Late last year, Maryland Natural Resources Police received their helicopter back after seven years. Their 1972 Bell Jet Ranger, named Natural 1, was transferred in 2009 to Harford County Sheriff’s Office due to a budget cut. Mark Belton, the NRP’s secretary went to great lengths to reacquire the helicopter and spent $158, 000 on an… Read more »
As part of their plan for military expansion, Bell hopes to sign a contract with the UAE military. They have already done business in this sector; supplying Abu Dhabi Aviation with Bell 412 and Bell 212 units. Director for the Middle East and North Africa Business Development, Douglas Wolfe, has said that the low oil… Read more »
The Russian Government has agreed to allocate 3.3 billion rubles out of the 2017 federal budget to the development of air ambulance services in 34 regions. Together with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) they will help with the construction of one helipad atop a hospital in each region. They hope to achieve that goal by… Read more »
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has had to put one of their three helicopters up for sale in order to pay for operations in the aviation unit. They had a budget cut of $1.8 million in July, making their current operations budget $35.5 million, reports Daily Progress.
Unions in France are in consultation with Eurocopter regarding the proposed transfer of production of fifty AS350 helicopters from France to Mississippi. Also included is the production of parts for a further ten airframes. HeliHub.com understands that this move is a result of US military budget cuts which are expected to halt the American Eurocopter… Read more »
Multiple media oulets, including the La Dernière Heure website, have filed a story in recent days saying that the helicopters of the Belgian Federal Police are grounded by budgetary issues. The problem reportedly covers the refuelling of the helicopters at airfields where a fuel card would be used – and the fuel card has no… Read more »
The Rio Grande Valleyâ€™s longest-running helicopter ambulance flew its last flight yesterday, 31st October, thanks to Texas state budget cuts. The South Texas Emergency Care Foundation has operated Valley AirCare since 1995, but operating their AS350B2 in recent years has been an increasing challenge as cost reimbursements continued a downward slide and fuel prices soared.Â … Read more »
Onondaga County Legislature decided on Tuesday to stop all funding of their Air-1 helicopter.Â The Legislatureâ€™s actions do not necessarily spell doom for Air-1 or the fledgling philharmonic. But it will be much more difficult for them to operate without a subsidy from county taxpayers next yearÂ (See full story)
Sheriff Kevin Walsh is trying to sell naming rights to Onondaga County’s Bell 407 as a way of keeping it flying in the face of budget cuts.Â A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the companyâ€™s name displayed prominently on it.Â While it will retain its â€œAir-1â€ radio call sign, it would… Read more »
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is to petition County Executive Joanie Mahoney to get their “Air-1” Bell 407 put back in the county budget for next year.Â The budget Mahoney presented to the county Legislature on Wednesday assumes that the sheriff will raise all of the money for Air-1 through donations and by charging fees… Read more »
The Rio Grande Valleyâ€™s longest-running helicopter ambulance will be permanently grounded this autumn, thanks to Texas state budget cuts. The South Texas Emergency Care Foundation has operated Valley AirCare since 1995, but operating their AS350B2 in recent years has been an increasing challenge as cost reimbursements continued a downward slide and fuel prices soared.Â With… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration issued additional â€œstop work ordersâ€ over the last twenty-four hours to construction and technology contractors for critical modernization projects around the country after Congress failed to pass an FAA bill. The FAA halted dozens of major projects ranging from long-term runway safety initiatives to NextGen air traffic control research and testing…. Read more »
As of Friday, the John Wayne Airport hangar that housed ABLE’s three EC120 helicopters will become a storage space for the aircraft dubbed “Eagle,” which is jointly owned by Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.Â Both cities have dismantled the shared police helicopter program, thus ending a 15-year partnership. Both city councils decided to cut ABLE… Read more »
The way in which police air support is provided in Cambridgeshire is changing. In a move which will save money the force is looking to enter into a consortium with Chiltern Air Support Unit which will be backed up with existing arrangements with Suffolk and Essex police forces. The Chiltern Air Support Unit, which has… Read more »
The legislature only funded Air-1 through June 30, placing the second half of the yearâ€™s funding in a contingency account to be released if the Sheriffâ€™s Office made substantial progress toward setting up a not-for-profit foundation to raise private income and obtaining a commercial license allowing it to charge fees for patient transport.
The Onondaga County Sheriffâ€™s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.Â â€œThe ship will not fly unless they do that,â€ Sheriffâ€™s Office Chief John Balloni said.
Defense and aerospace analysts think the Marine Corps will have trouble securing a multi-year contract for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, each of which takes two engines made by Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis.
The U.S. National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform drafted a document which suggests ending procurement of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor and slashing the planned buy of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
Iâ€™m not happy with the likely budgeting for flying hours for the next financial year,â€ affirms Lt-Gen Carlo Gagiano. â€œTo operate all the systems in the SAAF optimally, I need a bigger budget. But we must never stop exploring ways of doing things better and cheaper.â€
The joint helicopter program, called Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE), is considered a key part of both cities’ policing effort, and cuts in the amount of airborne time could hurt the departments’ effectiveness, Costa Mesa Sgt. Tim Starn said.
Due to budget cuts, Huntington Beach has decreased its flight time to 40 hours from 60, saving about $108,000. Anaheim has cut their hours to 45 from 60, reducing costs by $311,000, and the Sheriff’s Department slashed its air time in half â€“ from five hours a day to two and a half, saving $700,000…. Read more »
he budget requests money for a mix of 28 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helos for the Marine Corps; 30 MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft; 24 MH-60R Seahawks for the Navy; and 18 MH-60S Seahawks. The budget submission also calls for three Fire Scout unmanned helicopters