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Erickson Air-Crane Helitankers Dampen Wildfires from Southern California and Canada to Europe and Down Under

The summer of 2009 has been another season fighting inferno for Erickson Air-Crane, manufacturer of the world-renowned Helitanker and heavy-lift helicopters

Source: Vertical, 02-Sep-09

Ramco Systems Aviation Group Launches Series 5

Ramco Systems, a Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider, announced today Release 5.1 of Ramco’s Series 5 Aviation Suite.

Source: Vertical, 02-Sep-09

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Air Evac Lifeteam names Harvey Regional Clinical Educator of the Year

Air Evac Lifeteam selected clinical educator Mark Harvey of Clarksville, Tenn. as its 2009 Regional Clinical Educator of the Year August 7 during the company’s regional awards banquet in Florence, Ala.

Source: Leaf Chronicle, 02-Sep-09

San Antonio’s AirLife makes a move north

San Antonio’s  AirLIFE is making a big move. The air ambulance is shifting its base of operations from downtown  Baptist Medical Center on Dallas Street to  North Central Baptist Hospital in Stone Oak.

Source: KENS, 02-Sep-09

Safety Honours For Queenstown Helicopter Company

Over the Top picked up four awards at the recent Aviation Industry Association Conference which also signalled the official launch of the New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA).

Source: Scoop, 02-Sep-09

It is time to send your 2010 “Salute to Excellence” nominations to HAI

For nearly 50 years, HAI has celebrated the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the “Salute to Excellence” awards program.

Source: HAI, 02-Sep-09

NTSB issues recommendations for EMS industry

The NTSB issued 19 recommendations regarding Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS).  These recommendations address various safety issues including pilot training; safety management systems to minimize risk; collection and analysis of flight, weather, and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots, and night vision… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 02-Sep-09

Vertical Magazine releases 2010 Fleet Poster

MHM Publishing, publisher of Vertical and Vertical 911, announces that its 2010 fleet poster is now available for sale.

Source: Vertical, 02-Sep-09

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Bristow Group to Present at the Jefferies 6th Annual Shipping & Offshore Services Conference

Bristow Group to Present at the Jefferies 6th Annual Shipping & Offshore Services Conference

Bristow Group announced that the Company will be attending the Jefferies 6th Annual Shipping & Offshore Services Conference to be held in New York City, September 9, 2009.

Source: Bristow Group, 02-Sep-09

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Air Methods COO Paul H Tate sells 1,000 Shares

Source: Guru Focus, 02-Sep-09

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Air Methods CEO Aaron D Todd sells 1,650 Shares

Source: Guru Focus, 02-Sep-09

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Air Methods CFO Trent Carman sells 20,000 Shares

Source: Guru Focus, 02-Sep-09

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Flight restriction changes considered for heli-skiing in Alaska

Haines Borough leaders plan to consider relaxing regulations on commercial helicopter and heli-skiing activities. They’ll look at eliminating flight-path restrictions and expanding the number of clients companies are permitted.

Source: Chilkat Valley News, 02-Sep-09

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Sandel Sets Flight Testing Schedule for New Helicopter TAWS

Sandel Avionics announced it will begin flight testing as scheduled on October 20, 2009, at Corporate Helicopters of San Diego, CA, for its revolutionary HTAWS (helicopter terrain awareness and warning system)

Source: Vertical, 02-Sep-09

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Presolicitation Notice For On-Call Small Helicopter Support to US Dept of Interior

The Acquisitions Services Directorate of the Department of the Interior’s National Business Center (NBC) has provided HAI with a Presolicitation Notice of Release of Proposed Specifications for on-call 2010 small helicopter support

Source: RotorNews, 02-Sep-09

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CMH Heli-Skiing Announces Sale on High Season Ski Trips to BC’s Kootenay Mountains

CMH Heli-Skiing is offering the most cost-effective way to reach the deep powder slopes of the Selkirk and Monashee ranges of British Columbia. The rate for an all-inclusive heli-ski trip to CMH Kootenay is only $975 CAD per day – but only for those who book before September 15, 2009

Source: CMH Heli-Skiing, 02-Sep-09

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Blue Sky Network Exhibiting at Helitech 2009

Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions for land, sea, and aviation assets, is pleased to confirm that it will beexhibiting at the Helitech Exposition in Duxford, England from September 22 to 24, 2009.

