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Universal Helicopters picks SkyTrac for Flight Report Automation

Universal Helicopters picks SkyTrac for Flight Report Automation

Universal Helicopters has selected SKYTRAC systems to automate crew position and flight reports, and to track airframe maintenance metrics for their AS350, Bell 206 and Bell 407 aircraft. With services extending into Canada’s High Arctic, UHNL required a solution that could transmit timely and accurate flight data back to a centrally located operations team even… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 11-Aug-16

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Two helicopters from Helinet Aviation Services will participate in the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 18, at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. The show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation event designed to demonstrate to the public, media and community officials the vital and diverse roles of rotary aviation. American… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 19-Jun-16

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Ferguson no-fly zone not used to restrict media, says police chief

Ferguson no-fly zone not used to restrict media, says police chief

The St Louis county police chief, Jon Belmar, has firmly denied his department asked for a no-fly zone to restrict media access during the unrest that roiled Ferguson’s streets in August. See Full Story

Source: The Guardian, 05-Nov-14

Will TV news helicopters be replaced by drones?

Will TV news helicopters be replaced by drones?

TV’s eyes in the sky have been around for decades and are often indispensible for covering news scenes. On the horizon (figuratively, if not literally) are drones that do the same thing (see full story)

Source: CBS News, 22-Mar-13

Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) starts 2012 by announcing its next generation airborne transmitter, the Heli-Coder 4 (HC4). The product is designed for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and is small enough that it can also be used in watercraft, land, unmanned air or ground vehicle applications. Among the new technological features in the HC4 are:… Read more »

Source: BMS, 06-Jan-12

Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

Bird strikes are not that uncommon with helicopters as most are operating at relatively low level.  But to have two EUrocopters make emergency landings on consecutive days with holes created by those bird strikes is unusual. On Wednesday a news gathering AS350B2 in Scottsdale, Arizona took a dove into the cockpit.  The helicopter is operated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-11

Helicopters Inc selects Quantum Control logistics software

Helicopters Inc selects Quantum Control logistics software

Helicopters, Inc, has selected and implemented Component Control’s Quantum Control MRO and Logistics Software solution to manage its nationwide base of service facilities in support of their fleet of news-gathering helicopters. With major hubs in St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, New York and San Francisco, and regional support throughout the United States, Helicopters, Inc. was looking… Read more »

Source: Component Control, 11-Nov-11

SkyTrac Systems appoints CFO

SkyTrac Systems appoints CFO

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that Mark Phillips has joined SkyTrac’s executive team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Working closely with the President and CEO, Mark will lead and manage all financial aspects of SkyTrac’s business activities. Mark has spent the past 25 years managing the Finance function for Northern Airborne Technology Ltd. (NAT), playing… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 13-Sep-11

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Aspen wins TSO approval for Evolution Synthetic Vision

Aspen wins TSO approval for Evolution Synthetic Vision

Aspen Avionics announced today the Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval of Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) for Evolution Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs). Evolution Synthetic Vision is enabled by Software Version 2.4.x, which will be available upon Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval. FAA STC approval of ESV is imminent and shipment availability… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 01-Sep-11

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Former National Party MP jailed over helicopter designs

Former National Party MP jailed over helicopter designs

“There has been dishonesty of a serious kind for a long time by Mr and Mrs Rogers, all of which has been directed to seeking to preserve assets for the personal benefit of Mr and Mrs Rogers,” judge Woodhouse said in December.

Source: NZ Herald, 02-Feb-11

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SK Logistics awarded contract supporting Eglin and Tyndall AFBs

SK Logistics awarded contract supporting Eglin and Tyndall AFBs

SK Logistics was recently awarded an exclusive use helicopter contract supporting DOD agencies at Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases. The contract was awarded in December 2010 and will be active for six months. Department of Defense agencies under this contract will be utilizing SK Logistics’ helicopter for prescribed burning, fire suppression and numerous other… Read more »

Source: SK Logistics, 25-Jan-11

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Deadly news helicopter collision figure gets 25 years in prison

Deadly news helicopter collision figure gets 25 years in prison

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cari Harrison sentenced him to a total of 303 years, but ordered that all but two of them be served concurrently, meaning Jones will have to serve 25 years.

