age.



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Anti-Pirate Wildcat Helicopter Unveiled by Royal Navy
Monday, January 28, 2013 (1139 reads)


The Scotsman - Boasting a fearsome armoury, the new state-of the-art helicopter is the Royal Navy's latest recruit which will play a vital role in protecting its fleet around the world.



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First Presidential V-22 Takes Flight
Monday, January 28, 2013 (1057 reads)


NAVAIR News - The first MV-22 has been assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1. More than a dozen MV-22s, the Marine Corps variant of the V-22 Osprey, will be assigned to HMX-1. The MV-22s will provide logistics and passenger support to Marine One flights and will fly VIPs in and around Washington, D.C.



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La. Man Gets Prison for Shooting at Helicopter
Friday, January 25, 2013 (1020 reads)


Alexandria, La. (San Francisco Chronicle) — A Sikes man has been sentenced to more than three years for shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter during a drug surveillance operation.



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Volocopter Two-Seater in Development
Friday, January 25, 2013 (965 reads)


avweb.com - E-Volo, a German company that successfully flew an innovative electric-powered vertical-takeoff aircraft in 2011, now says it is ready to build a two-person design.



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Helicopter Pilot Becomes RAF Chief for First Time
Thursday, January 24, 2013 (1421 reads)


The Telegraph - The Royal Air Force will be commanded by a helicopter pilot for the first time in its 95-year history. Air Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford will become Chief of the Air Staff in a shake-up of senior Armed Forces posts, the first non-fighter pilot to hold the job. The Royal Navy will also have a new chief, as Admiral Sir George Zambellas becomes First Sea Lord, a former helicopter pilot and frigate captain.



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MH-60S Underpowered for MCM Towing Operations, Report Finds
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (1022 reads)


Janes - According to a report issued by the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, the U.S. Navy's future airborne mine countermeasure MH-60S helicopter is unable to tow the minehunting sonar or minesweeping system forming part of the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures module mission module.



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Iran to Build New Indigenous Helicopter
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (817 reads)


Press TV - Iran's Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology is building an indigenous eight-seat helicopter which will be unveiled in the next two years.



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Army Aviation Long-Term Plans Not Forthcoming
Thursday, January 17, 2013 (970 reads)


National Harbor, Md. (National Defense Magazine) — Defense industry executives have called on the U.S. Army to be more forthcoming on its aviation requirements. Companies are willing to use their internal research-and-development funds to invest in new technologies and platforms, but they also have to be able to communicate with their shareholders that those investments are aligned with what the military needs.



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Adams Electric to Begin Helicopter Patrols
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (1142 reads)


Shippensburg, Pa. (The Evening Sun) - Adams Electric is to begin its 2013 aerial inspections by patrolling critical overhead distribution lines and equipment, including lines in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy last fall. The patrols are scheduled to begin in the Shippensburg area and then proceed to the Gettysburg area and then to the York area.



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Tourists Shine Lights at Rescue Helicopter
Friday, January 11, 2013 (1243 reads)


Australia (news.com.au) - The pilot of a Queensland rescue helicopter targeted by revellers while trying to land on Fraser Island said it was teamwork and crew experience that helped avert disaster.



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Armed Scout Helicopter Competition Sees Further Delays
Thursday, January 10, 2013 (997 reads)


National Defense Magazine - If the U.S. Army decides to hold a competition to replace its aging Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter fleet, the earliest the defense industry could expect to see a request for proposals is the summer of 2014.



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Linemen Performe Work by Helicopter to Keep Power On
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 (994 reads)


Manassas Park, Va. (myfoxdc.com) - Haverfield Aviation, Inc. have been hired by Virginia Dominion Power. They arrive at work by MD500 helicopter and are lowered by helicopter onto power poles that stretch 100 feet in the air.



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HAL to Release Weaponized ALH Rudra at Aero Show
Monday, January 07, 2013 (962 reads)


Bangalore, India (The Times of India) -  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is set to release the weaponized version of Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Rudra, at the Aero India 2013, to be held in the second week of February in Bangalore.



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Laser Aimed at Helicopter Results in Arrest
Friday, January 04, 2013 (1561 reads)


Ontario, Canada (thestar.com) - A Vaughan teen was arrested early Jan. 4, accused of pointing a laser at a police helicopter and obstructing the pilot's vision.



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Helicopters Flying over NOVA as Part of Radiation Assessment
Thursday, January 03, 2013 (3839 reads)


fallschurch.patch.com - Helicopters are being used as part of a radiation assessment by the National Nuclear Security Administration. They began flying over the northern Virginia area Dec. 27, measuring naturally occurring radiation. The flights will continue until Jan. 11 during daylight hours only.



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Northland Rescue Helicopter Zapped with Laser
Thursday, January 03, 2013 (1289 reads)


Maunu, New Zealand (The Northern Advocate) - A high-powered green laser light shone into the cockpit of the Northland rescue helicopter on Dec. 30, as the crew prepared to land after an emergency call-out, has angered aviation officials.



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Helicopter Crew Help Arrest 136 Suspects
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (915 reads)


Derbyshire, England (Ripley and Heanor News) - The police helicopter crew helped arrest 136 crime suspects in Derbyshire between January 1 and December 1 2012. During the same period, the crews searched for 134 missing people, traced 29 stolen or suspect vehicles and airlifted four casualties to hospital.



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Arctic Drill Ship Runs Aground off Alaska
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 (1134 reads)


Anchorage, Alaska (thestar.com) - The U.S. Coast Guard was trying to determine Jan. 1 whether a strong Alaska storm had abated enough to allow for a helicopter to assess the condition of a drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water off a small island.



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Russia, India Sign Helicopter, Jet Deal
Friday, December 28, 2012 (1368 reads)


New Delhi (DefenseNews) - India has contracted weapons purchases worth around $3 billion from Russia during Russian President Vladmir Putin’s Dec. 24 visit to New Delhi.



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South Sudan Army Shoots Down UN Helicopter
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 (1102 reads)


National Post - South Sudan's armed forces shot down a U.N. helicopter on Friday killing all four crew members on board, the United Nations said.
 



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World Civil Helicopter Market to Hit $3.69bn in 2013
Friday, December 21, 2012 (1211 reads)


PRWeb - According to new report 'Global Civil Helicopter Market 2013-2023: Commercial Prospects for Rotorcraft,' the value of the global civil helicopter market in 2013 will hit $3.69bn.



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PM to Have Isles of Scilly Meeting 'If Necessary'
Thursday, December 20, 2012 (1594 reads)


Cornwall, England (BBC News) - British Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to meet residents of the Isles of Scilly if he is needed to help secure a new helicopter service from Cornwall, he told the House of Commons.



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Russian Helicopter Fleet to Receive Boost
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (1252 reads)


Russia Beyond the Headlines - Russia's Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Yuri Slyusar, recently announced that the state program for the promotion of the aviation industry was approved by the government in November and will be adopted by the end of the year.



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Officials Use Low-Flying Helicopter to Survey Deer
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (1099 reads)


Denver, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will be surveying deer from a low-flying helicopter from Dec. 24.



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Boy Charged after Laser Shone at Police Helicopter
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (1276 reads)


Kent, England (BBC News) - A boy has been charged after a laser pen was shone at a helicopter as its crew helped search for an injured man near Hersden in Kent.



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Huey on-call to Fight Fires
Monday, December 17, 2012 (1238 reads)


Australia (echonews.com.au) - Northern Rivers has a Bell Huey helicopter at its disposal. The machine will be used on the Far North Coast and in Southern Queensland to water-bomb fires, assist during other natural disasters, and perform aerial crane procedures.