Source: Blue Sky Network, 02-Sep-09

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Meridian Aviation Consulting Offers 34 Helicopters For Sale and Lease

Meridian Aviation Consulting, a division of Meridian Consulting L.L.C., with deep expertise in the rotor wing industry as a consulting & brokerage firm, is now offering 34 helicopters for sale and lease with an estimated market value of over $30 Million.

Source: Rotorhub, 02-Sep-09

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Hosts International Sea King Maintenance Symposium

The 50th anniversary of the legendary S-61â„¢ helicopter will be celebrated during the 12th annual International SEA KINGâ„¢ Maintenance Symposium, kicking off today at the Omni Hotel in New Haven

Source: Sikorsky, 02-Sep-09

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Vector Aerospace consolidates Texas-based RR and PWC engine operations

Vector Aerospace announces its Helicopter Services RR250 model engine repair facility located in Lewisville, Texas is consolidating with the Vector Engine Services-Atlantic PWC engine repair station in Southlake, Texas to create a combined engine repair operation.

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Sep-09

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Appeals court: Police helicopter that spotted pot not flying legal

Because the helicopter was in the airspace without permission from air traffic control, the search of the property during which marijuana was found inside and outside the house was warrantless and forbidden by the Fourth Amendment

Source: Dayton Daily News, 02-Sep-09

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Automated Emergency Data Streaming Is Available Today

Western Avionics has announced that the CommuniCube is capable of streaming Emergency Data directly from the Flight Data Recorder buss, plus any other discreet input, to the ground.

Source: Vertical, 01-Sep-09

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Helicopter issues, park ordinances on Tuesday board agenda in Lake County, California

A continuing discussion on the sheriff’s use of helicopters under a federal grant and new proposed ordinances for county parks will be on the Tuesday Board of Supervisors agenda.

Source: Lake County News, 01-Sep-09

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Flight for Life to celebrate 25 years as air ambulance in Illinois

Source: Northwest Herald, 01-Sep-09

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Aero Rio, Brazil Flying Max-Viz EVS-1500 on Sikorsky S-76 C++

Max-Viz announced the successful integration and installation of the new EVS-1500 Enhanced Vision System with Aero Rio, Brazil on their corporate VIP S-76C++

Source: Max-Viz, 01-Sep-09

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Police Service of Northern Ireland hire in second helicopter

The PSNI has hired a second helicopter to help in the fight against dissident republicans who set up an illegal checkpoint in south Armagh last weekend.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 01-Sep-09

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University of Virginia Health System’s Pegasus celebrates 25 years

On Aug. 31, 1984, Pegasus, the University of Virginia Health System’s chopper, carried an accident victim from Louisa County to the hospital.  Today, that would hardly merit a batted eyelid. In 1984, it was revolutionary, as Pegasus, the medical chopper, made its first flight.

Source: Charlottesville Daily Progress, 01-Sep-09

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Police Aviation News – September 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Sep-09

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Bell, security guards union reach contract deal

Bell Helicopter has reached a new contract with the union representing security guards and firefighters at its Dallas-Fort Worth-area plants.

Source: Dallas Morning News, 01-Sep-09

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Pawan Hans starts AME training school, admission opens

State-owned  Pawan   Hans Ltd has set up a maintenance engineering (AME) training school at  Mumbai to meet the demand for skilled manpower for maintenance of helicopters. State-owned Pawan Hans Ltd has set up a maintenance engineering (AME) training school at Mumbai to meet the demand for skilled manpower for maintenance of helicopters. State-owned  Pawan   Hans… Read more »

Source: Indopia, 01-Sep-09

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Lockheed Martin Completes Acquisition Of Gyrocam Systems LLC

Source: Lockheed Martin, 01-Sep-09

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Local newspaper confirms one year sponsorship of Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter

The trust and the newspaper already shared a close working relationship, which is expected to be strengthened now the paper is on the side of the chopper.

