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A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

UAE Expansion Plans For Bell

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

Budget Cuts For Pinal County

Budget Cuts For Pinal County

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.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Budget pressures for Flagler County’s Fire Flight AS350

Flagler’s Firefighting and Helicopter Costs Expose County Tensions Over Wants and Needs – see full story

Source: Flager Live, 19-Jun-13

Belgian Police grounded by budget issues?

Belgian Police grounded by budget issues?

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-12

Fuel donation helps Oakland Police continue flying

Fuel donation helps Oakland Police continue flying

Oakland police lauded Fueling California on Wednesday after the nonprofit donated $10,000 worth of fuel to power their helicopters. (see full story)

Source: Oakland Tribune, 31-May-12

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Valley Air Care – last flight

Valley Air Care – last flight

The Rio Grande Valley’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. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-11

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Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

Onondaga County Legislature decided on Tuesday to stop all funding of their Air-1 helicopter.  The Legislature’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 year  (See full story)

13-Oct-11

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Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

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.  A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the company’s name displayed prominently on it.  While it will retain its “Air-1” radio call sign, it would… Read more »

Source: Post-Standard, 29-Sep-11

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Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

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.  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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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Valley AirCare to be grounded by Texas state cuts

Valley AirCare to be grounded by Texas state cuts

The Rio Grande Valley’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.  With… Read more »

Source: HeilHub.com, 24-Aug-11

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FAA halts more critical aviation projects

FAA halts more critical aviation projects

The Federal Aviation Administration issued additional “stop work orders” 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 »

Source: FAA, 27-Jul-11

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San Diego Police helicopter hours cut

San Diego Police helicopter hours cut

State budget cuts have forced San Diego Police to reduce from 10 to 6 hours a day (full story)

Source: KUSI, 25-Jul-11

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Life Star staying at Norwich hospital despite state cuts

Life Star staying at Norwich hospital despite state cuts

Hartford Hospital officials have renewed their commitment to keeping the Life Star program at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT (Full story)

Source: Norwich Bulletin, 24-Jul-11

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Houston Police fleet grounded following budget cut

Houston Police fleet grounded following budget cut

After the Mayor of Houston cut their fuel budget by 75%, the Police’s aviation unit has cut their daily flying hours from 20 to 3.  Full story

Source: KHOU, 20-Jul-11

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California’s ABLE program now grounded for good

California’s ABLE program now grounded for good

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.  Both cities have dismantled the shared police helicopter program, thus ending a 15-year partnership. Both city councils decided to cut ABLE… Read more »

Source: Daily Pilot, 02-Jul-11

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UK: Cambridgeshire Police propose ditching MD902 to join Chiltern ASU

UK: Cambridgeshire Police propose ditching MD902 to join Chiltern ASU

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 »

Source: Cambridgeshire Police, 29-Jun-11

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Undersheriff pitches Air-1 helicopter survival to DA’s advisory council

Undersheriff pitches Air-1 helicopter survival to DA’s advisory council

The legislature only funded Air-1 through June 30, placing the second half of the year’s funding in a contingency account to be released if the Sheriff’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.

Source: Post-Standard, 07-Jun-11

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Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

Onondaga County Sheriff seeks $350K to keep Air 1 flying

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office asked county lawmakers today to release nearly $350,000 in funding to keep its helicopter flying after June 30.  “The ship will not fly unless they do that,” Sheriff’s Office Chief John Balloni said.

11-May-11

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Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

Federal budget could create headaches for Rolls-Royce

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.

Source: IBJ, 15-Apr-11

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San Jose may ground Police helicopter to save cash

San Jose may ground Police helicopter to save cash

A proposal would ground the San Jose Police Department’s helicopter for at least a year because of the city’s $110 million budget deficit.

Source: CBS San Francisco, 27-Feb-11

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DeKalb County decimates police helicopter budget

DeKalb County decimates police helicopter budget

All but emergency flights are now banned due to budgetary constraints

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 27-Feb-11

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US Fiscal Reform Commission wants halt to V-22 procurement

US Fiscal Reform Commission wants halt to V-22 procurement

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.

Source: AIN, 22-Nov-10

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Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

Chief of the South African Air Force calls for budget increase

I’m not happy with the likely budgeting for flying hours for the next financial year,” affirms Lt-Gen Carlo Gagiano. “To 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.”

Source: Engineering News, 17-Oct-10

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Budget cuts force Dallas Police to retire newest and most capable helicopter

Budget cuts force Dallas Police to retire newest and most capable helicopter

Dallas Police operate two Bell 206s from 2006 and one Bell 407 from 2007. Maintenance costs are cited in the City’s decision to dispose

Source: WFAA, 10-Oct-10

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Air One’s inclusion in Onondaga County’s budget still unsure

Air One’s inclusion in Onondaga County’s budget still unsure

The deadline for the Onondaga County budget is next month, but there’s still no final decision about funding for the Air One emergency helicopter.

Source: WSYR, 04-Oct-10

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California’s ABLE consortium face budget cut

California’s ABLE consortium face budget cut

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.

Source: LA Times, 07-Jul-10

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Maui’s Mayor proposes to eliminate island’s only helicopter ambulance

Forced to make difficult budget decisions due to a dramatic drop in tax revenue collections, Mayor Charmaine Tavares has proposed to eliminate Maui County’s only helicopter ambulance service

Source: Maui News, 14-Apr-10

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Bulgarian Panther order reduced after budget cuts

Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry intends to alter the scope of some its of weapon purchases because of a shortage of money, Defense Minister Angelov has announced.

Source: Novinite, 07-Apr-10

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Californian police helicopter programs reduced – Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange County and ABLE

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 – from five hours a day to two and a half, saving $700,000…. Read more »

Source: Orange County Register, 22-Mar-10

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Baltimore Police helicopter on chopping block?

News coming out about budget cuts sounds dire for the Baltimore Police Department. At the moment, the police helicopter known as Foxtrot is on the chopping block.

Source: Baltimore Sun, 19-Mar-10

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Costa Mesa may reconsider air unit as $9M budget shortfall comes in focus

Council members suggested taking closer looks at the Airborne Law Enforcement Services program, which provides helicopter policing services primarily in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana.

Source: Orange County Register, 12-Mar-10

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US Navy Fiscal 2011 budget calls for 103 new helicopters

US Navy Fiscal 2011 budget calls for 103 new helicopters

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

Source: Navy Times, 02-Feb-10

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US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

US 2011 Defense Budget Highlights Need For Rotorcraft

UH-60 Blackhawk, MH-60 SeaHawk, CH-47 Chinook, and V-22 Osprey are all cited as “High Priority”

Source: Lexington Institute, 30-Jan-10

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Maryland State budget cuts could ground Natural Resources Police unit

Source: Baltimore Sun, 25-Jan-09

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