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Cenovus Energy Designs Flying Oilsands Rig
Monday, December 17, 2012 (1247 reads)


Calgary, Canada (Calgary Herald) - Senior oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. reveals that a pilot program to use a helicopter and an experimental lightweight rig to drill stratigraphic test wells is working so well it is building a second rig to put to work next year.



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Ride the Skies with a Hoverbike
Thursday, December 13, 2012 (1035 reads)


business-opportunities.biz - People have been dreaming of hover devices since Back to the Future. An Australian inventor is helping make the hover dream come true with his new Hoverbike.



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Pentagon Backs Air Force Approach in Helicopter Competition
Thursday, December 13, 2012 (1937 reads)


Reuters - The Pentagon has backed the U.S. Air Force's handling of a $6.8 billion helicopter competition, but says it may have to use other tools to ensure a good price after five of the six potential bidders pulled out.



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India Confirms Chinook Wins Helicopter Tender
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (1537 reads)


India & Russia Report - Russia According to the Indian Defence Ministry, the Indian Air Force has chosen the Boeing Chinook over Russian Mi-26 helicopters in a tender for the delivery of 15 heavy-lift helicopters.



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Electronic News Gathering Pioneer, John D. Silva, Dies at 92
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (1288 reads)


Los Angeles Times - John D. Silva was the chief engineer for KTLA-TV in 1958 when he outfitted a Bell helicopter with a TV camera and changed television news coverage forever. His "Telecopter" was the first of its kind and remains a staple of local television news stations to this day, along with the mobile unit he also had a hand in developing.



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Helicopters May Assist in Upgrade of Dalkey Island Harbour
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 (1005 reads)


County Dublin, Ireland (Afloat) - Up to 500 helicopter flights over an eight-day timeframe could be operating across the 300m wide Dalkey Sound, following proposed plans to upgrade the island's slipway harbour were unveiled.



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Indian Army to Have Own Heavy Attack Helicopter Fleet
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 (982 reads)


New Delhi, India (The Economic Times) - The Indian gvernment has decided to allow the Army to have its own heavy duty attack helicopter fleet, Defence Minister A K Antony has said.



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Idaho-Based Company Uses Helicopter to Move Logs
Monday, December 10, 2012 (1101 reads)


Darby, Ohio (ravallirepublic.com) - An Idaho-based helicopter logging company has used the Logger Days grounds as its base station as it finishes hauling out the last logs from the Bitterroot National Forest's Trapper-Bunkhouse fuel reduction project.



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Robinson President Named to Executive Committee of IHST
Monday, December 10, 2012 (897 reads)


helimx.com - The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a worldwide organization leading a multi-year effort to enhance safety and reduce the civil helicopter accident rate, has added Robinson Helicopter Company President Kurt Robinson to its Executive Committee.



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Helicopter Market Propelled Upward
Monday, December 10, 2012 (1003 reads)


China Daily - Foreign helicopter manufacturers are confident of benefiting from the growth of China's aviation market and their Chinese counterparts' development of production lines.



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U.S. Army Testing Autonomous BLACK HAWK Helicopter
Friday, December 07, 2012 (1800 reads)


dailytech.com - The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center recently conducted a demonstration test of a specially equipped JUH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter that needs no pilots to land, fly, and avoid threats.



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Police to Spend $3.5 Million on Replacing Helicopters
Friday, December 07, 2012 (2206 reads)


Calgary (Calgary Herald) — Aiming to cut costly helicopter repair bills, Calgary police are putting out a tender call to trade and replace its 1999 HAWC helicopter.



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U.S. Army Targets High Speed For Rotorcraft Demo
Friday, December 07, 2012 (1059 reads)


Aviation Week - As it draws up requirements for an advanced rotorcraft to replace its Sikorsky UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters after 2030, the U.S. Army wants to demonstrate configurations capable of speeds up to 230 kt. — 50 percent faster than today's helicopters.



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Helicopter Helps Border Patrol to Drug Bust in Starr County
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 (986 reads)


Garciasville, Texas (themonitor.com) — The watchful eye in the sky of a Border Patrol helicopter led to the discovery of more than 2,800 pounds of marijuana Nov. 29 in Starr County.



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Helicopter Used to String Electrical Lines
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 (1046 reads)


Waterford, Conn. (The Day) — With the precision of a surgeon and the finesse of a tailor, a helicopter hovered about 100 feet above the ground on Boston Post Road, pulling and threading nylon rope into a pulley mounted on new high-voltage towers.



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Flying Santa Touches Down in Helicopter
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 (1198 reads)


New Castle, N.H. (seacoastonline.com) - The snow swirled around the landing pad at Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor on Dec. 1 as the helicopter carrying Santa touched down to the delight of 25 military children and their families.



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Helicopter Pilot Retires after Military, State Police Careers
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 (931 reads)


Cumberland, Md. (Cumberland Times-News) - Hundreds of people have been rescued and scores of lives saved by helicopter crews led by David Cooper, a military and police pilot who is stepping out of uniform after more than 40 years of service. Cooper retired Dec. 1 after outstanding careers in both the Maryland State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard. His latest service was a state police pilot for Trooper 5 in Cumberland.



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Jail Threat to Man who Shone Laser at Helicopter
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (1271 reads)


Yorkshire, England (Yorkshire Evening Post) - A man who shone a laser pen at the West Yorkshire Police helicopter as it was helping to investigate a break-in at a school in the Lupset area of Wakefield on Sept. 8 this year was handed a suspended prison sentence Nov. 27.



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Pentagon Eyes Project to Preserve Helicopter Design Capabilities
Thursday, November 29, 2012 (1510 reads)


Reuters - The U.S. Defense Department may fund initial work on a new military helicopter in a year or two to preserve the industry's critical design capabilities for that sector.



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UMD Human Powered Helicopter Competing to Win $10,000
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 (1047 reads)


InTheCapital.com - The Boca Bearing Company is giving away over $20,000 in cash and prizes to the most innovative project that in some way, shape, or form uses ball bearings, roller bearings, linear bearings or any type of full ceramic or ceramic hybrid bearings. Among those who have submitted projects thus far is Team Gamera from the University of Maryland, dedicated to designing, building, and flying the first ever human powered helicopter which meets the demand of the American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize.



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Man Admits Helicopter Laser Attack
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 (1645 reads)


Sydney, Australia (The Sydney Morning Herald) - A man has pleaded guilty to pointing a laser at a helicopter in south-west Sydney, temporarily disorientating the pilot.



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Plan to Replace Marine One Choppers Gets Airborne Again
Monday, November 26, 2012 (1181 reads)


The Motley Fool - Three years after delays and cost overruns put an end to plans to replace the fleet of Marine One helicopters that ferry President Obama from place to place, the U.S. Navy's controversial VXX chopper program is back in the spotlight.



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UTair Staff and Helicopters Flee Congo Conflict Zone
Monday, November 26, 2012 (929 reads)


HeliHub - Staff and helicopters of UTair Aviation were evacuated from the airport of Goma (DRC) due to a conflict in the region. Within a few hours after taking off from Goma, the city was seized by armed rebels.



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Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at Helicopter
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (800 reads)


According to the Associated Press, a man from northern Idaho pleaded guilty on Nov. 19, 2012, to shooting at a helicopter flying overhead. The helicopter involved in the 2010 incident was owned and operated by HAI member Hillcrest Aircraft Company. The helicopter was hit but the pilot was uninjured and landed safely.