Source: Stuff, 28-Aug-09

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The strange case of the AW139 tailboom that came off

An AW139 aircraft had an occurrence resulting in major damage to the aircraft tail boom while ground  taxiing.  There were no injuries to the crew or passengers.

Source: Flightglobal, 28-Aug-09

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Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to upgrade from Power to Grand

Sloane Helicopters, based at Sywell, will equip the new aircraft when it arrives in the UK and said patients will benefit enormously from the upgrade.

Source: Northampton Chronicle, 28-Aug-09

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Flying doctors at last for Zealand region in Denmark

Patients in the Capital and Zealand Health Regions will benefit from an emergency flying doctor service from next March as part of an 18-month trial.

Source: Copenhagen Post, 28-Aug-09

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Deadline for American Eurocopter’s Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Extended to September 11th

This prestigious award aims to promote aviation safety within the air medical community and American Eurocopter will contribute up to $10,000 to the winner to further their safety efforts.

Source: American Eurocopter, 28-Aug-09

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Korea National Police Agency Order An AW119Ke

AgustaWestland and UI International (UII) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Korean Public Procurement Services to supply the Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) with one AW119Ke law enforcement helicopter as part of an on-going programme to modernise the Police helicopter fleet

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Aug-09

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New Marketing Director joins Absolute Fire Solutions

AFS is pleased to announce that Larry Hindman of Albuquerque, New Mexico will join the team of foresters, former operators, and technicians working to develop and promote the FAST Bucket and line of accessories designed to increase the utility of helicopter firefighting missions.

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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Helicopter potential as South Carolina Committee Recommends Offshore Drilling

A South Carolina feasibility study committee will give a go-ahead this week for offshore natural gas and oil exploration while federal regulators in September are expected to put some protections of thousands of square miles of the potential drilling area where valuable deep sea coral is found.

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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DART Helicopter Services Announces EASA Approval for AKV’s Dual Engine Cycle Counter for BK117

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, AKV Inc. has received EASA approval for their Dual Engine Cycle Counters for all of the BK117 series helicopters. Transport Canada and FAA approvals have been previously received.

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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HELI-EXPO 2010 – Lottery 2 Deadline Extended to Monday, September 14, 2009

Applications for Space and payments must be received by the close of business, 5:30 p.m. EST, on Monday, September 14, to be eligible

Source: HAI, 28-Aug-09

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McLennan County leaders to decide fate of Sheriff’s helicopter

A dispute about whether spend $85,000 overhauling the engine of a law enforcement helicopter that McLennan County got for free could leave the chopper grounded

Source: Houston Chronicle, 28-Aug-09

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JSFirm integrates its jobs site with Twitter

JSfirm continues to make it simple. When a company posts a job, it’s automatically sent to Twitter for distribution to thousands of followers.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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Helicomb training rewarded by FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration, which encourages recurrent training, recognized Helicomb for its programs Wednesday.

Source: Tulsa World, 28-Aug-09

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NTSB issues recommendations regarding Hudson River Class B exclusion area

The NTSB today issued five safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) resulting from the Safety Board’s ongoing investigation of the midair collision over the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey on August 8, 2009.  The collision of a Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopter, and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane caused nine fatalities, including the pilot… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Aug-09

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Michael Kraft to Head Lycoming Engines

Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced Michael Kraft as its new senior vice president and general manager, replacing Ian Walsh who was promoted to Chief Innovation Officer at Textron Systems

Source: Lycoming, 28-Aug-09

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Onboard Systems Receives Certifications for Robinson R44 Raven II Pin Load Cell

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its latest pin load cell has been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. The pin load cell is part of a new Onboard Weighing System designed for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft.