Source: Arizona Republic, 02-Oct-10

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Man involved in Arizona news helicopter crash faces maximum 465 years in jail

Man involved in Arizona news helicopter crash faces maximum 465 years in jail

Christopher Jones pleaded guilty to 35 counts, including car theft and running from the police. He is not charged with the deaths of the four men who died when the KTVK and KNXV helicopters covering the chase collided.

Source: KFYI, 01-Oct-10

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Heliwest Signs six year JetRanger contract with Network Ten

Heliwest Signs six year JetRanger contract with Network Ten

The next time you watch a news bulletin on Perth’s Channel Ten, odds are some of the video footage will have been shot from a Heliwest aircraft. Western Australia’s largest onshore helicopter company has signed an agreement with Channel Ten to provide a Bell Jetranger 206 lll to the station’s news division for the next… Read more »

06-Jul-10

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First All Nippon Helicopter’s AW139 Achieves Operational Readiness For ENG Missions

AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor for the AW139 medium twin helicopter in Japan, are pleased to announce that the first of two AW139 medium twin helicopters for All Nippon Helicopter has achieved operational readiness to perform electronic news gathering  missions

Source: AgustaWestland, 30-Sep-09

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Uniflight Upgrades New AS350 B2 for WFAA-TV of Dallas

The AS350B2 underwent a custom three color paint scheme, interior modifications, andsome avionics reconfiguration. Uniflight’s unprecedented quality was applied to the installation of every item and a non-staff pilottest-flew the aircraft prior to delivery.

Source: Vertical, 17-Sep-09

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Sky 5 completes 30 years of news coverage for WRAL

Sky 5 was the first TV news helicopter in the state, and former WRAL-TV General Manager John Greene beat other stations to the punch by snapping up a new Hughes 500 helicopter after a sale to the Middle East was canceled.

Source: WRAL, 24-Aug-09

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KUTV takes news helicopter out of service

The local CBS affiliate, to save on leasing fees and the cost of storing it in a hanger, did not renew its lease with the helicopter, said General Manager David Phillips. “I’d much rather lose that than people. These are tough times.”

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 20-Aug-09

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New Simulation Videos Of 2007 Phoenix Television Mid-Air Released

Source: KPHO, 28-Jul-09

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Former traffic reporter who survived helicopter crash sues operator

Source: Sun Sentinel, 12-Jul-09

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Two Boston TV stations plan to share a helicopter

Source: Boston Globe, 21-May-09

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All-Digital Helicopter Added To WLKY Fleet

Source: WLKY, 06-May-09

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KBND Radio takes to the Skies with R22 from Leading Edge Aviation

KBND Radio takes to the Skies with R22 from Leading Edge Aviation

Source: KBND, 05-May-09

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Chopper 4 grounded as two New York TV channels combine helicopter resources

Source: NY Daily News, 02-May-09

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Profile: Air 11 news helicopter in Houston

Source: KHOU, 27-Mar-09

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3 Phoenix TV stations to share helicopter to cover the news

Source: Arizona Republic, 25-Feb-09

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Newswatch 16 grounds helicopter as it becomes “unnecessary expense”

Source: Pocono Record, 04-Feb-09

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NTSB proposes new regulations for news helicopters

Source: Washington Post, 31-Jan-09

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NTSB Determines Pilot’s Failure to See and Avoid Caused 2007 News Helicopter Collision

Source: NTSB, 28-Jan-09

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Denver TV stations KMGH, KUSA to share helicopter

27-Jan-09

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NTSB To Meet On Phoenix News Gathering Helicopters Accident

Source: NTSB, 22-Jan-09

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