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Single Seater Electric Helicopter Travels Silently up to 60 mph
Monday, November 19, 2012 (992 reads)


newlaunches.com - Japan’s Hirobo in Hiroshima Perfecture may be introducing their single-passenger helicopter by 2021, which will be used in times of emergencies and disasters.



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RAF to Launch Puma HC2 Training in Mid-2013
Monday, November 19, 2012 (744 reads)


Flightglobal - The UK Royal Air Force should be able to commence training activities with its first upgraded Eurocopter Puma HC2 support helicopters from the middle of next year, says minister for defence equipment, support and technology Philip Dunne.



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Life Begins at 50 for Upgraded Sea Kings
Thursday, November 15, 2012 (1216 reads)


AINonline - Some aircraft fulfill their missions so well that they seem to last almost forever. The Sikorsky S-61/H-3 Sea King helicopter, the prototype of which made its first flight way back in 1959, appears on its way to achieving this "never die" status.



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Helicopter Pilot Recalls Highlights of Career
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (859 reads)


San Diego, Calif. (North County Times) - There is no average day for an ASTREA (Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies) pilot. It might be a bear in a tree, a chase, a search for a missing child. Sgt. Jon Shellhammer has been a sheriff’s deputy for 32 years, the last 24 with the helicopter unit.



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Police Election: Dyfed-Powys Candidates Back Helicopter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (1407 reads)


Dyfed-Powys, Wales (BBC News) - Both candidates in the Dyfed-Powys police commissioner election want the force to keep its helicopter. The force, geographically the largest in England and Wales, faces losing the aircraft in 2014 under plans for a national service.



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Private Helicopters to Fly over Moscow Riverbed
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (1139 reads)


Aero-News Network - Russian capital might soon allow private helicopter flights over Moscow River riverbed, a route to reduce "danger to citizens in unforeseen circumstances."



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EU Puts Emissions Trading Scheme on Hold for a Year
Monday, November 12, 2012 (3232 reads)


One day before the U.S. House of Representatives was slated to clear a bill shielding U.S. airlines from compliance with the European Commission's EU emissions trading scheme, news leaked that the EU plan for non-EU airlines has been placed on hold for a year.



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NASA's Next Capsule to Land Like a Helicopter?
Friday, November 09, 2012 (1160 reads)


news.discovery.com - A team of researchers recently tested a new rotor landing system in the 550 foot fall Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The idea is for spinning blades to take the place of parachutes to enable soft and controlled landings on land instead of the ocean.



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Sky-high Job: Helicopter Crew Trims Around Power Lines
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 (1620 reads)


Dalton, Ga. (The Daily Citizen) - The 10 spinning saw blades suspended from a helicopter hovering over a treeline easily strike through the limbs and branches in their path.



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Busy Month for Police Helicopter
Monday, November 05, 2012 (1514 reads)


Cleveland, England (Hartlepool Mail) - The Cleveland Police helicopter helped out in a string of incidents in the last month including car chases, finding missing people and spotting criminals from the skies.



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San Juan County Sheriff's Helicopter Sees Action Increase
Monday, November 05, 2012 (1118 reads)


Aztec, N.M. (The Daily Times) - The San Juan County Sheriff's Office has had a helicopter since 2001. It is the only police helicopter in hundreds of miles, the next closest is in Albuquerque. The air support unit's role in local law enforcement has been steadily increasing, especially in the last four years because the unit has shortened its response time and received additional training and equipment.



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Industry Gives Army AAS Testers Thumbs-Up
Friday, November 02, 2012 (973 reads)


Rotor & Wing Magazine - What all of the competitors for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) acquisition seem to agree on is a satisfaction that the U.S. Army team conducting the evaluation of the different proposals is doing a great job.



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North Sea Operators Scrabble for EC225 Replacements
Friday, November 02, 2012 (1077 reads)


Flightglobal - North Sea helicopter operators are scrabbling to acquire additional aircraft as they struggle to cope with the effective grounding of certain Eurocopter Super Puma types following a controlled ditching of an EC225 on 22 October.



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Isles of Scilly Helicopter Axing Provokes Economic Fears
Friday, November 02, 2012 (1984 reads)


Isles of Scilly, England (BBC News) - Regular helicopter flights between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance have come to an end amid islanders' fears of economic decline as a result.



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NY/NJ Helicopter Industry Cleaning Up After Sandy
Thursday, November 01, 2012 (3093 reads)


Like everyone else that bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, helicopter operators in the New York and New Jersey area are cleaning up in the wake of the storm. Many HAI members have reported sustaining significant personal property damage. As they deal with their immediate personal needs, many — understandably — have not yet had an opportunity to assess the storm’s impact on their businesses.



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Helicopters to the Rescue of Moscow's Traffic-Bound Commuters
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (2285 reads)


The Moscow News - As Moscow's notorious traffic jams spread their road-clogging reach into the city's surrounding regions, authorities have looked to the skies for new transport options. Helipads may appear alongside the Moscow Region's planned Central Ring Road starting next year.



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R³ Announces First ADS-B Autonomous Collision Avoidance
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (2940 reads)


R³ Engineering LLC announces the first ADS-B based, fully autonomous collision avoidance sequence, executed by a sense and avoid system installed on an unmanned aircraft system.



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USAF Releases Combat Rescue Helicopter RfP
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (1035 reads)


Rotorhub - The United States Air Force has officially begun its search to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopter.



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Helicopter Service for Greater Gabbard Wind Farm a UK First
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (1537 reads)


Suffolk, England (EADT24) - The very first helicopter operation of its kind in the UK - with technicians flown in by hoist to provide maintenance for the giant turbines at the offshore wind farm.



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Helicopter to Help Workers in Watershed
Monday, October 22, 2012 (1474 reads)


Ashland, Ore. (Mail Tribune) - A helicopter is scheduled Oct. 23 to begin flying logs to landing sites in the Ashland Creek Watershed and will continue weekday work for about a month.



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Sheriff's Helicopter Pilots Blinded by Laser Light
Monday, October 22, 2012 (3030 reads)


The Seminole County Sheriff's Office says its helicopter pilots had to stop pursuing a burglary suspect because they were blinded by a laser pointer aimed at them from the ground.



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Laser Shone into Cockpit of Helicopter
Friday, October 19, 2012 (1037 reads)


Yorkshire, England (The Northern Echo) - The lives of a British Army Lynx helicopter crew were put at risk when a laser was shone into the cockpit as it was flying over Ripon on Tuesday of last week.



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UTC Flight Dept. Earns Second-Stage IS-BAO Registration
Friday, October 19, 2012 (2950 reads)


United Technologies Corporation's flight department recently received a Certificate of Registration from the International Business Aviation Council for the second stage of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operation (IS-BAO).



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Robinson Offers Rebate on Fuel Bladder Retrofit
Thursday, October 18, 2012 (3019 reads)


With the April 30, 2013 deadline for retrofitting bladder-style fuel tanks into R44s and R44 IIs, Robinson is offering rebates through Dec. 31 as an incentive to get the job done soon.



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NASA Floats Drone Challenge Concept
Thursday, October 18, 2012 (1297 reads)


AVweb - NASA is considering the creation of an Unmanned Aircraft challenge with the goal of finding solutions to problems involved in integrating drones into the U.S. National Airspace.



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Dir. of Maintenance at HAI Member Honored
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 (2609 reads)


Cliff Johnson, the regional maintenance manager for HAI member Air Evac Lifeteam, was recognized in the current issue of Director of Maintenance magazine as the Maintenance Manager of the Year.