Source: Onboard Systems, 28-Aug-09

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Arizona Department of Health Services Addresses HEMS Issues

On Aug. 17, 2009, the Arizona Department of Health Services State Trauma Advisory Board (STAB) met to consider helicopter emergency medical services safety issues and possible remediation practices.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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Sikorsky Begins Testing of Active Rotor System to Improve Helicopter Performance

As part of an effort to improve helicopter performance, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has begun whirl testing a demonstration rotor system with active flaps. The effort is jointly funded by Sikorsky and the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Aug-09

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Winter Olympic security may ground airlines, heliskiers

The Olympic rings have a whole new meaning for helicopter and small aircraft operators in the Sea to Sky corridor.  That’s because airspace security during February’s Olympics is laid out in rings like the ripples on a pond and many aviators say the rings are making it all but impossible to carry on with business.

Source: Pique, 28-Aug-09

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FAA Publishes New Rules for NVGs

On Aug. 21, 2009, the United States Federal Aviation Administration published a final rule establishing requirements for night vision goggle training, proficiency and operations, among other rule changes relating to pilot, flight instructor and pilot school certification.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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Robson Helimagic Launches New Website and Facebook Page

Robson Helimagic introduces their new website which contains information on helicopter tours, winter heli ski, Valemount weather conditions, ski rental rates, sightseeing tours, bus tours and need to know information. Join their Facebook group “Robson Helimagic Inc.” to see what a real Canadian Rockies tour is all about.

Source: Robson Helimagic, 28-Aug-09

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Dart Announces TC, FAA & EASA Approval of AS350/AS355 Interior Panels

Dart Announces TC, FAA & EASA Approval of AS350/AS355 Interior Panels

DART’s AS 350/AS 355 Interior Trim panels improve the aesthetic appeal of the aircraft interior and provide superior resistance to warping and cracking.  The interior trim panels consist of light grey aircraft grade polycarbonate components that fasten to the aircraft structure using the existing OEM fastening methods.

Source: Helicopters Mag, 28-Aug-09

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Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca Sign MoU for Mi-34 Sapsan helicopter

Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca Sign MoU for Mi-34 Sapsan helicopter

Russian Helicopters, JSC, and Turbomeca have signed a memorandum on engine deliveries for the first Russian light turbine helicopter Sapsan (Mi-34S2) at MAKS airshow.

Source: DefPro, 28-Aug-09

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Uniflight Completes New AS350B2 for LW Engineering

he AS3350 underwent an Avionics Completion, Paint in addition to an Integrated Air Systems Air Conditioning System.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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Aeronav Moves Onwards and Upwards

Aeronav Avionics recently took possession of its newly completed facility on the north side of Pitt Meadows Airport in the Vancouver, B.C. area.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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Eurocopter and UTair Aviation sign MoA to establish certified Eurocopter Flight Training Center in Russia

This agreement is a new step in the cooperation that Eurocopter and UTair have started to establish several years ago. In 2008, the two companies decided to create an integrated technical maintenance center in Tyumen to support the Eurocopter fleet in Russia. This Eurocopter certified maintenance center will open its doors towards the end of… Read more »

Source: RotorNews, 28-Aug-09

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Med-Trans to Assume Operations for AeroCare Air Medical Services in Texas and New Mexico

Med-Trans Corporation announced today they have entered into an agreement with Covenant Health System for the purchase of AeroCare, based out of Lubbock.

Source: Med-Trans, 28-Aug-09

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Sikorsky up human-powered helicopter prize from $20K to $250K

On Thursday, Sikorsky Aircraft increased the prize money for the Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition from $20,000 to $250,000. The contest is more than two decades old and no one has met the requirements of hovering about 10 feet in the air for 60 seconds.

Source: Connecticut Post, 28-Aug-09

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President of Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev visited Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

On the 24th of August 2009 the President of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev visited Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant in the context of the official visit to the Republic of Buryatia.

Source: Ulan-Ude, 28-Aug-09

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Omaha Police Dept helicopter unit reprieved to end of year at least

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle decided Thursday against grounding the city’s police helicopters, instead signing off on cuts elsewhere in the Police Department’s budget.

Source: Omaha World-Herald, 28-Aug-09

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Recommendations on HEMS on NTSB public meeting agenda 1st September

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., in its Board Room and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC.