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Man Arrested in East Waco for Shining Light at Helicopter
Monday, October 15, 2012 (1308 reads)


Waco, Texas (wacotrib.com) - A man faces a misdemeanor charge after shining a bright spotlight on a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.



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Helicopter Gives Lift to Vail's New Gondola
Monday, October 15, 2012 (1448 reads)


Vail, Colo. (Denver Post) - The sound of helicopter propellers echoed through Vail on Oct. 11 as crews installed the towers for Vail's newest lift, Gondola 1.



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Helicopter Makes First Landing at FMH's New Helipad
Friday, October 12, 2012 (2490 reads)


Frederick, Md. (your4state.com) - A helicopter touched down for the first time on Oct. 12 for a test landing at Frederick Memorial Hospital's new helipad. Those at the hospital hope the helipad will make it easier to care for patients.



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TAAS Wants U.K. Air Ambulance Operations to Merge
Friday, October 12, 2012 (1582 reads)


Birmingham, England (HeliHub) - At a Conservative Party Conference 'Fringe Meeting' on October 9, the meeting organisers "The Air Ambulance Service" [TAAS] put forward what some viewed as some disturbing proposals, that all the separate air ambulance charities in the U.K. merge together as "The Air Ambulance Service" and give up their individual county identities.



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Sheriff Helicopter Crews Identify Properties Posing Health Risk
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (1846 reads)


San Bernardino, Calif. (redlands.patch.com) - San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter crews identify scores of private properties in and near Redlands and Loma Linda that pose a West Nile risk due to untended swimming pools, ponds and stagnant water where mosquitoes may be breeding.



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Offshore Workers Circulate Petition against Night Flights
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (2214 reads)


CBC News - A debate about the safety of night flights is being reopened by a consultant's report that recommends offshore oil workers can be safely flown in darkness to and from platforms and rigs off Newfoundland's east coast.



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Man gets 25 Years for Shooting LAPD Helicopter
Thursday, October 11, 2012 (944 reads)


Los Angeles, Calif. (Los Angeles Times) - A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Oct. 10 after pleading no contest to shooting at a Los Angeles police helicopter over Van Nuys and forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing.



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Report recommends return to offshore helicopter night flights
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 (1802 reads)


(CBC News) - A new report recommends that night flights to and from Canadian offshore oil rigs resume. Such flights were halted in the wake of the crash of Cougar Flight 491 on March 12, 2009. The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board said it will review the report before commenting, but that the moratorium on night flights remains in effect.



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Indonesia Seeks to Purchase Boeing AH-64Ds
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 (932 reads)


(Rotor & Wing) - The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has informed Congress that Indonesia wants to buy Boeing AH-64D Apaches - a deal worth an estimated $1.4 billion.



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USGS Says Vast Reserves Likely Beneath Ohio, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 (2812 reads)


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says there are vast energy reserves locked in a huge rock formation that runs under Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Utica Shale lies below the Marcellus shale gas formation, which is considered one of the richest known natural gas reserves in the world.



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IMF Warns of Rising Global Recession Threat
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 (2508 reads)


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its global growth forecast on Tuesday for the second time since April, and warned U.S. and European policymakers that failure to fix their economic ills would prolong the slump. "A key issue is whether the global economy is just hitting another bout of turbulence in what was always expected to be a slow and bumpy recovery or whether the current slowdown has a more lasting component," it said.



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Helicopter to aid in local law enforcement efforts
Monday, October 08, 2012 (1307 reads)


(The Mountain Press - Sevierville, Tenn.) - The sheriff's department in Sevier County, Tenn., is currently testing a Robinson R-44 and hopes to have it in service by the end of the month. Civilian pilots would fly the helicopter while officers from county and municipal law enforcement agencies are being trained as Tactical Flight Officers (TFOs).



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Erickson Air-Crane buys back helicopter
Monday, October 08, 2012 (3411 reads)


(Portland Business Journal) - Erickson Air Crane has bought back one of its S-64 Air Cranes from San Diego Gas & Electric, in order to allow Erickson's aerial services to pursue business in markets such as oil, gas and powerline construction in South America.



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Md. State Police receive first of 10 new helicopters
Monday, October 08, 2012 (995 reads)


(www.thebaynet.com - Baltimore, Md.) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and the Maryland State Police Aviation Division on Friday, October 5, accepted the first of ten $12.6 million AugustaWestland AW139 medevac helicopters at the Aviation Division Headquarters at Martin State Airport outside Baltimore.



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UK Police helicopter crew arrest burglary suspects
Monday, October 08, 2012 (1698 reads)


(This Is Cornwall-Polyphant, U.K.) - With no ground units in the vicinity, a police helicopter operating in Cornwall, England, landed so that the two Air Observers aboard could get out and detain two suspects from a high speed chase.



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Helicopter lifts car from Oregon's Rogue River
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 (1491 reads)


Valley of the Rogue State Park, Ore. (Mail Tribune) - A Sikorsky heavy-lift helicopter owned by Croman Corp. a 2010 Subaru Outback that has spent roughly 19 months in the Rogue River back to dry land so the car could be hauled away. The lift took about 10 minutes, but the planning had taken months.



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Eurocopter unit inaugurates helicopter plant in Brazil
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 (1704 reads)


Itajuba, Brazil (DefenseNews.com) - Eurocopter's Brazilian subsidiary, Helibras, on Tuesday inaugurated a new plant that will assemble helicopters for the armed forces by 2017.



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Obama's 3-day stay pinches pockets of helicopter tour operators
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 (2688 reads)


Las Vegas (Las Vegas Review-Journal) - For Grand Canyon helicopter tour operator Nigel Turner, there's no debate about President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Southern Nevada.

"We lost a lot of money," he said, estimating that his Heli USA Airways lost $60,000 each day the president slept at Lake Las Vegas.



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Air Evac Moves to Level 3 SMS
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (941 reads)


AINonline - Helicopter EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam has entered the third level of the FAA's safety management system voluntary pilot project. Air Evac has 110 bases in 15 states and has been enrolled in the pilot project since February 2010.



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New Police Air Service Takes Off
Monday, October 01, 2012 (2184 reads)


BBC News - A new National Police Air Service is replacing localised police helicopter operations in England and Wales. The service of 25 helicopters at 23 bases, some not operating round the clock, is expected to save £15m a year as seven other bases are closed.



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Defence Min. Scraps Coast Guard Tender for Helicopters
Monday, October 01, 2012 (912 reads)


New Delhi (The Financial Express) - The Indian Coast Guard's plan to boost its maritime surveillance capabilities will have to wait as the defence ministry has scrapped its tender to procure 16 light helicopters.



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Eased Restrictions Boost Rotorcraft Demand in Russia
Friday, September 28, 2012 (1505 reads)


AINonline - Operating helicopters in Russia has become significantly easier in recent years and there is rising demand from the country’s fast-growing energy and utilities industries.



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Merlin Mk2 Puts to Sea for First Time
Friday, September 28, 2012 (1080 reads)


Rotorhub - The Royal Navy's new upgraded Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine warfare helicopter has conducted its first shipborne operations.



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Poland Seeking 70 New Military Helicopters
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (1918 reads)


Warsaw (Defense News) - NATO member Poland is in the market for 70 new military helicopters, more than double the number it first sought in March, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said.



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Caution for Man who Fired Laser Pen at Helicopter
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (1142 reads)


Gurnos, Wales (walesonline.co.uk) - A Merthyr Tydfil man has been cautioned after he was caught shooting a high-powered laser pen at a South & East Wales Police Air Support Unit helicopter.



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Vietnam Veteran Helicopter Pilot Educates Youth
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (3018 reads)


Laura, Ohio (Dayton Daily News) - Phil Marshall began compiling mission stories of soldiers in his Vietnam medevac unit years ago. The nearly 400-page collection, "DMZ Dustoff Vietnam," details 23 missions by the members of the 237th Medical Detachment Helicopter Ambulance.



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Feds Search Business in Phony Helicopter Parts Case
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (1477 reads)


Grants Pass, Ore. (oregonlive.com) - Court records made public Sept. 25 show that a new search of an Oregon defense contractor accused of providing phony helicopter and truck parts to the military was prompted by testimony from a purchasing agent who is helping investigators.



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Israeli Police Expands the Role of Rotorcraft
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (788 reads)


Flightglobal - The Israeli police air unit performs police missions as traffic control, fighting crime and helping to keep the order in public events - but the unit is also active in the daily fight against terror.



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Five Charged after Helicopter Spots Group on Roof of Business
Monday, September 24, 2012 (847 reads)


Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Tribune) - Officers hovering overhead in a Chicago Police helicopter spotted a band of suspected burglars breaking through the roof of a retail clothing store on the far South Side.



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First Flight of the Belgian NH90 Helicopter
Friday, September 21, 2012 (2809 reads)


NHIndustries, the company part owned by AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, and Stork Fokker, is proud to announce the first flight of the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter ordered by the Belgian armed forces.



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U.S. to Sell Indonesia Eight Apache Helicopters
Friday, September 21, 2012 (2713 reads)


Jakarta Globe - The United States said Sept. 20 it will sell Indonesia eight AH-64/D Apache helicopters to strengthen security ties with the largest country in Southeast Asia.



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Helicopter Employed for Roofing Project
Thursday, September 20, 2012 (1297 reads)


Beloit, Wis. (gazettextra.com) — A helicopter will lift roofing materials onto a building in Beloit starting Sept. 22. The low-flying helicopter may also be used Sept. 23, and again on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.



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Saker Aviation Named Heliport of the Year
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (766 reads)


Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pa. (The Sacramento Bee) - Saker Aviation Services, Inc., an aviation services company specializing in ground-based services to the general aviation marketplace, has been named as the Eastern Region Helicopter Council Heliport of the Year at that organization's annual meeting.



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Canadian Helicopter Procurement Attracts Interest from Five Firms
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (726 reads)


Flightglobal - Canada's plans to modernise its coastguard's ageing helicopter fleet have attracted the initial interest of AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, MD Helicopters. and Sikorsky.



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Mechanical Problem Grounds Medical Helicopter
Monday, September 17, 2012 (790 reads)


Boston, Mass. (necn.com) — One of the three Boston MedFlight helicopters has been grounded due to mechanical problems. The helicopter is not blocking the other two from using the roof of the trauma center.



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Spares Unavailability Threatens India's Aging Helo Fleet
Monday, September 17, 2012 (1730 reads)


Aerospace Diary - Maintaining India's fleet of more than 230 aging Cheetah and Chetak reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters is turning into a nightmare due to unavailability of spares.



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Wings, Wheels and Rotors 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012 (740 reads)


Wings, Wheels and Rotors 2012 will take place on Sunday, October 28, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, Los Alamitos, Orange County, Calif.



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Man Found Guilty of Firing Shots at Helicopters
Friday, September 14, 2012 (1064 reads)


Winn Parish, La. (thetowntalk.com) - A Sikes man was found guilty in federal court for firing shots at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter from Camp Beauregard being used during a marijuana eradication program in Winn Parish.



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Helicopter Training on Town Common Open to Public
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 (896 reads)


Princeton, N.J. (The Landmark) - The town common will be filled with members of fire departments from at least eight surrounding towns Sept. 18 as the Princeton Fire Department hosts a regional session for Life Flight safety training.



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India Seeks Delay in Helo Selection Until Year's End
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (1911 reads)


New Delhi (Defense News) - The Indian Defence Ministry has asked competitors Sikorsky and NHIndustries (NHI) to extend their proposals until Dec. 31 in the $1 billion Indian Navy tender for 16 multirole helicopters. The deadline for the proposals had expired in July.



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Bond Gives Insight to Medicine in Offshore Conditions
Monday, September 10, 2012 (776 reads)


HeliHub - Bond Offshore Helicopters’ clinical lead, Dr. Mark Bloch, gives insight into the critical work of paramedics on search and rescue (SAR) helicopters, and the challenges they face working in extreme conditions offshore.



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Prince Harry: the Apache Helicopter's Co-Pilot Gunner
Friday, September 07, 2012 (2507 reads)


The Telegraph - Prince Harry has joined an elite squadron of Apache helicopter pilots in Afghanistan to fly some of the most advanced attack aircraft.



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Flight Simulation, Training Find Oasis at UTair
Friday, September 07, 2012 (1020 reads)


Rotor & Wing Magazine - The UTair Training Center, located in Tyumen — one of the most important industrial and economic centers east of the Urals and a vast oil-rich region stretching from the Kazakh border to the Arctic — is recognized throughout the industry for its high level of professionalism and commitment to safety and excellence.



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Big Year for MD
Friday, September 07, 2012 (1055 reads)


Vertical Magazine - Following on from a strong 2011, MD Helicopters is working on developments in several areas as it plans to continue – and strengthen – its recovery from the effects of the 2008 recession.



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Researchers Fly Helicopter Using 'Thought Control'
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (1139 reads)


infopackets.com - A group of researchers at China's Zhejiang University have used fast-emerging 'thought-control' technology to successfully launch a helicopter into the air and have it perform a controlled series of maneuvers.



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Bristow Group to Acquire Cougar Helicopters
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (1184 reads)


Seeking Alpha - Bristow Group announced that it will acquire Cougar Helicopters, the largest offshore energy and search and rescue helicopter service provider in Canada. Cougar's operations are focused on the offshore oil and gas industry of Canada's Atlantic coast.



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San Diego Firefighting Helicopter can Drop 10 Tons of Water
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (3147 reads)


SanteePatch - A helicopter capable of dropping more than 10 tons of water at a time will be available over the next several months to help fight area wildfires, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.



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Man Pointed Laser at Police Helicopter
Thursday, September 06, 2012 (910 reads)


San Diego, Calif. (nbcsandiego.com) - A National City resident was arrested for allegedly pointing a laser at two commercial airliners and a police helicopter.



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Russia to Complete Helicopter Gunship Deal to Brazil in 2012
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (3726 reads)


RIA Novosti - Russia has delivered the next batch of Mi-35M Hind E attack helicopters to Brazil and will complete the contract by the end of the year.



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AeroVelo Human Powered Helicopter First Flight
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (843 reads)


HeliHub - The AeroVelo Atlas human powered helicopter made its first flight on Aug. 28, as part of the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition.



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Russian Helicopters Awarded Debut Credit Ratings
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 (2838 reads)


Russian Helicopters has received initial credit ratings from two global credit-rating agencies, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. The outlooks on both ratings are stable.



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Stunning Aerial Images of South Wales Shot by Police Helicops
Thursday, August 30, 2012 (1352 reads)


Wales (walesonline.co.uk) - South Wales Police Inspector Gary Smart revealed what the real flying squad does best. "The helicopter is very effective at finding missing people as it has thermal image cameras that can see at very long range. We also frequently take pictures of collision scenes and search for people involved in criminality."