Source: NTSB, 28-Aug-09

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Safari Helicopter Acquired by CHR International Inc

Safari Helicopter Acquired by CHR International Inc

CHR International Inc., a US corporation previously involved in aviation, announces the acquisition of SAFARI Helicopter. The SAFARI is an “Experimental” class helicopter sold Flight Ready or as a Kit for homebuilding. Formerly called a “Baby Belle”, it bears a striking resemblance to a Bell 47.

Source: Vertical, 28-Aug-09

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StandardAero Names Scott Taylor Business Aviation Sector Leader

With over 20 years experience leading global sales, marketing and strategy development, Taylor will be responsible for developing and executing sustainable long-term strategy for the business aviation sector and for creating innovative approaches to growing existing products and services.

Source: StandardAero, 28-Aug-09

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Able Engineering To Provide Cost-Saving Repair & PMA Parts Solutions On Twitter

Companies all over the world looking to lower their aviation operating costs can now receive ongoing updates and the latest information about Able Engineering’s products & events by following the new “AbleEngineering” account on Twitter.

Source: RotorNews, 27-Aug-09

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EASA Certifies AFS High-Performance Inlet Barrier Filter for MD Explorer

AFS has received an STC from EASA for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for MD Helicopters’ (MDHI) MD900/MD902 Explorer series. The certification clears the way for MD Explorer operators to maximize engine protection while reaping performance and maintenance benefits available with an IBF.

Source: AFS, 27-Aug-09

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Latitude Technologies Equips Western Area Power Administration Rotorcraft

Latitude Technologies announced today that the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) within the U.S. Department of Energy has selected Latitude to provide a suite of Satcom hardware products and related services for its helicopter fleet.

Source: ALEA, 27-Aug-09

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Whirly-Girls Scholarships Open

Whirly-Girls International has announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2010 Whirly-Girls scholarships.

Source: Vertical, 27-Aug-09

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FAA Announces OCAS as the First Audio Visual Warning System Installed, Tested and Approved for use in the National Airspace

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published a memo announcing the approved use of Audio Visual Warning Systems (AVWS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) and the administration’s intentions to update Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K, Obstruction Marking and Lighting, the recommended marking standards for obstacles that penetrate the NAS.

Source: FAA, 27-Aug-09

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FAA Names New Government Affairs Advisor

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced the appointment of Roderick D. Hall as the new FAA assistant administrator for government affairs

Source: FAA, 27-Aug-09

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Bristow Group Announces Preferred Dividend and Mandatory Conversion of Preferred Stock

Bristow Group Announces Preferred Dividend and Mandatory Conversion of Preferred Stock

Bristow Group declared a quarterly dividend of $0.6875 per share of mandatory convertible preferred stock issued and outstanding at the close of business on September 1, 2009. Additionally, each share of the mandatory convertible preferred stock, unless previously converted, will automatically convert on September 15, 2009, into shares of Bristow’s common stock.

Source: Bristow Group, 27-Aug-09

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Angel MedFlight’s Legal Team Overturn Insurance Company Decision

409 days ago, Sally’s health insurance company told her they would not cover her air ambulance flight to be evaluated for a liver transplant. Yesterday, after four appeals and countless hours of work by Angel MedFlight’s patient advocates, that decision was reversed. The insurance company will now pay the full amount of the services provided… Read more »

Source: Angel MedFlight, 27-Aug-09

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EC135 arrives for PHI Air Medical of Kentucky

The air lifting of patients in the Morehead area should get a little more convenient thanks to PHI Air Medical of Kentucky’s acquisition of a 2007 ECI 35 American Eurocopter.

Source: Morehead News, 27-Aug-09

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Acrimonious row erupts over rainforest sightseeing flights in Zimbabwe

A showdown is looming between the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Victoria Falls Town Council after the local authority allocated land for helipads to seven potential helicopter operators to venture into providing flights over the rainforest.

Source: Sunday News, 27-Aug-09

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Vector Aerospace acquires certified OH58 airframe maintenance fixture

Vector Aerospace now offers Bell Helicopter-certified airframe repair capability for the OH-58 (Kiowa) A and C models, via its new maintenance fixture located at the company’s Andalusia, Alabama helicopter repair and overhaul operation.

Source: Vector Aerospace, 27-Aug-09

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