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What Will Follow GPS?
Thursday, August 30, 2012 (900 reads)


Avionics Today - The ubiquitous navigation system has more worldwide users than ever, but safety and security concerns have insiders looking beyond the current network.



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Transforming Aerospace Technology in Nigeria
Thursday, August 30, 2012 (881 reads)


The Guardian Nigeria - A blueprint that can enable Nigeria join the league of developing countries like South Africa, Malaysia, India and China with vibrant aerospace technology has been developed.



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Sponsors Keep Helicopter Aloft
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (1148 reads)


Waikato, New Zealand (stuff.co.nz) - Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance operator the Philips Search & Rescue Trust has renewed all of its principal sponsorships in Hamilton, Taupo, Tauranga and Rotorua.



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Aerial Ballet at Helicopter World Championships
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (801 reads)


Russia Today - Russia once again hosted the World Helicopter Championships, at the Drakino airfield 100 kilometers south of Moscow. Teams from 11 countries came together, with a huge crowd gathering to watch the air displays.



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Clark School Team 65-Second Human-Powered Helicopter Flight
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (2440 reads)


Landover, Md. (Baltimore Business Journal) - Students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have unofficially satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with a flight that unofficially lasted 65 seconds, stayed within a 10 square meter area and hovered at two feet of altitude. This flight also establishes new unofficial U.S. and world flight duration records.



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Mi-38 Sets New World Altitude Record
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (807 reads)


Flightglobal - The Mil Mi-38 has set a new world altitude record for helicopters in its class at the 14th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale helicopter championships. The Mi-38 reached an altitude of 28,200ft.



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Marine Corps Fly Last CH-53D Sea Stallion Sortie
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 (942 reads)


Rotorhub - The United States Marine Corps has flown its last CH-53D Sea Stallion sorties in Afghanistan, marking the end of its Marine Corps service.
 



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Happy Birthday Helicopter
Monday, August 27, 2012 (1156 reads)


New South Wales, Australia (The Daily Examiner) - Hundreds of visitors poured through the hangar and onto the helipad at Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's annual Open Day at the Lismore Base.



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Helicopter Testing Radiation Levels at Low Altitude
Monday, August 27, 2012 (1139 reads)


San Francisco, Calif. (The Examiner) - Research copters owned by the federal government will conduct daytime flyovers in The City, Oakland and Pacifica; at times, the twin-engine Bell 412 will hover just 300 feet above the ground.



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Baltimore Police Unveil New Helicopters
Friday, August 24, 2012 (2535 reads)


Baltimore, Md. (northbaltimore.patch.com) - Starting last week, the Baltimore City POlice Department started receiving new helicopters to replace the fleet that has been in service since 2001. The old helicopters have been disassembled and traded in.



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Manitoba RCMP Adopts Mini Helicopters
Friday, August 24, 2012 (2086 reads)


Winnipeg (Times Colonist) - Manitoba RCMP have joined the growing list of police forces using tiny, remote-controlled helicopters as eyes in the sky. The one-metre-long devices come equipped with high-definition cameras that can stream video and photographs to officers on the ground. They give the Mounties a bird's-eye view of traffic accident and crime scenes.



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MIT Drone Navigates on its Own
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (1013 reads)


AVweb - A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has designed an autonomous airplane that is able to follow an internal map and navigate successfully, avoiding obstacles, without the use of GPS.



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Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter Fleet to be Modernized
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (859 reads)


HeliHub - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announce that the Government of Canada is setting the stage for the purchase of new helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard.



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Idaho Helicopter Shooting Trial set for December
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (839 reads)


Wallace, Idaho (The Sacramento Bee) - A north-central Idaho man who prosecutors say shot at a helicopter nearly two years ago is scheduled to stand trial in December.



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JFTB Warns of Laser Use Towards Aircraft
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (2478 reads)


Joint Forces Training Base aircrews have reported several incidents of ground-to-air laser interference with aircraft.



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U.S. Beats Russia to India Helicopter Gunship Deal
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (756 reads)


air-attack.com - U.S. aerospace giant Boeing has won a $1.4 billion deal to supply India with 22 helicopter gunships, beating off competition from Russia's Mil Mi-28.



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Isles of Scilly Helicopter Link is Saved
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 (762 reads)


Penzance, England (Falmouth Packet) - The future of Penzance's helicopter links to the Isles of Scilly looks secure after Tesco announced it has withdrawn its opposition for a new British International Helicopters site in the town.



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Ottawa in Running for $25M Aerospace Facility
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (1107 reads)


Ontario, Canada (Ottawa Business Journal) - After spending six years developing sensor applications to alert flight controllers, aircraft designers, manufacturers and aircraft pilots to aircraft defects, the National Research Council is searching for private-sector partners to commercialize the technology.



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IBM Helicopter Proposal Draws Concerns about Noise
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (1930 reads)


Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (yorktown-somers.patch.com) - A hearing on a proposed helicopter landing pad at an IBM research center in Yorktown drew criticism of noise generated by a variety of helicopters but little other comment. IBM responded that its pilots do not fly as low as some other helicopters and that the corporation practices the Fly Neighborly Program developed by the Helicopter Association International, which seeks to reduce noise through a combination of culture and pilot technique.



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Tata-Made Sikorsky S-92 Takes Off
Monday, August 20, 2012 (1166 reads)


Hindustan Times - The first Sikorsky S-92 twin-engine helicopter with a made-in-india airframe is now flying in Brazil.



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Civilian Helicopters in the Line of Fire in Afghanistan
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (776 reads)


Flightglobal - Among the operational entities deployed in the war in Afghanistan, civilian transport helicopters are relatively ignored - but in ferrying men, supplies and equipment to outlying regions 365 days of the year, they provide logistical air support to the fight against the Taliban.



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LRPD Brings Back Crime-Fighting Helicopters
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (2382 reads)


Little Rock, Ark. (KARK 4 News) - The City of Little Rock is bolstering its police force with yet another crime-fighting tool. The department is re-introducing its helicopters to deter crime from above.



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Eurocopter Launches X6, X9 Programs
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (990 reads)


Flying Magazine - Eurocopter is working on two new helicopter projects – the X6, a revamped model to be developed from the Super Puma family, and the X9, a project just now getting under way at the company’s factory in Donauwörth, Germany.



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Rescue Squadron 'Drops In' on Children's Hospital
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 (2431 reads)


AFNS - The young boys and girls at the Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel were treated to a special surprise by pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron on Aug. 6.



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Teenager Admits Shining Laser into Cockpit of Police Helicopter
Monday, August 13, 2012 (850 reads)


Blackburn, England (thisislancashire.co.uk) - A teenager put lives at risk when he shone a laser light into the cockpit of a police helicopter. But the hunter became the hunted after the pilot took evasive action and then tracked the car from which the light was shone until officers on the ground could move in and make an arrest.



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DOT-IG: NextGen Metroplex Initiative Delayed
Friday, August 10, 2012 (2880 reads)


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen effort in big cities — the “metroplex” initiative — has been delayed, and the industry is concerned by progress so far, according to a Department of Transportation Inspector General’s (DOT-IG) report released Aug. 8.



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Arrest after Laser Pen Dazzles Police Helicopter Pilot
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 (901 reads)


County Durham, England (The Northern Echo) - A man has been arrested after a laser pen was shone at a police helicopter near the Arnison Centre on the outskirts of Durham City.



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Flare Fired at Helicopter Approaching Airport
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (1768 reads)


Perth, Australia (ABC News) - A Western Australia state rescue helicopter was flying the victim of a farming accident from Mount Barker to Perth when a green coloured flare was fired about 200 metres away from the aircraft.



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Indian Navy One Billion Dollar Copter Tender Delayed
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (974 reads)


New Delhi (Times of India) - A more than six year-old tender of the Navy to procure multirole helicopters would be further delayed as the two participating vendors in the deal have been asked to extend the validity of their proposals for six more months.



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Huaxi once again Aims Sky-High with own Helicopter
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 (714 reads)


Huaxi, China (China Daily USA) - Huaxi, in Jiangyin of East China's Jiangsu province, has gained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration to launch and operate Jiangsu Huaxi General Aviation, the country's first village-owned general aviation company.



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Helicopter Rides Offer Sky-High View of Great Falls
Friday, August 03, 2012 (907 reads)


Great Falls, Mont. (krtv.com) - Lots of people in Great Falls have noticed a red helicopter overhead this week, wondering if it is Mercy Flight rushing to a medical emergency. Fortunately, the mission of this helicopter is pure fun: helping Montana State Fair attendees get a sky-high view of Big Sky Country.



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Robot Copter Clears Probation, Chases African Pirates
Friday, August 03, 2012 (939 reads)


Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (wired.com) - The U.S. Navy MQ-8B Fire Scout, a surveillance drone, has joined a commando hunt for pirates off the coast of Africa — its first deployment since the Navy briefly stopped flying it this spring following technical malfunctions.



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Active Rotor Blades Provide Research Opportunity
Friday, August 03, 2012 (779 reads)


AIN - A global team of research organizations is quietly working on an active rotor blade in which distributed piezo-electric actuators can change blade twist almost continuously over the course of one blade revolution.



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Analyst: Expect Slow Growth in Chinese Helo Market
Friday, August 03, 2012 (803 reads)


AIN - Chinese domestic production of civil helicopters is set to grow, but not as quickly as the country’s authorities predict, according to a local market analyst.



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Penn State Short Course in Rotary-Wing Technology
Thursday, August 02, 2012 (2782 reads)


The Pennsylvania State University presents its 45th Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary-Wing Technology at the Days Inn Penn State — State College, Pa., from Aug. 13–17, 2012.



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Executive Search Firm, Aviation Search Group Attending AUVSI
Thursday, August 02, 2012 (3009 reads)


Aviation Search Group, an executive style search firm dedicated to the worldwide aerospace industry, will attend the upcoming AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America in Las Vegas.



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County OKs Purchase of Two Mosquito Control Helicopters
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (1257 reads)


Brevard County, Fla. (floridatoday.com) - Brevard County by next summer will have two new weapons in its battle against mosquitoes. The County Commission has authorized the purchase of two new helicopters for use by Brevard County Mosquito Control.



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'Afghanistan' Helicopter is Barrow Gas Terminals' Eye in Sky
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 (2047 reads)


Barrow-in-Furness, England (North-West Evening Mail) - A high-tech helicopter which normally keeps an eye on insurgents in Afghanistan has been taking to the skies in Barrow. The unmanned aerial vehicle – converted for civil use – flew up 10 storeys to take a closer look at flare and chimney stacks at Barrow's gas terminals.



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Bond, Bristow, and CHC Helicopter to Bid for Air Rescue
Monday, July 30, 2012 (2491 reads)


BBC News - Three companies are to compete for contracts to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK. The winner, or winners, would take over roles provided by the Royal Navy and RAF.



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FARC Guerrillas Release Kidnapped Helicopter Pilots
Monday, July 30, 2012 (1280 reads)


Colombia (The Telegraph) - Leftist FARC guerrillas have released two civilian helicopter pilots they were holding hostage to members of the International Committee of the Red Cross.



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News from Women in Aviation, International
Friday, July 27, 2012 (2576 reads)


Women in Aviation, International and Learning for Life join forces to promote aviation careers among youth from kindergarten to high school. A feature of the 2013 International Women in Aviation Conference will be a day devoted to girls 10 to 17 years old with a repeat of "Take Your Daughter to the Conference Day."



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Teen Aimed Laser at Police Helicopter
Thursday, July 26, 2012 (922 reads)


Brentwood, N.Y. (The Wall Street Journal) — Police on Long Island say a teenager aimed a green laser at a police helicopter while it was conducting a search.



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UK to Trial Rotary-Wing UAS for Navy Applications
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (680 reads)


Flightglobal - The UK Ministry of Defence plans to complete a capability concept demonstrator programme by March 2015 to investigate the utility of equipping the Royal Navy with a rotary-wing unmanned air system post-2020.



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Reexamination of Airmen Tested by Edward Lane
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (3604 reads)


This notice provides guidance to FAA aviation safety inspectors on program policies and procedures for reexamining individuals holding pilot certificates with various ratings who were tested by Designated Pilot Examiner Edward L. Lane of Las Vegas, Nev.



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Avicopter Gets a Second Type Certificate for 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012 (812 reads)


Beijing (Aviation Week) - Avicopter sees itself becoming one of the world's great helicopter makers, alongside the likes of Eurocopter. A rather large obstacle stands in its way, however: Western countries, the world's largest helicopter markets, do not recognize Chinese rotorcraft certifications.



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Man Jailed for Targeting Police Helicopter with Laser
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (1319 reads)


Weston-super-Mare, England (The Weston Mercury) - A man was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after admitting a crime which magistrates said could have had a 'catastrophic' effect. The incident is part of a growing pattern of similar crimes of targeting aircraft.



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U.S. Coast Guard Crew Grounded in Laser Light Incident
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (752 reads)


Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) – A Charleston based U.S. Coast guard crew was forced to land abruptly while they were searching for a distressed boater when laser lights were shone into the cockpit of the helicopter from shore.



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U.S. Army Fields Three UH-72A Lakotas on Redstone Arsenal
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (754 reads)


Huntsville, Ala. (al.com) - The U.S. Army fielded three UH-72A Lakota helicopters for the first time on Redstone Arsenal on Wednesday, for general support and as a rotary-wing chase platform to support the developmental testing of aircraft and aviation systems.



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A Day in the Life of an FAA Test Pilot
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (963 reads)


CBS - During her 25 year career, Lorry Faber has flown the President of the United States overseas, taken dignitaries to and from Washington D.C. and hovered over Mount Fuji in a helicopter.



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Navy Will Float Tenders for New Copters
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (710 reads)


Indian Defence Research Wing - The Indian Navy will soon have additional surveillance helicopters with enhanced capabilities, for which the tenders will be sent to potential vendors very soon.



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New York's Last Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot Honored
Monday, July 16, 2012 (2705 reads)


Stars and Stripes - Retired New York Army National Guard CWO 4 Herbert Dargue was called backed to his former unit last month. Dargue, who began service as combat helicopter pilot beginning with the Vietnam War and retired 43 years later in 2010, received a belated Meritorious Service Medal and a special souvenir, a customized pilot helmet with illustrations that commemorate his Vietnam War and Iraq combat service.



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Helicopter Service Contract Recompete in Antarctica
Monday, July 16, 2012 (1416 reads)


examiner.com - The Department of Interior is issuing a Draft Request for Proposal on behalf of the National Science Foundation, which has a requirement for two small turbine and two medium turbine helicopters to be based at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.



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AEDC-Bell Link Growing Stronger
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (3357 reads)


Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo Globe-News) - Amarillo’s economic engine keeps fueling one of the city’s true success stories, and the payoff is returning enormous dividends to the community. At issue is a $4.2-million deal struck by the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. with Bell Helicopter, which will build 525 helicopters at Bell’s ever-growing plant adjacent to Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.



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London Heliport Prepares for Olympic Traffic
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (759 reads)


Flightglobal - London’s only commercial helicopter landing site, the Barclays London Heliport in Battersea, is anticipating record traffic because of business generated by the Olympic Games.



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Police Union Urges City Fully Fund Helicopter Fleet
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (1944 reads)


Houston, Texas (chron.com) - Cutbacks in the Houston Police Department's helicopter operations have prompted concerns that an officer or resident could pay the ultimate price for the limited presence of the aircraft in the skies over the sprawling city.



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Future Helicopter Market Revolves Around New Models
Thursday, July 05, 2012 (812 reads)


Flightglobal - This year's Farnborough air show will shine a spotlight on a range of different new helicopter developments. While commercial sales have recovered since the rotary-wing market fell in 2008, OEMs now have to adapt to government budget cuts and a new procurement ethos in the military arena.



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Korea Indigenous Helicopter Plan Gets Green Light
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 (1736 reads)


defense-aerospace.com - Despite some technical shortcomings, Korea has given the green light for the production of Surion utility helicopters ㅡ the nation's first locally developed rotary-wing aircraft ㅡ for the military.



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Austin City Council to Buy New Police helicopter
Monday, July 02, 2012 (1875 reads)


Austin, Texas (examiner.com) - During a City Council meeting, the council approved the $3,745,000 needed to purchase a new Eurocopter AS 350B3 Astar police helicopter. The decision was decided with a 5 to 2 vote.



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NTSB to Hold Forum on GA Search & Rescue
Friday, June 29, 2012 (724 reads)


The National Transportation Safety Board will host a two-day forum July 17-18, 2012, to examine ways to improve the likelihood of rescue following a general aviation accident. The forum will look at ways to aid searchers and improve the survival chances for downed pilots and passengers.



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NASA Seeks Help Upgrading Research Helicopter
Friday, June 29, 2012 (937 reads)


 Military & Aerospace Electronics - NASA is turning to industry for help overhauling the avionics in its RASCAL (Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory) Black Hawk helicopter. The JUH-60 uses a "20-year-old experimental flight-control computer designed originally to help develop and test military helicopter flight-control concepts."



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Unleaded AvGas Transition ARC issues final report
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (2857 reads)


On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the final report and recommendations from the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT ARC), which studied the challenges associated with the transition to an unleaded fuel to replace 100LL and made recommendations necessary to facilitate the development and deployment of an unleaded fuel with the least impact on the existing piston-engine aircraft fleet. The transition may still be years away, but this report charts a roadmap that identifies the essential elements that need to be addressed to make this happen in a way that maintains safety and the role government should play in minimizing the total cost.



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Boomtime for China's Offshore Helicopter Fleet
Thursday, June 21, 2012 (994 reads)


China Daily - China's booming offshore oil industry is fueling a growing demand for helicopters, and some operators are now planning to double the size of their fleets over the next couple of years. The largest supplier of new aircraft in the region predicts that the number of helicopters in the skies above the oil-rich Chinese waters will increase from the current 300 to more than 1,000 in the next decade.



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Fish Flying with N.H. Aerial Pond-Stocking Program
Thursday, June 21, 2012 (800 reads)


Above Lonesome Lake, N.H. (The Washington Post) - Some New Hampshire ponds and lakes are so remote, the only way anglers can get to them is by hiking for miles through the woods. But the fish? They arrive by helicopter.



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Human-Powered Helicopter Team Sets New Unofficial Record
Thursday, June 21, 2012 (648 reads)


College Park, Md. (The Sacramento Bee) - On June 20, students on the Gamera II human-powered helicopter team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set a new, unofficial flight duration record of approximately 35 seconds.



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School Team to Fly Human-Powered Helicopter
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (1558 reads)


Aero-News Network - A team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students will fly their new human-powered helicopter, Gamera II. The team expects flights lasting longer than 60 seconds, a major step towards competing for the Sikorsky Prize offered by the American Helicopter Society.



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Helicopters Can Now Land at Payerne Airport
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (2971 reads)


Payerne Airport (LSMP) located in Payerne, Switzerland is being developed into a major European center for aviation and aerospace. Helicopters and helicopter companies are welcomed on Aeropole Two which is designated for companies who do not need direct access to the runway or tarmac.



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Wire for Niagara Walk Set Up by Helicopter
Monday, June 18, 2012 (2953 reads)


Niagara Falls, N.Y. (YNN) — A helicopter from Pennsylvania towed the wire across the Niagara Gorge for Wallenda's walk Friday night.



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Helicopter Delivers 2,500-Pound Spa
Thursday, June 14, 2012 (1037 reads)


Aptos, Calif. (Mercury News) - When the owner of Blackthorne Pools and Spas saw the narrow, tree-lined lane, he knew the 14-foot swim-spa couldn't be delivered with the usual delivery truck, so he called a helicopter service.



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Bell Helicopter is Community Impact Deal Finalist
Monday, June 11, 2012 (4581 reads)


Dallas Business Journal - To retain top talent, Bell Helicopter needed to expand its Fort Worth headquarters. And to retain Bell Helicopter, the City of Fort Worth had to make a deal.



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U.S. Army Unit Receives First of Bell's Rebuilt OH-58 Kiowa Warriors
Friday, June 08, 2012 (1117 reads)


Star-Telegram - Reinforcements are on the way for the U.S. Army's beleaguered scout helicopter units, thanks to a partnership between the Army and Bell Helicopter.



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Helicopter Needed
Friday, June 08, 2012 (681 reads)


Williamsport, Pa. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette) - The loss of the state police aviation unit at the Williamsport Regional Airport deals a severe blow to the region's law enforcement capabilities, according to testimony June 7 during a state hearing at Pennsylvania College of Technology.



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Happy 70th Birthday to U.S. Army Aviation!
Thursday, June 07, 2012 (847 reads)


Huntsville, Ala. (blog.al.com) - Along with D-Day obervances, June 6 was also important to many organizations and commands at Redstone Arsenal for another reason - June 6, 1942, is the birthday of U.S. Army Aviation. According to the Army Aviation Museum at Ft. Rucker, Ala., it was on this date that aircraft supporting artillery and ground troops became an "organic" part of the service, rather than a piece of the Air Corps.



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Laser Aimed at Helicopter off N.S.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 (2783 reads)


Nova Scotia, Canada (CBC News) - Nova Scotia RCMP are warning residents after a laser light was aimed at the cockpit of an aircraft while it was flying over the Porters Lake area.



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Helicopters for Sale or How to Buy a Used Helicopter
Monday, June 04, 2012 (822 reads)


Private Jets - If you want to buy a helicopter, the internet has become a great source of information and contacts. Many manufacturers have websites describing their helicopter models in detail, and sometimes rare bargains can be found when helicopters are sold at government or police auctions.



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Copters Called in to Dry Tri-City Cherries
Monday, June 04, 2012 (788 reads)


Bellingham, Wash. (Bellingham Herald) - Helicopters are shaking water off cherry trees in some Tri-City orchards.



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Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.
Monday, June 04, 2012 (1051 reads)


PBS; Frontline - The Federal Aviation Administration is making it easier to put drones in the air in the U.S. At the moment, only public institutions — law enforcement, fire and emergency responders, public universities and of course, the military — are allowed to fly drones — known officially as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.



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